BOOKS of Note – My personal 2017 book challenge


As part of my New Year resolution I decided to read 52 books this year. One every week. Yes! You might think that sounds a bit superficial and you are right. But it will make me read. A lot.

For that reason I asked my friends to recommend me a book that absolutely has to be on such list. Could be anything. Non-fiction or fiction or even graphic novels.

The only limitation was that the books can´t be tooooo long and could be realistically read in a week (besides work). I am not the fastest reader after all. (Thanks Kay, for recommending The Count of Monte Cristo…)

The below list is what they came back with. I realised again what a diverse and well-read circle of friends I have. There might be an inspirational read for some of you, too. And if you can recommend any further readings…fire away!

OK; now I better start reading…


Books of note – as recommended by my friends

Title Author Kind Country
The Quiet American Graham Greene Fiction UK
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis Fiction UK
Ravelstein Saul Bellow Fiction Canada
Headhunters Jo Nesbo Fiction Norway
Ulysses James Joyce Fiction Ireland
Atomised Michel Houellebecq Fiction France
I am pilgrim Terry Hayes Fiction UK
the pillars of the earth Ken Follett Fiction UK
The Waterproof Bible Andrew Kaufman Fiction Canada
No Name Wilkie Collins Fiction UK
One Thousand and One Nights Div Fiction Div
Hector and the Search for Happiness Francois Lelord Fiction France
The Martian andy weir Fiction USA
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon Fiction USA
Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood Fiction Canada
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami Fiction Japan
The Innocent Ian McEwan Fiction UK
Dead Poets Society Nancy H Kleinbaum Fiction USA
The Execution of Justice Friedrich Dürrenmatt Fiction Switzerland
Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Fiction Ireland
Summerhouse, later Judith Hermann Fiction Germany
Wild Swans Jung Chang Fiction China
Scarfolk Richard Littler Fiction UK
A Heart So White Javier Marias Fiction Spain
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón Fiction Spain
City of Marvels Eduardo Garriga Fiction Spain
Homo Faber Max Frisch Fiction Switzerland
The power of the dog Don Winslow Fiction USA
Water for elephants Sara Gruen Fiction Canada
A fine balance Rohinton Mistry Fiction India
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Fiction USA
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Fiction USA
Orlando Virginia Woolf Fiction UK
Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch Fiction UK
Sonnets William Shakespeare Fiction UK
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Fiction UK
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman Fiction UK
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga Fiction India
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Fiction Afghanistan
Anna karenina Leo Tolstoy Fiction Russia
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy Fiction Russia
No one Belongs Here More Than You Miranda July Fiction USA
Care of Wooden Floors Will Wiles Fiction UK
Celestine Prophecy James Redfield Fiction USA
Silk Alessandro Baricco Fiction Italy
Lennon is dead Alexander Osang Fiction Germany
When the lion feeds Wilbur Smith Fiction South Africa
The alchemist Paulo Coelho Fiction Brazil
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital Lorrie Moore Fiction USA
A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara Fiction USA
Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse Fiction UK
Stories we could tell Tony Parsons Fiction UK
Dark Matter Juli Zeh Fiction Germany
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Fiction Russia
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Fiction UK
Ham on rye Charles Bukowski Fiction USA
a prayer for Owen meany John Irving Fiction USA
My cousin Rachel Daphne Du Maurier Fiction UK
The 100 year old man climbed out of a window and disappeared Jonas Jonasson Fiction Sweden
The Flatey Enigma Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson Fiction Iceland
Bamboo Road Ann Bennett Fiction UK
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fiction Nigeria
The Blizzard Vladimir Georgievich Sorokin Fiction Russia
The Discreet Hero Mario Vargas-Llosa Fiction Peru
Distant Star Roberto Bolano Fiction Chile
The time, the time Martin Suter Fiction Switzerland
Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger Fiction USA
PS, I Love You Cecelia Ahern Fiction Ireland
May We Be Forgiven A. M. Homes Fiction USA
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas Fiction France
Capital john lanchester Fiction UK
Last Night in Twisted River John Irving Fiction USA
Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy John Le Carre Fiction UK
The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Fiction UK
Anthem Ayn Rand Fiction USA
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman Fiction USA
The overcoat Nikolai Gogol Fiction Russia
The 39 steps John Buchan Fiction UK
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson Fiction USA
The Sun also rises Ernest Hemingway Fiction USA
Journey to the end of the night Louis-Ferdinand Celine Fiction France
Peter and Mary go fishing Nat Darke Fiction East-Germany
Becoming Animal David Abram Non-Fiction USA
Destiny Disrupted Tamim Ansary Non-Fiction Afghanistan
Good Strategy Bad Strategy Richard Rumelt Non-Fiction USA
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill Matthieu Ricard Non-Fiction France
EGO Frank Schirrmacher Non-Fiction Germany
Debt: The First 5,000 Years David Graeber Non-Fiction USA
Pretty Boy Roy Shaw Non-Fiction UK
Mr Nice Howard Marks Non-Fiction UK
Little Book of Hygge Meik Wiking Non-Fiction Danmark
Design your life Bill Burnett Non-Fiction USA
Bossypants Tina Fey Non-Fiction USA
Me talk pretty one day David Sedaris Non-Fiction USA
Shoe Dog Phil Knight Non-Fiction USA
Sailing Alone Around the World Joshua Slocum Non-Fiction Canada
Sextant David Barrie Non-Fiction UK
When Genius Failed Roger Lowenstein Non-Fiction USA
The Big Short Michael Lewis Non-Fiction USA
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future Ashlee Vance Non-Fiction USA
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer Non-Fiction USA
Extreme Metaphors JG Ballard Non-Fiction UK
My Lunches with Orson Orson Welles Non-Fiction USA
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson Non-Fiction UK
Deep Survival Laurence Gonzales Non-Fiction USA
In Cold blood Truman Capote Non-Fiction USA
The man who mistook his wife for a hat Oliver Sacks Non-Fiction UK
Leaders eat last Simon Sinek Non-Fiction USA
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Non-Fiction USA
Shakespeare Bill Bryson Non-Fiction UK
Cosmos and Psyche Richard Tarnas Non-Fiction USA
Habibi Craig Thompson Graphic Novel/Picture Book USA
Black Hole Charles Burns Graphic Novel/Picture Book USA
From Hell Alan Moore Graphic Novel/Picture Book UK
Calvin and Hobbes Bill Watterson Graphic Novel/Picture Book USA
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Graphic Novel/Picture Book USA

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