The Book Club (Ten Things)

Even though I was a literature student back in High School and College, I never did develop a keen interest for fiction texts or literature novels; most of the time, I only read books because they were prescribed in the reading lists. However, with pockets of time in the army, I have started to develop a mild passion for reading; and as part of my 2011-12 resolutions, I compiled a list of famous novels for me to read and review throughout the year. Doing the aforementioned – and establishing The Book Club – allows me to keep track of the books I have read, and provides a proper closure for each book explored.

I am not a literary expert: the Ten Things I have picked up are personal perspectives, which may sometimes differ from critical analysis or academic commentaries. More importantly, as I have realised, just because a book is famous or critically acclaimed does not necessarily mean the reader will – or have to – enjoy it. Personally, I am a little biased towards detective and crime fiction, and enjoy thrilling plot developments over extensive descriptions of the settings or intricate characterisation. But that’s just me.

On a wider scale, I hope this list would inspire more individuals to start picking up fiction novels and read. You will never know what you are missing out on until you wholeheartedly decide to commit and read.

Fiction and Non-Fiction (Singaporean Authors)
Chee Joon Suan Democratically Speaking
Stella Kon Emily of Emerald Hill
Amanda Lee Koe Ministry of Moral Panic
Sonny Liew The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Catherine Lim Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore
Clement Mesenas Dissident Voices: Personalities in Singapore’s Political History
Peh Shing Huei Neither Civil nor Servant: The Philip Yeo Story
Poh Soo Kai Comet in our Sky: Lim Chin Siong in History | Living in a Time of Deception
Kenneth Paul Tan Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies and Futures after Lee Kuan Yew | Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power
Constance Singam and Margaret Thomas The Art of Advocacy in Singapore
Simon Tay Stand Alone
Wong Souk Yee Death of a Perm Sec
Ho Chi Tim and Ann Wee Singapore Chronicles: Social Services

Fiction (International Authors)
Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Louisa May Alcott Little Women
Dante Alighieri Inferno
Martin Amis London Fields
Jeffrey Archer Tell Tale
Jane Austen Persuasion
Honoré de Balzac Old Goriot
Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
Albert Camus The Stranger
Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep | The Long Goodbye
Anton Chekhov The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov
Kate Chopin The Story of an Hour
Agatha Christie And Then There Were None | A Pocket Full of RyeCrooked House | Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case | Death on the Nile | Hercule Poirot’s ChristmasMurder on the Orient Express | Peril at End House | The Body in the LibraryThe Moving FingerThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street
J.M. Coetzee Disgrace
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
Roald Dahl Ten Short Stories
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two CitiesGreat Expectations
Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet | Hound of the Baskervilles | The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesThe Sign of the Four
Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers
Katherine Dunn Geek Love
Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose
George Eliot Middlemarch
Brent Easton Ellis American Psycho
Ralph Ellison Invisible Man
Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex
William Faulkner As I Lay Dying | The Sound and the Fury
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary
Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
E.M. Forster A Passage to India
Neil Gaiman American Gods
Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper
Graham Greene Brighton Rock
Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha
William Golding Lord of the Flies
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mohsin Hamid Exit West
Joseph Heller Catch-22
Robert A. Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
Keigo Higashino Salvation of a SaintThe Devotion of Suspect X
Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid SunsThe Kite Runner
Victor Hugo Les Misérables
Aldous Huxley Brave New World
Kazuo Ishiguro An Artist of the Floating WorldNever Let Me Go | The Buried GiantThe Remains of the Day
Han Kang Human Acts
Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
John le Carré Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness
Harper Lee Go Set a WatchmanTo Kill a Mockingbird
Min Jin Lee Pachinko
Cixin Liu The Three-Body Problem | The Dark Forest | Death’s End
Ken Liu The Paper Menagerie
Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven
Herman Melville Moby-Dick
A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveller’s Wife
Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere
Viet Thanh Nguyen The Refugees
George Orwell Animal Farm | Nineteen Eighty-Four
Orhan Pamuk My Name is Red
Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
Edgar Allan Poe The Fall of the House of Usher
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men | The Grapes of Wrath
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Bram Stoker Dracula
Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace
Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Jules Verne Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Kurt Vonnegut Breakfast of ChampionsCat’s CradleSlaughterhouse-Five
Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds
Andy Weir The Egg
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
P.G. Wodehouse The Code of the Woosters
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

Non-Fiction (International Authors)
Africa The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence
Arms Trade The Shadow World: Inside The Global Arms Trade
Biographies and Memoirs A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and LeadershipBetter Never to Have BeenDag Hammarskjöld: Instrument, Catalyst, Inspirer | Decision PointsDo No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain SurgeryHillbilly Elegy | The Argonauts | The Last Lecture | When Breath Becomes Air | Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Capitalism Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance | PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future | The Price of Inequality
China Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China | China’s Crony CapitalismChina’s FutureHow China Escaped the Poverty TrapPrisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang | The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers
Communism The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern World | The Rise and Fall of Communism
Cold War The Cold War | Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base
Design The Design of Everyday Things
Economics Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural EconomicsNudge |  Poor Economics | The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds
Education Educated | Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Changes in Finland?
Energy Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank
Environment Client EarthThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Exploration Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen
Health Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
History A Little History of the World | A People’s History of the United States | The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous LegacyThe Man Who Broke Into AuschwitzThe March of FollyThe Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 | War by Other Means
India The End of Karma: Hope and Fury among India’s Young
Justice Between the World and Me | Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | The New Jim Crow | We Were Eight Years in Power
Language The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy | The Etymologicon
Literature Paperbacks from Hell
Media The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You | WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy
Memoir Into Thin Air
Middle East Every Man in this Village is a Liar: An Education in War | If the Oceans were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran | The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
Philanthropy Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better | Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Philosophy Better Never to Have Been
Politics Against Elections: The Case for Democracy | Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
Public Policy Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World – And Why Things are Better Than You Think | Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus | Missed InformationShow Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigour and Results in Public Policy | Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Psychology Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable | The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and WhyThinking, Fast and Slow
Russia Black Wind, White Snow
Science A Brief History of TimeAstrophysics for People in a HurrySapiens: A Brief History of HumankindThe Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Space Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Sports The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Statistics Everybody LiesSuperforecasting: the Art and Science of Prediction
Terrorism Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS | No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes | One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway | What Terrorists Want
Trivia What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
United Nations Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy | United Nations at a Glance
United States The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America | The Price of Admission
Writing The Elements of Style

Batman Arkham AsylumBlack and White, Vol. 1, 2, 3 | Dark Victory | Haunted Knight | Hush | Knightfall, Vol. 1 | The Black Mirror | The Dark Knight Returns, Strikes AgainThe Killing Joke | The Long Halloween | The Man Who Laughs | Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? | Year One
DMZ Book One | Book Two | Book Three | Book Four | Book Five
From Hell
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, 2
The Little World of Liz Climo
Kingdom Come
Monstress Volume One: Awakening | Volume Two: The Blood | Volume Three: Haven
Superman Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes | The Doll’s House | Dream Country | Season of Mists | A Game of You | Fables and Reflections | Brief Lives
Tintin Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
Tom Strong Deluxe Edition Book One
V for Vendetta


195 thoughts on “The Book Club (Ten Things)

  1. Might I suggest also two British writers. Graham Greene and Kazuo Ishiguro.

    I find Greene’s prose useful as studies in effective story telling. He effortlessly combines the most common techniques, from memorable characterization, to metaphors, to action flow. Outside of these, his humour makes his stories very enjoyable reads, even if they are of a gone era.

    Some folks criticize Ishiguro for being haphazard. But I think he accurately reflects how people remember things, frequently jumping from one topic to another, and back. That makes his tales enduring.

    Posted by timmytimtim93 | November 30, 2012, 5:41 pm
  2. As a comic book fan, I highly recommend Kieron Gillen’s works such as “Journey into Mystery” (issues 622-636 where Loki becomes kid Loki) and “The Wicked + The Divine” (where pop stars are gods). He is a master of storytelling, character development and dialogue and he does a lot of research for each series so there’s a lot of foreshadowing and insights in his work.

    Posted by gigglegaggle | February 25, 2019, 9:38 pm


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  123. Pingback: Kazuo Ishiguro’s “An Artist Of The Floating World” | guanyinmiao's musings - March 29, 2018

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  130. Pingback: Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand Of Darkness” | guanyinmiao's musings - May 17, 2018

  131. Pingback: Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” | guanyinmiao's musings - May 24, 2018

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  134. Pingback: Barbara W. Tuchman’s “The March Of Folly” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 14, 2018

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  137. Pingback: Jennifer M. Harris And Robert Blackwill’s “War By Other Means” | guanyinmiao's musings - July 5, 2018

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  139. Pingback: Raymond Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye” | guanyinmiao's musings - July 19, 2018

  140. Pingback: Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” | guanyinmiao's musings - July 26, 2018

  141. Pingback: Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” | guanyinmiao's musings - August 2, 2018

  142. Pingback: Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast Of Champions” | guanyinmiao's musings - August 9, 2018

  143. Pingback: Anton Chekhov’s “The Selected Stories Of Anton Chekhov” | guanyinmiao's musings - August 16, 2018

  144. Pingback: Ho Chi Tim And Ann Wee’s “Singapore Chronicles: Social Services” | guanyinmiao's musings - August 23, 2018

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  147. Pingback: David Benatar’s “Better Never To Have Been” | guanyinmiao's musings - September 13, 2018

  148. Pingback: Jeanette Winterson’s “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” | guanyinmiao's musings - September 20, 2018

  149. Pingback: Minxin Pei’s “China’s Crony Capitalism” | guanyinmiao's musings - September 27, 2018

  150. Pingback: Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” | guanyinmiao's musings - October 4, 2018

  151. Pingback: Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” | guanyinmiao's musings - October 11, 2018

  152. Pingback: Mary Roach’s “Packing For Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In The Void” | guanyinmiao's musings - October 18, 2018

  153. Pingback: Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” | guanyinmiao's musings - October 25, 2018

  154. Pingback: Marjorie Liu’s “Monstress (Volume One: Awakening)” | guanyinmiao's musings - November 1, 2018

  155. Pingback: Marjorie Liu’s “Monstress (Volume Two: The Blood)” | guanyinmiao's musings - November 8, 2018

  156. Pingback: Marjorie Liu’s “Monstress (Volume Three: Haven)” | guanyinmiao's musings - November 15, 2018

  157. Pingback: Peh Shing Huei’s “Neither Civil Nor Servant: The Philip Yeo Story” | guanyinmiao's musings - November 22, 2018

  158. Pingback: Constance Singam And Margaret Thomas’s “The Art Of Advocacy In Singapore” | guanyinmiao's musings - November 29, 2018

  159. Pingback: Brian Wood’s “DMZ (Book Four, Book Five)” | guanyinmiao's musings - December 6, 2018

  160. Pingback: Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie” | guanyinmiao's musings - December 13, 2018

  161. Pingback: Katherine Dunn’s “Geek Love” | guanyinmiao's musings - December 20, 2018

  162. Pingback: Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man And The Sea” | guanyinmiao's musings - December 20, 2018

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  164. Pingback: Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko” | guanyinmiao's musings - January 3, 2019

  165. Pingback: Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” | guanyinmiao's musings - January 10, 2019

  166. Pingback: Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing” | guanyinmiao's musings - January 17, 2019

  167. Pingback: Denis Avey And Rob Broomby’s “The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz” | guanyinmiao's musings - January 24, 2019

  168. Pingback: Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” | guanyinmiao's musings - January 31, 2019

  169. Pingback: Jeffrey Archer’s “Tell Tale” | guanyinmiao's musings - February 7, 2019

  170. Pingback: Kenneth Paul Tan’s “Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power” | guanyinmiao's musings - February 7, 2019

  171. Pingback: James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership” | guanyinmiao's musings - February 21, 2019

  172. Pingback: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees” | guanyinmiao's musings - February 28, 2019

  173. Pingback: Michael Wolff’s “Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House” | guanyinmiao's musings - March 7, 2019

  174. Pingback: Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End” | guanyinmiao's musings - March 14, 2019

  175. Pingback: Tara Westover’s “Educated” | guanyinmiao's musings - March 21, 2019

  176. Pingback: Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, And Ola Rosling’s “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think” | guanyinmiao's musings - March 28, 2019

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  178. Pingback: Daniel James Brown: “The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics” | guanyinmiao's musings - April 11, 2019

  179. Pingback: Maggie Nelson’s “The Argonauts” | guanyinmiao's musings - April 18, 2019

  180. Pingback: Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven” | guanyinmiao's musings - May 11, 2019

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  183. Pingback: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” | guanyinmiao's musings - May 28, 2019

  184. Pingback: Rob Reich’s “Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy And How It Can Do Better” | guanyinmiao's musings - May 30, 2019

  185. Pingback: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 3, 2019

  186. Pingback: Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow‎’s “The Last Lecture” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 6, 2019

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  188. Pingback: Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman In Moscow” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 20, 2019

  189. Pingback: Kate Chopin’s “The Story Of An Hour” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 24, 2019

  190. Pingback: Andy Weir’s “The Egg” | guanyinmiao's musings - June 27, 2019

  191. Pingback: Sandra Cisneros’s “The House On Mango Street” | guanyinmiao's musings - July 7, 2019

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