Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer

After Midnight - Irmgard Keun

Against Our Will: Men Women and Rape - Susan Brownmiller

      Part I - In General

      Part II - Brownmiller's Theories on Human Society and Culture

The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

      General Commentary

      Burr Verses Hamilton: Two Views

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon

The American Scholar - Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Sphinx by Joseph Ellis

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

The Anti - Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche

Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

Authority - Jeff VanderMeer

Baltasar and Blimunda
Jose Saramago

       General Commentary

The Bible

     General Commentary

     Gospel Of Mark

Benjamin Franklin - Walter Isaacson

Black Skin, White Masks - Frantz Fanon

The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

     Bleak House Part I

       Bleak House Part II

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

Bloodlands - Timothy Snyder

The Book of The City of Ladies - Christine de Pizan

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz

Brothers at Arms - Larrie D. Ferreiro

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

       General Commentary

          On Buffoonery

       Theology and Philosophy

Can You Forgive Her? - Anthony Trollope

The Cheese Primer - Steven Jenkins

Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Circe - Madeline Miller

Cleopatra: A Life -  Stacy Schiff

Confessions -  Jean - Jacques Rousseau

      General Commentary

       On Individuality

      Rousseau’s Relationships with Women

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti

Colonialism/Postcolonialism - Ania Loomba

Crucible of War - Fred Anderson

The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu

Death's End

        General Commentary

             On Gender Issues


Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Demian - Hermann Hesse

The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England - Carol F. Karlsen

Discourse on Method - René Descartes

The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin

      General Commentary

       On Gender

A Distant Mirror- Barbara W. Tuchman

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

Doctor Thorne - Anthony Trollope

Don Quixote- Miguel de Cervantes

Double Down: Game Change 2012 - Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Dubliners - James Joyce

Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

Emma- Jane Austen

Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker

The Eustace Diamonds - Anthony Trollope

    Anti - Semitism

    General Commentary

Evelina - Francis Burney

Exit Ghost - Philip Roth

The Fall - Albert Camus

Fallen Founder - Nancy Issenberg

     General Commentary

     Burr Verses Hamilton: Two Views

Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev

Five Days in London -  John Lukacs

Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

Feminism without Borders- Chandra Mohanty

The Fixed Period - Anthony Trollope

Framley Parsonage

     Gender Roles

     General Commentary

For Liberty and Glory by James R. Gaines

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

The Frogs - Aristophanes

From Bacteria to Bach and Back - Daniel Dennett

The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper

George III by Christopher Hibbard

Gibraltar - Roy Adkins and Lesly Adkins

Gödel, Escher, Bach - Douglas R. Hofstadter

The Goodness Paradox - Richard Wrangham

Gospel Of Mark

A Great Improvisation - Stacy Schiff

Gulliver's Travels 

    On Colonialism

    General Commentary

Guns, Gems ans Steel - Jared M. Diamond

The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman

Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows J.K. Rowling

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The History of Rasselas... bySamuel Johnson

The Human Stain - Philip Roth

I Am A Strange Loop - Douglas R. Hofstadter

I Married a Communist - Philip Roth

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution - Bernard Bailyn

Implosion - DF Jones

Independence Lost - Kathleen DuVal

Intercourse - Andrea Dworkin

It's Getting later All the Time - Antonio Tabucchi

James Madison: A Biography - Ralph Ketcham

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo

Kidnapped - Robert Lewis Stevenson

The Koran

         General Commentary

      How I Read The Koran

Lafayette by Harlow Giles Unger

The Last Chronicle of Barset - Anthony Trollope

Literary Criticism - Charles Bressler

Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life - David Grinspoon

Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

Lost to the West Lars Brownworth

Love And The Platypus - Nicholas Drayson

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster

The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island - Mac Griswold

Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America - Jennifer L. Anderson 

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered - Laura Auricchio

Measure For Measure - William Shakespeare

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

The Men Who Lost America - Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

Metamorphosis- Franz Kafka

Middlemarch - George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot

A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein

       General Commentary

          Compared to Baltasar and Blimunda

Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe

Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Neuromancer - William Gibson

     General Commentary

        Cultural Impact

Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens

Night - Elie Wiesel

Nineteen Eighty - Four - George Orwell

      General Commentary

        Books That Bugged Me

Ninety - Three by Victor Hugo

No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women - Estelle Freedman

A Noble Treason - Richard Hanser

Northanger Abby - Jane Austen

Nostromo - Joseph Conrad

The Odyssey - Homer

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

On the Genealogy of Morals - Friedrich Nietzsch..

O Pioneers! - Willa Cather

Orientalism - Edward Said

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

Orley Farm - Anthony Trollope

 Paradise Lost - John Milton

       General Commentary and Satan

       Free Will and Predestination

A Passage to India - E.M. Forster

The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan

The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Phineas Finn - Anthony Trollope

The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens

The Picture of Dorian  - Gray Oscar Wilde

The Plague - Albert Camus

       Compared to Charles Dickens

       General Commentary

Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth

Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Pride and Prejudice  - Jane Austen

      Pride and Prejudice -  Jane Austen Part I

      Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Part II

The Prime Minister - Anthony Trollope

Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sin...

The Quartet - Joseph J. Ellis

Radicalism and the American Revolution - Gordon Wood

The Rainbow - D.H Lawrence

The Red and the Black - Stendhal

The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy

Revolutionary Characters - Gordon Wood

Revolutionary Mothers - Carol Berkin

Ringworld - Larry Niven

The Rise of Rome - Anthony Everitt

Robinson Crusoe - Danial Dafoe

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Scars of Independence - Holger Hoock

Sect of the Idiot - Thomas Ligotti

Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

      General Commentary

      Tidbits of Wisdom

The Shore of Women - Pamela Sargent

Silas Marner - George Eliot

The Small House at Allington - Anthony Trollope

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Sonnet 1 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 2 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 3 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 4 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 5 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 6 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 7 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 8 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 9 - William Shakespeare

Sonnet 66 - William Shakespeare

The Stone Raft - Jose Saramago

A Storm of Witchcraft - Emerson W. Baker

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

Superintelligence - Nick Bostrom

Symposium - Plato

To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu

Thomas Jefferson:The Art of Power by John Meacham

Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription by Lucy Horner

Tories -Thomas B Allen

Traitor To His Class - H.W. Brands

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Triton - Samuel R. Delany

The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism by Russel Blackford

Ulysses - James Joyce

The Uninnocent - Bradford Morrow

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Villette - Charlotte Brontë

A Virtual Love - Andrew Blackman

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

         Walden and Reading

            Lilacs and Abandoned Wells

The War of the World - Niall Ferguson

The Warden - Anthony Trollope

     General Commentary

     Point of View

Washington's Spies - Alexander Rose

The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope

     General Commentary

      On Mrs. Hurtle

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

When Yesterday Was Today - Edmund Siejka

White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

The White Plague - Frank Herbert

Witch Hunts in the Western World - Brian Pavlac

Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

    General Commentary

     On Isolation


joyce said...

Hi..I have a technical question. I like your Book Index. How did you do this??
Your blog is excellent and so well written. I visit frequently..
Joyce at

Brian Joseph said...

Hey Joyce,

Thanks for the good word. I love your blog too!

I think that you will laugh when I tell you about my book index. Blogger allows the user to set up a separate page which I did. Whenever I add a book I just hit the Edit symbol and throw it in where it fits in alphabetical order. This is very inelegant and if you look closely i have not gotten the fonts and sizes exactly correct. I searched for an application or plug in to do this but I could not find anything that works well.

Should you find a better solution please do let me know.

All the best.

Kelly said...

Hi Brian,
Occasionally I lurk around on other blogs (linking from Tracy's, in this case) and was interested to see the books listed here. I read both Middlemarch and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress this year and couldn't resist commenting to say I enjoyed reading your take on both.

Brian Joseph said...

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the good word Kelly.

Both of those are such great books in very different ways!

Whispering Gums said...

Can I just say that I prefer indexes like this to be alphabetical by author. Then I can see your Trollopes, together, for example. I think it's the librarian in me.

Brian Joseph said...

Hi Whispering Gums - I would like to do an index both ways. I will do so if I can find a better way to index. I have not been able to utilize either blogger features or find a widget to make indexing easier or cleaner.