Let me preface this list by saying that I am a little embarrassed by how few books are on here. My mother reads a book a week. I may not have a job, but cycling takes up a lot of time I would normally spend reading, and although this may be a good thing, literature is one of many passions of mine that have been a little neglected this year.
It is also difficult to get my hands on English books, which actually curbs my reading a bit, believe it or not. Most of these were e-books, which I would never touch back home, but a man must tend to his addiction…
Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
This was one of three free books on Google Play. Lovely read, and a classic.
The Three Musketeers- Alexandre Dumas
This book was hilarious, exciting and cheeky. Another classic.
Teachings of Gurdjieff- C.S. Nott (read at least twice)
This is the only book I brought with me. I think I was on my third time through it when I traded it in!
In Search of the Miraculous- P.D. Ouspensky
I have been studying the mystic G.I. Gurdjieff for almost four years now. You will see that I did some thorough study this year, and I have sated my fascination with him, for now, although I am more and more interested in the esoteric, arcane, and occult as I get older.
Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson 1, 2, 3 ( known in one volume by the title “All and Everything”)- G.I. Gurdjieff, 1,300 pages in total
G’s magnum opus.
Life is Only Real When I Am– G.I. Gurdjieff
Monumental Christianity- J.P. Lundy
A great book for symbologists and Christians alike. An illuminating study of the early church and its symbols.
The Sound and Fury- William Faulkner
This book was intense. An American classic.
The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many– Noam Chomsky
The First and Last Freedom– J. Krishnamurti
One of the only books necessary as an addendum to self-work and illumination. Krishnamurti was a modern saint, a Christ-like man.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1,2,3,4 and 5- Douglas Adams
Meetings with Remarkable Men- G.I. Gurdjieff
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other Tales– R. L. Stevenson
Treasure Island- R.L. Stevenson
R.L. Stevenson is now one of my favorite writers, a master of the English language.
On the Road– Jack Kerouac
This book was great to read on the road. I am glad I waited so long o read it, for his style is so infectious and iconic that I now see his influence on the style of others, and I am glad I evaded it. Too many emulators, but it is his, and he is its master.
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World– Peter Frankopan
Incredible to read as I journeyed the Silk Road. I learned soooo much history from this book. The history of commerce is a colorful one, and perhaps more significant than the history pf war, although the two are intertwined…
Ulysses– James Joyce, 930 dense pages
This is a crown achievement of my life as a reader. What a tough book, and what an interesting one! I think I never would have finished it-this was my second attempt- had I not had the incentive of sending it home and not having to carry it.
East, West- Salman Rushdie
Greek and Roman Mythology- cannot recall the author. Good version though.
Moby Dick- Herman Melville
Incredible book. A tale of destiny.
The Kingdom of God is Within You– Leo Tolstoy
Also an incredible book and a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the message of the New Testament.
The Power of Now- Eckart Tolle
This, also, is one of the only books one needs to assist you with self-fulfillment and illumination.
Gravity According to Birds- Leo Skalá
My friend’s premier novel. He did a great job and I am honored to own a copy!
In accordance with these books, I read:
The Walking Dead comics
Fourteen approx. 30 page articles by H. P. Blavatsky, a master of theosophy.
And I almost finished:
The Secret Teachings of All Ages-Manly P Hall * 50% through at the end of a year (Finished March 13th). Pretty much as cool as it sounds.
Les Miserables- Victor Hugo *- 1,400 pages, 70% finished
(Finished March 7th)
Both of these books are incredible. Les Miserables is one of the greatest books ever written, easily. Enriching.
Secret Teachings is an invaluable overview of esoteric knowledge. Heavy tome.
There you have it. Reading is good.