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The Secret Reading List: Books mentioned in The Secret History

If you want to be as erudite and elite as the Classics Clique, you’d better add these books to your reading pile…

Specific prose/poetry/plays mentioned:

Untimely Meditations by Friedrich Nietzsche, Epigraph
Republic, Book II by Plato, Epigraph
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton, 6
Paradise Lost by John Milton, 8, 91
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth, 33
The New Testament, 36
Agamemnon by Aeschylus, 40
Oresteia by Aeschylus, 40
Inferno by Dante, 41, 115
Poetics by Aristotle, 41
The Iliad by Homer, 41, 627
The Bacchae by Euripides, 42, 204
Parmenides by Plato, 67
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, 85
Rover Boys by Edward Stratemeyer, 85
Journey from Chester to London by Thomas Pennant, 85
The Club History of London by ?, 85
The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert, 85
Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope, 85
Marino Faliero by Lord Byron, 85
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, 89
Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 92, 622
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 94
Mémoires by Duc de Saint-Simon, 103
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 110
Othello by Shakespeare, 115
The World Book Encyclopedia, 117
Men of Thought and Deed by E. Tipton Chatsford
Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie, 180
The Divine Comedy by Dante, 184
Superman Comics, 417
The Upanishads, 441, 466
Perry Mason Novels by Erle Stanley Gardner, 442
With Rue my Heart is Laden by A.E. Housman, 466
Lycidas by John Milton, 466
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 466
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, 466
Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos, 481
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 554
The Malcontent by John Marston, 615
The White Devil by John Webster, 615
The Broken Heart by John Ford, epilogue epigraph, 615
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, 616
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, 616
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, 619

Authors mentioned:

J.R.R. Tolkien, 6
Ezra Pound, 16
T.S. Eliot, 16
Alfred Douglas, 18
Robert de Montesquiou, 18
Plato, 22, 36
Homer, 23, 36, 49, 509
Dante, 33
Virgil, 33
Plotinus, 37
Marie Corelli, 85
Shakespeare, 91, 615
Alexander Pope, 103
John Donne, 117
Rupert Brooke, 120
Edgar Allen Poe, 132, 200
Hegel, 139
Raymond Chandler, 153
Gregory of Tours, 481
Thomas Aquinas, 509
P.G. Wodehouse, 538
George Orwell, 576-7
Harold Acton, 577
Salman Rushdie, 582
Agatha Christie, 587
Proust, 612
John Webster, 615
Thomas Middleton, 615
Cyril Tourneur, 615
John Ford, 615
Christopher Marlowe, 615
Walter Raleigh, 615
Thomas Nashe, 615

NB: page numbers correspond to the Popular Penguin Edition.

Parvenu

Noun

[pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo, pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo

1. a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.

Adjective

2. being or resembling a parvenu.

3. characteristic of a parvenu.

Origin:
Parvenu entered English in the 1700s from the French word of the same spelling meaning “upstart.” It comes from the French verb parvenir which means “to arrive, reach.”

“It was a joke, my dear, worthy of a lackey, or of a silly, smart parvenu, not knowing the society into which his luck had cast him…”
- William Makepeace Thackeray, The Second Funeral of Napoleon, 1841

I 100 libri che dovresti aver letto secondo la BBC:
1-Orgoglio e Pregiudizio – Jane Austen
2-Il Signore degli Anelli – J.R.R. Tolkien
3-Il Profeta – Kahlil Gibran
4-Harry Potter – JK Rowling
5-Se questo è un uomo – Primo Levi
6-La Bibbia
7-Cime Tempestose – Emily Bronte
8- 1984 – George Orwell
9-I Promessi Sposi – Alessandro Manzoni
10-La Divina Commedia – Dante Alighieri
11-Piccole Donne – Louisa M Alcott
12-Lessico Familiare – Natalia Ginzburg
13- Comma 22 – Joseph Heller
14-L’opera completa di Shakespeare
15-Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini – Giorgio Bassani
16-Lo Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17-Il Nome della Rosa – Umberto Eco
18-Il Gattopardo – Tommasi di Lampedusa
19-Il Processo – Franz Kafka
20-Le Affinità Elettive – Goethe
21-Via col Vento – Margaret Mitchell
22-Il Grande Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
23-Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24-Guerra e Pace – Leo Tolstoy
25-Guida Galattica per Autostoppisti – Douglas Adams
26-Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27-Delitto e Castigo – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28-Odissea – Omero
29-Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie – Lewis Carroll
30-L’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere – Milan Kundera
31-Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoj
32-David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33-Le Cronache di Narnia – CS Lewis
34-Emma – Jane Austen
35-Cuore – Edmondo de Amicis
36-La Coscienza di Zeno – Italo Svevo
37-Il Cacciatore di Aquiloni – Khaled Hosseini
38-Il Mandolino del Capitano Corelli – Louis De Berniere
39-Memorie di una Geisha – Arthur Golden
40-Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41-La Fattoria degli Animali – George Orwell
42-Il Codice da Vinci – Dan Brown
43-Cento Anni di Solitudine – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44-Il Barone Rampante – Italo Calvino
45-Gli Indifferenti – Alberto Moravia
46-Memorie di Adriano – Marguerite Yourcenar
47-I Malavoglia – Giovanni Verga
48-Il Fu Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
49-Il Signore delle Mosche – William Golding
59-Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli – Carlo Levi
51-Vita di Pi – Yann Martel
52-Il Vecchio e il Mare – Ernest Hemingway
53-Don Chisciotte della Mancia – Cervantes
54-I Dolori del Giovane Werther – J. W. Goethe
55-Le Avventure di Pinocchio – Collodi
56-L’ombra del vento – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57-Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
58-Il mondo nuovo – Aldous Huxley
59-Lo strano caso del cane ucciso a mezzanotte – Mark Haddon
60-L’Amore ai Tempi del Colera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61-Uomini e topi – John Steinbeck
62-Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63-Il Commissario Maigret – George Simenon
64-Amabili resti – Alice Sebold
65-Il Conte di Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66-Sulla Strada – Jack Kerouac
67-La luna e i Falò – Cesare Pavese
68-Il Diario di Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding
69-I figli della mezzanotte – Salman Rushdie
70-Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71-Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72-Dracula – Bram Stoker
73-Tre Uomini in Barca – Jerome K. Jerome
74-Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75-Ulisse – James Joyce
76-I Buddenbroock – Thomas Mann
77-Il buio oltre la siepe – Harper Lee
78-Germinale – Emile Zola
79-La fiera delle vanità – William Makepeace Thackeray
80-Possession – AS Byatt
81-A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82-Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
83-Il Colore Viola – Alice Walker
84-Quel che resta del giorno – Kazuo Ishiguro
85-Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86-A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87-Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88-Il Rosso e il Nero – Stendhal
89-Le Avventure di Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90-The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91-Cuore di tenebra – Joseph Conrad
92-Il Piccolo Principe– Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93-The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94-Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale – Remarque
95Un Uomo – Oriana Fallaci
96-Il Giovane Holden – Salinger
97-I Tre Moschettieri – Alexandre Dumas
98-Amleto– William Shakespeare
99-La fabbrica di cioccolato – Roald Dahl
100-I Miserabili – Victor Hugo
The China Rich Girlfriend reading list

In Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, lifestyle consultant Corinna Ko-Tung takes on the daunting task of transforming the scandalous former soap-opera star Kitty Pong into a high society darling. She doles out hilarious and scarily comprehensive advice for the social climbing Kitty, including which car she can drive, which church she should attend, what cosmetic procedures she’s allowed to have and how she must change everything about her wardrobe (“I know the average outfit in your wardrobe costs more than a semester of tuition at Princeton, but it makes you look like a community college during summertime: NO CLASS.”).

In the middle of her “Social Impact Assessment”, however, there’s a fun little Easter Egg: Corinna prepares a reading list for Kitty, telling her:

“In order to distinguish yourself, you must either have one hell of a good stock tip or learn to become a scintillating conversationalist. Beauty fades, but wit will keep you on the invitation lists to all the most exclusive parties.”

That’s sensible advice - however, if you’ve read enough interviews with Mr. Kwan, you may realize that Corinna’s reading list is also the list of authors and works that inspired and influenced the Crazy Rich Asians series. Not only is this a lovely treat for fans, it would probably make a really fun reading challenge (which I fully intend to do btw - I’m calling it the Kitty Pong reading challenge). I mean, is there a single book in this list that doesn’t sound completely awesome? Corinna even sets out the rules: you have to complete one book per fortnight, with the exception of Trollope, where you are allowed three weeks per book. The books are to be read in the following order:

  • Snobs, by Julian Fellowes
  • The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee
  • People Like Us, by Dominick Dunne
  • The Power of Style, by Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins*
  • Pride and Avarice, by Nicholas Coleridge
  • The Soong Dynasty, by Sterling Seagrave
  • Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen [SIC]
  • D.V., by Diana Vreeland
  • A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur, by Gayatri Devi
  • Jane Austen – complete Works beginning with Pride and Prejudice
  • Edith Wharton – The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers, The House of Mirth (must be read in strict order – you will understand why when you finish the last one)
  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  • Anthony Trollope – all the books in the Palliser series, beginning with Can You Forgive Her?

* The Power of Style is indeed out of print, just like Corinna says, but isn’t hard to find in second hand bookshops and websites like Abebooks. (I just ordered a copy from a second hand bookshop in São Paulo). 

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If you enjoyed adultbooklr’s read-a-long of Agnes Grey and swoon like the rest of us over Jane Austen, you should definitely check out these books!

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The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

17/100

not too bad, I own a lot of these so I will be able to improve on the list

We are incredibly thrilled to present our 56 Ring in the New Year with Reylo fics!

Thank you so much to every single one of our writers. Authors are anonymous for now, but will be revealed on January 6th. Please leave some commenting love for our amazing writers, and feel free to guess who wrote what before the reveal!

Home Is… by Anonymous for Sydney508
“Building a life together” is more than just a phrase. For Kylo and Rey, it literally starts with building a home, one little step at a time (but please don’t let them play with electricity anymore.)

Just a Dream by Anonymous for kmanion
At night, desperate to sleep, Rey imagines an island.

we must be killers (children of the wild ones) by Anonymous for personalphilosophie
He chuckles. He can’t help it. “You have to stop terrorizing the merchants, my love.”“I’m ‘your love’ now, am I? You were calling me 'little idiot’ a few days ago—”“Who,” he snaps, “in their right mind would just drop down into the middle of a pack of Sith hounds?”“Element of surprise?” she offers. “Anyway, they were only Sith hounds."There is refuge even here, in their little games. He can’t remember precisely when it started. It crept up on him like salvation, like forgiveness, like dawn seeping through.

Fugue by Anonymous for Queronea
Kylo and Rey keep their marriage in secret during the war, but in the final fight with Snoke, Kylo gets hit in his head and loses all his memories of Kylo Ren. Now he’s Ben Solo, balancing work in the Resistance base, his Jedi training with Luke, the disappearance of his father, and the constant fights with Rey, the only person in the base he cannot seem to get along with.

A wig and glasses isn’t enough by Anonymous for TheJGatsby
Rey meets a celebrity in disguise, and things only get crazier from there… 

Gideon’s Sacrifice by Anonymous for Ceallaigh
Since the loss of Rey, Kylo Ren’s pursuit of these new enemies has been relentless. Planets of no consequence, like Serpindal and Belkadan have gone completely dark from technology - there were no electronic subspace transmissions. Later his Knights of Ren discovered the planets were destroyed by space anomalies, such as the moon crashing into Serpindal, and an overgrowth of insects on Belkadan. His daughter has been left in the care of his mother, Leia. However, in this last visit, New Republic Forces have chosen to arrest him and try him for his crimes against the galaxy from the last war. The war the First Order lost to the Resistance. He was tried by grand jury of the New Republic and convicted of various crimes. His sentence was to be placed in Carbonite stasis by a new protocol that would cause him to be devoid of the Force. Leia refuses to let Kylo Ren surrender to them. Kylo Ren has other plans.

Love makes the galaxy go round by Anonymous for bittersnake
Their masters make a secret arrangement behind their backs.

The Word of Skill by Anonymous for onstraysod 
When Kylo Ren kidnaps Rey from Ahch-to, he expects her to be a worthy rival and a pupil. He’s already seen enough to know she’s a girl who can match him in wits and in Force power. But it’s the other things Rey learned during her years of neglect on Jakku that will make all the difference; not only to Kylo but to the other inhabitants of the Finalizer, and perhaps the Galaxy itself.

The most beautiful souls by Anonymous for dustoftheancients (The_Hollow_Bones)
Rey is a Jedi, trained by Luke Skywalker, granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi, another famous Jedi master.
Kylo Ren has moved his first steps as a Sith: he’s sure of himself, stubborn.
They have felt in love too soon.[Jedi/Sith AU]

Heart Craters, Filled With Light by Anonymous for KagamiSorciere
Rey has never been able to celebrate Christmas before. Kylo can’t help but become a little invested.

His Desire by Anonymous for Ghostsdontdie
Kylo Ren’s hopes and dreams are fulfilled with a marriage to Rey, but he remains uncertain and unsatisfied.“Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”
― William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair”

the hint of hope that is you by Anonymous for ReyloTrashCompactor (NextToSomething) 
Rey, Poe, Finn, and the rest of the staff at Recto et Verso Books are gearing up for the holiday season when a surprise mass shipment throws them off balance.
Selling 742 copies of anything would be a challenge for a store their size.
Selling 742 copies of pretentious, free form, emo poetry by some asshole named “Kylo Ren” is next to impossible…or so they think.BookstoreAU written for the lovely ReyloTrashCompactor for the “Ring in the New Year with Reylo” challenge. If you love tea, books, and truly horrifying poetry, this story is for you.

let the silver arrow fly by Anonymous for LarirenShadow
Leia plays cupid, and fires a few misshots before getting it right.

Retrouvailles by Anonymous for NatMatryoshka
: The joy or happiness of reuniting with someone after a long separation.Prompt from NatMatryoshka: “Padawan Rey and Senator Ben Organa Solo: Rey and her master Luke escort young Senator Ben Organa for a noisy party in Coruscant. What will happen?”

The Fickle Finger of Fate by Anonymous for OfHealingLove
She should not be afraid of him. She does not understand. She will. He will make her.

such language holds the solemn sea (to sands upon the shore) by Anonymous for cassanah
They only ever met in large cities where they could blend into anonymity. This time they were in a city called Tvell’ia on a bustling trade world in the Outer Rim. Kylo came here once when he was not Kylo Ren. He remembered how the luminescent algae in the ocean glowed in the darkness of the night here, and he wanted Rey to see it.

Stay by Anonymous for Thelittlescrimshaw
Prompt fill for Ring In the Reylo New Year’s gift exchange.

Sins of the Father by Anonymous for Hormonal_Trashbag 
Unable to outrun the sins of his past, Ben Solo is faced with a ghost from that life that threatens his chance to finally find a peace he has sought his entire life.

The Five Times We Met At The Train Station And The One Time We Did Not by Anonymous for the-reylo-void (Anysia)
Exactly what it says on the tin(or the five times rey assaulted ben in some way lmfao)

Clockwork by Anonymous for Vickyshipsreylo
He is young, and there are two things he fears above everything else: death, and clockwork.

Family issues by Anonymous for Artemis1000
Rey tries to understand her feelings for a redeemed Ben Solo while his mother and uncle treat her like the hope for a better galaxy. It’s not easy when you have to be a jedi, a friend, a warrior and a lover.

That One Time Rey Got Drunk by Anonymous for dungeoncrawler
Rey is drunk, Kylo is impulsive, and neither of them can admit their feelings. They can, however, express them through physical intimacy.

Take my hand by Anonymous for tyrantsandcreampuffs 

Opposition in Vain by Anonymous for solikerez
Rey is a factory girl living off of meager pay and the hope that her parents will return. She’s given a new chance at happiness when the parson Luke Skywalker (a former student of her grandfather’s) adopts her. Years later, the Skywalker-Solo merchant business is facing financial ruin. In order to save her found family, she enters into marriage with the prodigal Ben Solo, who became wealthy through betrayal. But there may be more to this arrangement than what meets the eye…

Anchorite by Anonymous for momo_official
It was right, Rey thought, that he had to bend so low to speak to her. Men like Kylo Ren were made to kneel.

the one thing you leave behind (is how did you love) by Anonymous for diasterisms
Kylo’s orders are to turn Rey to the Dark Side. His personal feelings may prevent him from doing so.

Clandestine by Anonymous for kuresoto
She should have just done her job as a Jedi, should have remained detached yet polite, should have guarded Senator Ben Organa, and should not have jumped into bed with him.

Bound in the Balance by Anonymous for TheBridgeIntoYourMind
He sees her struggles. He feels her frustrations. He senses her presence in the Force, a sensation that echoes his own. He feels compelled to help her, to tell her the truth about herself and himself. How much he ends up telling her, he didn’t expect.

Solace for the Damned by Anonymous for incognitajones
Christmas Eve, and a lone priest of a tiny, isolated parish works feverishly in the snow until an old friend drops by. She misses him- what will it take to lure him away? When will he stop hiding behind the cloth?

The Planet of Fates by Anonymous for Juulna
Simple scavenger Rey was almost ready to find Luke, to bring peace to the galaxy once again, until a mysterious force pulled her into the dreaded Kylo Ren’s path. Though this may be a trap, something bigger seems to be playing out for the two adversaries. And it won’t be like anything they’ve faced before…

Between Daydreams and Nightmares by Anonymous for BeMyDarkling
“Bring the girl to me.”
Kylo begins to train Rey after her abduction; however, as he attempts to draw out the Dark Side in her, she ignites the Light in him.

Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit by Anonymous for SouthSideStory
A diplomatic mission to Fest goes differently than expected.

Shadowed by Anonymous for Limra
The war is over. It has been for years. A damaged Kylo is forced to face his fears when Rey tells him that she wants children, believing that the sins of the father would be passed on to the children – his children… much like the sins of Darth Vader ruined the reputation of his mother, then-Senator Leia Organa.Rey? Well. Rey thinks that it’s about time that Kylo faces what people really think about her husband.

A Ghtroc 690, Fully Restored by Anonymous for Chthonia
This is the Force, Rey knows, trying to draw her to Kylo Ren, but she doesn’t care about whatever greater purpose a higher power has in store for them. She hates this man, and she despises any connection they have, no matter how divine its origin. (Or: the Force ruins Rey’s first vacation.)

Quiet Words by Anonymous for RacheyMayBe
She wants to take his heart in her hand and dare it to beat when its fickleness is the reason Han’s never will again.(She doesn’t know yet that this fury doesn’t wholly belong to her.)

One Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous for TehanuFromEarthsea
Really, Rey ought to kill him. But instead she found herself fascinated by him

Trapped by Anonymous for PalenDrome (nerdherderette)
Rey and Kylo get trapped on a shuttle in the middle of deep space. Inspired by ChroniclyFlaming’s “Revanche" 

Jazz Night at the Jakku Philharmonic by Anonymous for SaintHeretical
Rey expects nothing good when the Jakku Philharmonic plays an outdoor gig with weird and reclusive jazz legend Snoke. As for his backing band, they’re something else. Kylo styles himself as "the loudest trumpet player in the universe”, and his mic stand is right behind Rey’s chair in the woodwind section.

This Darkness Which You Know You Cannot Fight by Anonymous for OccasionallyCreative
Rey gives in to her anger. It has been a long time coming.

Fight Like Me by Anonymous for SWAG_77
After mysteriously crashing on a moon, Rey and Kylo Ren find themselves Forced to fight together.

The Force Works in Mysterious Ways by Anonymous for agirlfromniima 
Sometimes you just know what you need to do.

Tall Tales of the Western Wilds by Anonymous for Vivien
They say there’s three sides to every story: his side, her side, and the truth. No matter which you choose to believe, Ragin’ Rey Kenobi was the greatest bounty hunter there ever was.

Exigence in Force Majeure by Anonymous for MostTulip
This war has raged for ages and most of the leaders at its helm are long gone. It’s left to Kylo Ren, and Rey, his constant opposing force, whose minds have seeped so far into each other as to make planning in secret impossible, to come to some accord or else watch the galaxy burn in their futile efforts at mutual destruction.

Muscle Memory by Anonymous for thewayofthetrashcompactor (BriarLily)
The war may be over, but Rey is still encountering Kylo Ren far too frequently for her peace of mind.

Two Comets Lost, Following the Trails of Stars Unknown by Anonymous for Karla_shadow
He calls out to her as if through the Force, a pull that repels and attracts her in equal measure. He draws nearer to her as if he can’t help but follow that strange call.She backs away.“You can’t fight destiny.”

i’m always in this twilight (in the shadow of your heart) by Anonymous for jitterygummy
Coded on a secondhand datapad in a run-down motel room in Mos Eisley, deleted and never sent: Everything about us was a whirlwind.Written on a scrap of durasheet in a Tion Cluster outpost, the words fading after a while into air and ghosts: You shouldn’t have forgiven me for any of it.Scraped into the bark of an oak tree on the Argazdan homeworld: You won’t believe the dreams I have about you.

climb so fast to fall by Anonymous for LueurdeLaube 
Kylo Ren arrived at (crashed into) the Resistance base and fell in front of the general, broken and bleeding. No one was very happy about this development, least of all Rey.

All That’s Best of Dark and Bright (Eallach Monstrosus) by Anonymous for cuddlesome
monster
noun mon·ster \ˈmän(t)-stər\
: a strange or horrible imaginary creature
: something that is extremely or unusually large
: a powerful person or thing that cannot be controlled and that causes many problems
-Source: Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary
A Beauty and the Beast pastiche

In Balance by Anonymous for Fangirltrashbaby
Kylo Ren arrives on Ahch-Too with some surprising news. Rey is hesitant at first but when Luke strands them on the planet she has to learn to get along with him.

soon I know you’ll see (you’re just like me) by Anonymous for KyloWren
She crooks a finger. He kneels.

desperado (where you gonna run to) by Anonymous for La_Catrina
'It is my personal opinion that we cannot take Snoke down without you. Sorry excuse of a man that you are at the moment.’ Rey’s eyes skimmed him up and down as though searching for something, and coming up wanting.Kylo could not fault her for that. He’d failed at being a good man a long time ago, and a bad man more recently. He was adrift between two worlds, belonging in neither.

Captain by Anonymous for politicalmamaduck
“Why?” she blurted.He blinked at her for a few seconds. “Why am I bad at flirting? Or–”“No,” Rey cleared her throat. “Why me?”His head tilted inquisitively, and she felt his gaze as it traveled from her face. “Honestly? Han told me he was looking to hire another pilot. I saw you alone in here and…” he trailed off, glaring at his second whiskey.“And?”He met her eye, squaring his shoulders to say, “I’ll pay you double for the same job.”

Blades Crossed by Anonymous for second_chances
Notorious figure skater Kylo Ren has had a rough few years; once a decorated competitor, now it’s hard to say what he’s losing faster, sponsors or partners. With Nationals just six months out and no qualified partner on the horizon, Kylo finds himself begrudgingly skating with college hockey phenom Rey Kenobi, a scrappy forward coming off injured reserve who doesn’t know a lutz from an axel. It’s only for six months, but family drama, a twisted coach, and a budding closeness to his new partner ensure that this will be the most eventful competition season of Kylo’s career.

Rare and Imprecise by Anonymous for WildConcerto 
Soul bonds are rare and imprecise. Few beings took any stock in their occurrence, though the midwife cooed that it was a sign of great luck to have a son born with an omen etched down his back.Leia didn’t like it.

The Wheels Keep Right on Rolling by Anonymous for Hamliet
Ben Solo is brilliant and handsome. He is also insufferably arrogant, a flagrant womanizer, and a total ass. On certain days, they get along as well as oil and water. On others, it’s more like ammonium nitrate and TNT.Which is why the prospect of spending the next 48-hours cooped up in a car–on a road trip with the man–has left Rey feeling a bit out of sorts….

Convergence by Anonymous for Elywyngirlie
Whatever the next steps are, I want to take them with you.

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”[…] a very tall ungainly gentleman, with large hands and feet, and large ears, set off by a closely cropped head of black hair, and in the hideous military frogged coat and cocked hat of those times, advanced to meet her, and made her one of the clumsiest bows that was ever performed by a mortal.”

— William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

  • 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • 2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
  • 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

  • 4 Harry Potter series
  • 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • 6 The Bible

  • 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

  • 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

  • 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

  • 11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  • 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

  • 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

  • 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare not the complete works
  • 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

  • 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  • 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

  • 18 Catcher in the Rye
  • 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger

  • 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

  • 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

  • 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

  • 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

  • 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • 26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

  • 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

  • 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

  • 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

  • 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

  • 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

  • 33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (not all of them because my 5th grade teacher yelled at me)

  • 34 Emma – Jane Austen

  • 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
  • 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  • 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

  • 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

  • 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

  • 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

  • 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  • 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

  • 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

  • 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

  • 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

  • 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

  • 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

  • 52 Dune – Frank Herbert

  • 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

  • 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

  • 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

  • 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

  • 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

  • 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

  • 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

  • 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

  • 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

  • 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

  • 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

  • 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

  • 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

  • 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

  • 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

  • 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

  • 75 Ulysses – James Joyce

  • 76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

  • 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

  • 78 Germinal – Emile Zola

  • 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

  • 80 Possession – AS Byatt

  • 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel

  • 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

  • 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

  • 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

  • 87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

  • 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

  • 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

  • 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

  • 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

  • 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

  • 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

  • 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

  • 100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: 28!
I feel like making this into a tag meme so I’ll tag @boat-face-mcgee @valerivscorvus @halfofagrapefruit @geekheretic @archistratego @illuminosity @iluminacje @viendiletto

 rosewater1997 replied to your post“I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I am / how I could possibly be so…”

najia have u posted a list of 18th/19th century books that are ur faves? i feel like i’d want to read ur recommendations

  • The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe (necessary Gothic lit)
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (obviously, and I also love her other completed novels)
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot (all-time fave)
  • Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Brontë
  • The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  • North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (except for the ending)