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[1] Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx
[2] Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
[3] To Live – Yu Hua
[4] The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
[5] The Master – Colm Toibin

[6] Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
[7] The Varieties of Religious Experience – William James
[8] Civilization of Angkor – Charles Higham
[9] A Burnt-Out Case – Graham Greene
[10] Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch – Sijie Dai

[11] The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
[12] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
[13] The Blackwater Lightship – Colm Toibin
[14] The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
[15] Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling – Ross King

[16] The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
[17] The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
[18] The Story of the Night – Colm Toibin
[19] Shroud – John Banville
[20] Resurrection – Leo Tolstoy

[21] River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze River – Peter Hessler
[22] The Atonement – Ian McEwan
[23] In the Mood for Love – directed by Wong Kar Wai
[24] Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
[25] Shadow without a Name – Ignacio Padilla

[26] The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
[27] Straight Man – Richard Russo
[28] Notes from Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
[29] The Spell – Alan Hollinghurst
[30] The Death of Virgil – Hermann Broch

[31] Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
[32] One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
[33] One Man’s Bible – Xingjian Gao
[34] Latter Days – C. Jay Cox
[35] To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

[36] The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
[37] What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality – Daniel A. Helminiak
[38] Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone – James Baldwin
[39] Covering: The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights – Kenji Yoshino
[40] If, On a Winter’s Night A Traveler – Italo Calvino

[41] The Egyptologist – Arthur Phillips
[42] 1984 – George Orwell
[43] The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life – Michael Warner
[44] Virtually Normal – Andrew Sullivan
[45] The Wings of the Dove – Henry James

[46] Blindness – Jose Saramago
[47] The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
[48] The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
[49] Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
[50] The Pillars of Earth – Ken Follett

[51] War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
[52] Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me and Other Trials from My Queer Life – Michael Thomas Ford
[53] How To Be Alone – Jonathan Franzen
[54] The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
[55] The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (Revisited, more insights)
[56] White Teeth – Zadie Smith
[57] The Double – Fyodor Dostoevsky
[58] The Double – Jose Saramago
[59] Dancer From The Dance – Andrew Holleran
[60] The Marquise of O– & Other Stories – Heinrich von Kleist

[61] In September, The Light Changes – Andrew Holleran
[62] Little Children – Tom Perrotta
[63] The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham
[64] Maurice – E. M. Forster
[65] The Naked Civil Servant – Quentin Crisp

[66] The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
[67] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
[68] The City and the Pillar – Gore Vidal
[69] A Room with a View – E. M. Forster
[70] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (Third Review)

[71] Chocolat – Joanne Harris
[72] The Hotel on the Roof of the World – Alec LeSeuer
[73] Lost Horizon – James Hilton
[74] Up at the Villa – W. Somerset Maugham
[75] A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White

[76] Gentlemen and Players – Joanne Harris
[77] The Gentle Axe – Roger N. Morris
[78] The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
[79] Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
[80] The Hummingbird’s Tale – Luis Alberto Urrea

[81] Oracle Bones – Peter Hessler
[82] Three Mysteries – Agatha Christie
[83] The Night Watch – Sarah Waters
[84] Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose
[85] The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Second Review)

[86] Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaajte
[87] Snow – Orhan Pamuk
[88] How to Read a Book – Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren
[89] Burmese Days – George Orwell
[90] The Egyptian: A Novel – Mika Waltari

[91] Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
[92] A Separate Peace – John Knowles
[93] The Folded Leaf – William Maxwell
[94] The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seiersted
[95] The Stranger – Albert Camus

[96] The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
[97] A Charmed Circle – Anna Kavan (Outmoded Author Challenge #1)
[98] The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen (Outmoded Author Challenge #2)
[99] Sixpence House – Paul Collins
[100] The Bookshop: A Novel – Penelope Fitzgerald

[101] The Small Room – May Sarton (Outmoded Author Challenge #3)
[102] The Page Turner – David Leavitt
[103] Shadow of a Man – May Sarton (Outmoded Author Challenge #4)
[104] The Woman Who Waited – Andrei Makine
[105] The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

[106] Shadow Without A Name – Ignacio Padilla
[107] Sword and Blossom – Peter Pagnamenta & Momoko Williams
[108] Lust, Caution – Eileen Chang
[109] 臨水照花人–張愛玲傳奇 (Legend of Eileen Chang)
[110] Envy – Yuri Olesha

[111] The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
[112] The Eustace Diamonds – Anthony Trollope
[113] The Gentleman in the Parlour – W. Somerset Maugham
[114] Mrs. Craddock – W. Somerset Maugham
[115] The Echo Maker – Richard Powers

[116] Le Bal – Irène Némirovsky [Russian Reading Challenge #1]
[117] The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy [Russian Reading Challenge #2]
[118] The Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramago
[119] One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life–A Story of Race and Family Secrets – Bliss Broyard
[120] Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov [Russian Reading Challenge #3]

[121] Contempt – Alberto Moravia
[122] Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison [Chunkster Reading Challenge #1]
[123] Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner
[124] The Aerodynamics of Pork – Patrick Gale
[125] Kansas in August – Patrick Gale

[126] The Journal of Dora Damage – Berlinda Starling
[127] A Dead Man’s Memoir – Mikhail Bulgakov [Russian Reading Challenge #4]
[128] A Month in the Country – J.L. Carr [Man Booker Challenge #1, Novella Challenge #1]
[129] Peony in Love – Lisa See
[130] On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan [Novella Challenge #2]

[131] The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
[132] A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Marina Lewycka [Man Booker Challenge #2, Russian Reading Challenge #5]
[133] The Gathering – Anne Enright [Man Booker Challenge #3]
[134] Gweilo: A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood – Martin Booth [Nonfiction – Hong Kong]
[135] From the Land of Green Ghosts – Pascal Khoo Thwe [Nonfiction – Burma]

[136] Depths – Henning Mankell
[137] Slammerkin – Emma Donoghue
[138] The Future of Love – Shirley Abbott
[139] Letter From Point Clear – Dennis McFarland
[140] Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson

[141] Music Room – Dennis McFarland
[142] The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop – Lewis Buzbee
[143] The Short History of a Prince – Jane Hamilton
[144] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (Fourth Review)
[145] The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein

[146] Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
[147] Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
[148] The Front Runner – Patricia Nell Warren
[149] Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
[150] The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

[151] The Dreyfus Affair – Peter Lefcourt
[152] The Glass Castle – Amitav Ghosh
[153] Perfume – Patrick Suskind
[154] I See You Everywhere – Julia Glass
[155] Old School – Tobias Wolff

[156] Finding Nouf – Zoe Ferraris
[157] Landing – Emma Donoghue
[158] Capote in Kansas – Kim Powers
[159] The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
[160] The Same Embrace – Michael Lowenthal

[161] The Teahouse Fire – Ellis Avery
[162] Breakfast with Scot – Michael Downing
[163] The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
[164] The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
[165] The Little Giant of Aberdeen County – Tiffany Baker

[166] My Abandonment – Peter Rock
[167] Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
[168] The Dogs of Babel – Carolyn Parkhurst
[169] Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
[170] Little Bee: A Novel – Chris Cleave

[171] Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
[172] Traitor to the Race – Darieck Scott
[173] The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
[174] Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Touched the World – Vicki Myron
[175] Notes From an Exhibition – Patrick Gale

[176] And The Band Played On – Randy Shilts
[177] Seeing – Jose Saramago
[178] The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
[179] Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
[180] A Perfect Woman – L.P. Hartley

[181] The Clothes on Their Back – Linda Grant
[182a] Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
[182b] Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
[183] Beloved – Toni Morrison
[184] The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
[185] Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

[186] Another Country – James Baldwin
[187] The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
[188] Sula – Toni Morrison
[189] And This Too Shall Pass – E. Lynn Harris
[190] Valeria’s Last Stand – Marc Fitten

[191] The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
[192] Like Trees, Walking – Ravi Howard
[193] The Spy Game – Georgina Harding
[194] Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
[195] The Hours – Michael Cunningham

[196] Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
[197] Chess Story – Stefan Zweig
[198] Rue Ordener Rue Labat – Sarah Kofman
[199] Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
[200] The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee

[201] Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
[202] The Rose Variations – Marisha Chamberlain
[203] Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
[204] The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
[205] The Writing on My Forehead – Nafisa Haji

[206] The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff
[207] Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
[208] The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
[209] The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
[210] The German Woman – Paul Griner

[211] Masquerade – Walter Satterthwait
[212] The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
[213] The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
[214] Strings Attached – Nick Nolan
[215] Shanghai Girls – Lisa See

[216] The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
[217] Beijing: A Novel – Philip Gambone
[218] The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food – Jennifer 8. Lee
[219] Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
[220] The Dialogue of the Dogs – Miguel de Cervantes

[221] The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler
[222] The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
[223] Prime Time – Douglas Dean
[224] Exiles in America – Christopher Bram
[225] Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt

[226] Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
[227] Gossip – Christopher Bram
[228] The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
[229] Marley and Me – John Grogan

[230] The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

[231] Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
[232] Gods and Monsters – Christopher Bram
[233] Crystal Boys – Hsien-Yung Pai
[234] Julie and Julia – Julie Powell
[235] Sing Them Home – Stephanie Kallos

[236] The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
[237] Fixer Chao – Han Ong
[238] Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
[239] Surprising Myself – Christopher Bram
[240] Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsun

[241] Maurice – E.M. Forster
[242] The Calligrapher’s Daughter – Eugenia Kim
[243] Howards End – E.M. Forster
[244] The Year of Ice – Brian Malloy
[245] The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

[246] Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
[247] The World of Normal Boys – K.M. Soehnlein
[248] Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
[249] A Visitation of Spirits – Randall Kenan
[250] Almost History – Christopher Bram

[251] A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
[252] The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim
[253] Lives of the Circus Animals – Christopher Bram
[254] Emma – Jane Austen
[255] To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

[256] Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
[257] Free Food for Millionaires – Min Jin Lee
[258] Incendiary – Chris Cleave
[259] A Meeting By the River – Christopher Isherwood
[260] Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Parker

[261] Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
[262] While England Sleeps – David Leavitt
[263] The Good Life – Jay McInerney
[264] The Man in the Wooden Hat – Jane Gardam
[265] East of Eden – John Steinbeck

[266] The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
[267] Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
[268] The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
[269] One Amazing Thing – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
[270] Brightness Falls – Jay McInerney

[271] Persuasion – Jane Austen
[272] The Man from Beijing – Henning Mankell
[273] Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
[274] Strong Poison – Dorothy L. Sayers
[275] The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

[276] Eden Springs – Laura Kasischke
[277] Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
[278] Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
[279] Holy Fools – Joanne Harris
[280] The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

[281] Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang
[282] The Thirteenth Tale- Diane Setterfield
[283] A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
[284] A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
[285] Animal Farm – George Orwell

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  9. Are your reviews numbered or rated in any way? Does [285] mean anything, or is it just a number?

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