"There's more to life than books you know..."

I mentioned my aim to read a book a week this year on Twitter the other day and a few people wanted to know what my list was so far. So here it is:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Maus – Art Spiegelman
V for Vendetta – Alan Moore/David Lloyd
When Rabbit Howls – Truddi Chase

Phonogram 2 – Kieran Gillen/Jamie McKelvie
Money – Martin Amis
Mr Nice – Howard Marks
Watchmen – Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons
Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison
All Star Superman Vol. 1 – Grant Morrison
All Star Superman Vol. 2 – Grant Morrison
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
Vimanarama – Grant Morrison
Doom Patrol Vol. 1 – Grant Morrison
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 – Grant Morrison
Doom Patrol Vol. 3 – Grant Morrison
The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1. – Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2. – Alan Moore
The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
Doom Patrol Vol. 4 – Grant Morrison
Doom Patrol Vol. 5 – Grant Morrison

Violent Cases – Neil Gaiman
Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman
Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman

Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman
Kill Your Boyfriend – Grant Morrison
Condensed Chaos – Phil Hine
Prometheus Rising – Robert Anton Wilson
The Invisibles Vol. 1 – Grant Morrison

Sandman Vol. 4 - Neil Gaiman
Sandman Vol. 5 - Neil Gaiman

Test Card F: Television, Mythinformation and Social Control - Anonymous
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 - Robert Kirkman/Tony Moore
JLA Vol. 1 - Grant Morrison
Sandman Vol. 6 - Neil Gaiman
Sandman Vol. 7 - Neil Gaiman
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encylopedia Vol. 1 - (a re-read)
Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis
Sandman Vol. 8 - Neil Gaiman
Kiki de Montparnasse - Jose-Louise Bocquet
Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 - Brian K. Vaughan

Tank Girl 2 - Jamie Hewlett/Alan Martin
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 - Warren Ellis
We 3 - Grant Morrison
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk (I have read this book more times than I care to remember)
T.A.Z. - Hakim Bey (this is the most incredible thing I've read in years. Read it.)
The Ultimates Vol. 1 - Mark Millar
The Ultimates Vol. 2 - Mark Millar

Death Note - Tsugumi Ohba 
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 - Warren Ellis
Y: The Last Man Vol. 2 - Brian K. Vaughan
Morning Glories Vol. 1 - Nick Spencer
Y: The Last Man Vol. 3 - Brian K. Vaughan
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
Y: The Last Man Vol. 4 - Brian K Vaughan
The Invisibles Vol. 2 - Grant Morrison
The Invisibles Vol. 3 - Grant Morrison
How I Escaped My Certain Fate - Stewart Lee
Preacher Vol  1 - Garth Ennis
Preacher Vol. 2 - Garth Ennis
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 - Warren Ellis
Freakangels - Warren Ellis
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4 - Warren Ellis
Sleepwalk - Adrian Tomine
The Filth - Grant Morrison
Transmetropolitan Vol. 5 - Warren Ellis
The Dark Stuff - Nick Kent
Y: The Last man Vol. 5 - Brian K Vaughan
Y: The Last Man Vol. 6 - Brian K Vaughan
X-Men: E is For Extinction Part 1 - Grant Morrison
X-Men: E is For Extinction Part 2 - Grant Morrison
Fantastic Four: 1234 - Grant Morrison
DMZ Vol. 1 - Brian Wood
Sebastian O - Grant Morrison
Judge Dredd: Lawcon - John Wagner/Robbie Morrison/Richard Elson
Chaos Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness - Rupert Sheldrake/Terence McKenna/Ralph Abraham
250,000 Years of Erotic Freedom - Alan Moore
Superlearning - Sheila Ostrander/Lynn Schroeder
How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Moran


  1. Do comics really count, really?

  2. the definition of book is:
    "a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together);"
    so yes.

    On a separate note, comics have contained more inspiration, joy and excitement for me than years of "traditional" novels. And theyre not just one issue! They're collections and volumes.

  3. that looks like a wonderful dream. nice work!

  4. why thankyou! its been fun. x

  5. I remember Money being my first "rude" book. It was a bit of a surprise after London Fields. Maybe try Success by Amis as well? Pretty short and good,

    My gf reckons Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods is brilliant and so has bought me a copy. It is massive. I may start/finish it by the Olympics, we'll see.

    I've always been curious about the League of... comics but I've always had too many other tpbs I want to read. Blame Marvel! Were they as good as they're meant to be?

  6. but not much more. not muucchh more.

  7. I really enjoyed Money, although I did think I ruined it slightly for myself because I'd seen the BBC drama of it with Nick Frost in. I thought that was pretty good, but knowing what the big twist was at the end meant I constantly knew what was coming. I had the same with V for Vendetta having watched the film about 10 times. The bit where Evie is a prisoner would have been much more exciting and thrilling if I hadn't know what was going to happen.

    I've heard loads about American Gods and it's meant to be great but I just haven't got round to it yet. My boyfriend has the biggest comic collection ever so I keep finding stuff I want to read from it and getting distracted from other stuff I want to read. Neil Gaiman is generally amazing though PLUS he's one half of my favourite ever "celebrity couple"!

    I really enjoyed them. I quite like Alan Moore as a general rule anyway, and what I liked about the League of E.G. was the fucking BADASS female lead character. I get so frustrated at the lack of believable female characters in comics because it seems like every single one is dressed with their tits hanging out and a tiny waist. I just hate it. But in L.o.E.G. she's just brilliant, really strong, and doesn't need any protection from the men. There's one bit I liked a lot where the league were under attack and one of the men tried to protect her and she just whacked the attacker in the face and said something along the lines of "i don't need any help from YOU!". Some of it is quite farfetched obviously but it's really fun and has a sense of humour which is something I find lacking from Alan Moore's work sometimes.

    Sorry for the essay! :) x

  8. RECOMMEND "The Sword in the Stone" by T H White & "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende.

  9. Great list!

    Just a thought here though about Prometheus Rising, that book is a doing kind of book that while it can be read in a matter of days it takes years to perform.

    Also, I will be looking into some of these myself in the very near future. Thanks for the inspiration.


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