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My reading list


A little while ago I read Donna Tartt’s novels: The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), The Goldfinch (2013). I searched Quora for “What are similar novels to Donna Tartt’s? And, I arrived at this list:

  • American psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Bel canto by Ann Patchett
  • Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
  • Codex by Lev Grossman
  • Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight: an African childhood (2001) by Alexandra Fuller
  • Imperial bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis 
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Less than zero by Bret Easton Ellis 
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Possession : a romance by A.S. Byatt
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
  • The complete stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • The girl who fell from the sky by Heidi W. Durrow
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • The Likeness by Tana French
  • The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
  • The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Mather

By now I’ve read about 12 of the 24, some books remain on reserve and some I’m unlikely to read as they are not stocked by my library. From this collection it is obvious: I’m captivated and enthralled by fiction narrative, fantasy, psychological thriller. But above all else fantasy. Don’t get me started on the word ‘genre.’ It is only possible to pronounce genre correctly if you were born and bred in France.

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