Book Lover’s Day: August 9, 2013

In celebration of Book Lover’s Day, I thought I would share some reading lists that I’ve compiled from other books.  I find it really fascinating when a main character from a book makes references to real books.  It helps me to really connect with the main character because it brings a piece of the real world into the book that I’m reading – helping to make the character and their story come to life.   

Here are some examples:
From American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    •Histories by Herodotus
    •Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    •Bleak House by Charles Dickens

From A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    •The Aeneid by Virgil
    •Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
    •Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    •Candide by Voltaire

From 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    •The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    •The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
    •Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    •In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    •Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

From The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    •Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    •A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    •The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

From A Bridge Between Us by Julie Shigekuni
    •Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
    •Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
    •The Colossus by Sylvia Plath
    •Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

From Just Kids by Patti Smith
    •The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
    •The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
    •Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
    •Ariel by Sylvia Plath

From The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    •The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    •A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    •The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    •The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    •Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    •The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

There are a couple of books that are mentioned more than once – The Brothers Karamazov gets mentioned twice by Haruki Murakami, and The Golden Bough is mentioned by both Murakami and Patti Smith.  When this happens, I try to make a mental note to place these books higher on my reading list.  I figure that if they’re mentioned more than once, there’s got to be a reason why. 

Eventually I will get through all of these books, but for now…
Happy Book Lover’s Day!