the complete tales of edgar allan poe

Lots of people, including myself, have included “read more books” on their list of New Year’s Resolutions. So I thought I’d compile some book recommendations to provide you guys with inspiration! In no particular order, here’s a list of 101 books I’ve read and loved.


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (my all-time favorite!)
  2. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  4. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  6. Room by Emma Donoghue
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  10. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  11. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  12. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  13. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  14. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  15. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  16. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  18. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  19. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  20. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (an underrated but oh-so-beautiful book)
  21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  22. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  23. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (duh)
  25. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  26. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  27. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  29. The Odyssey by Homer (I recommend the Robert Fagles translation)
  30. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  31. It by Stephen King
  32. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  34. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (even better if you can read it in the original French!)
  35. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  36. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  37. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  38. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  39. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  40. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  41. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  42. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  43. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  44. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  45. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
  46. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  47. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  48. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  49. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  50. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  51. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  52. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  53. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  54. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (love, love, love!)
  55. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  56. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  57. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  58. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  59. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  60. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  61. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  62. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  63. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  64. 1984 by George Orwell
  65. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  66. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  67. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
  68. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  69. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (a book whose message is especially relevant in light of the recent election)
  70. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran


  1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni (a must-read for anyone stressed out about college admissions and the Ivy League hype)
  4. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  5. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  6. salt. by Nayyirah Waheed
  7. Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O'Reilly
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
  10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  11. Night by Elie Wiesel
  12. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  13. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  14. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  15. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (this is the memoir that baby memoirs want to be when they grow up)
  16. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  17. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  18. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  19. The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir
  20. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  21. How to Become a Straight‑A Student by Cal Newport
  22. The Color of Water by James McBride
  23. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  24. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  25. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  26. The Road to Character by David Brooks
  27. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (all of Gladwell’s books are great tbh)
  28. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  29. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  30. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  31. Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

P.S. If you’re trying to read more in 2017, check out my posts about goal-setting and habits!

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, feedback, or post requests, feel free to drop me an ask.

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Sophia :)


Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is a writer whose reputation rests solely upon a handful of short stories and a poem; there are very few writers in the Western canon, or anywhere really, where this is the case. There’s usually a novel that they’re famous for and while Poe wrote a novel “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym”, it isn’t particularly good and doesn’t hold up to the short stories. But what stories they are! They’re all filled with madmen, murder, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, magic, death, hatred, ghosts, haunted mansions, talking dead, hypnotists, and jesters - all the elements that went on to make up the horror genre that exists today. Poe is the grandfather of horror whose imagery still captures people’s imaginations today.

The creepy old man with the one large eye in “Tell-tale Heart” whose still-beating dead heart drives his murderer insane; crazy Roderick Usher who sits in his crumbling mansion haunted by his dead sister’s ghost; the figure of death who intrudes upon a prince’s party in a locked up castle while all among the countryside reigns the Red Death; the nightmarish swinging pendulum; the living death of “M. Valdemar”; the sweet revenge of “Cask of Amontillado”; the immolated bullies of “Hop-Frog”; the murderous doppelganger of “William Wilson”; and the early template for the detective stories of later years in “Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “Mystery of Marie Roget” and “Purloined Letter” - these are all first class stories that hold up superbly today.

The appeal of these captivating stories goes hand in hand with knowledge of Poe’s own tortured life that contained numerous instances of heart-ache, loneliness, and loss, tinged with addiction to alcohol and drugs, and a mysterious death that remains unexplained to this day.

While the majority of the stories aren’t as brilliant as “Amontillado” or “Usher”, those few stories that are more than vindicate Poe’s status as a great writer. And while the lesser stories like “Gold Bug”, “Black Cat”, and “Descent into the Maelstrom” feel slower, overwritten, and less interesting than the best of Poe, there are moments in them that stand out and make reading them worthwhile.

Then there is the poetry. “The Raven” stands head and shoulders above the others, and remains a startlingly arresting poem to read to yourself or aloud to others. It’s sing-song quality is what keeps it so popular and its legendary images of a demented Raven saying “Nevermore”, and entrancing lines “Once upon a midnight dreary…”, make it a poem that people will willingly read, and keep returning to, until the end of time.

As with the stories, few other poems manage to reach the heights of “Raven” but there are a few gems in the poems, some excellent lines and images such as in “Lenore”, “The Conqueror Worm”, “Spirits of the Dead” and my favourite “Annabel Lee”.

Poe’s stories are a must-read for all fans of literature, whether horror, gothic or otherwise, as they’re not only fascinating and well-written but are also, most importantly, great fun to read. So go on, turn off the lights, and by the glare of the silvery moon open up the pages to one of his stories, and scare yourself like it’s 1842… nevermore.

guest review by Sam Quixote

Read excerpts from Edgar Allan Poe here!

List of Books Frances has read

* A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
* A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
* A supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again - David Foster Wallace
* And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks - Jack Kerouac and Willian S. Burroughs
* American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
* Atlas of Human Anatomy vol. I
* Atlas of Human Anatomy vol. II
* Atlas of Human Anatomy vol. III
* Collected Poems 1947-1997 - Allen Ginsberg
* Complete Tales & Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
* Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace
* Desolation Angels - Jack Kerouac
* Desperation - Stephen King
* Disco Bloodbath James St. James
* Dracula - Bram Stoker
* Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer In You - Dolly Parton
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
* Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
* Flappers & Philosophers - F. Scott Fitzgerald
* From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest - T.Z. Lavine
* Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
* Grace: A Memoir - Grace Coddington
* Hallellujah - Leonard Cohen
* Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
* Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
* Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation - Ruby Blondell
* Hunger - Knut Hamsun
* If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! - Sheldon B. Kopp
* Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
* Just Kids - Patti Smith
* Love is a Dog from Hell - Charles Bukowski
* Life After Death  - Damien Echols
* Memoirs of a Beatnik - Diane Di Prima
* Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
* Queer - William S. Burroughs
* Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 - Susan Sontag
* Rotten - Johnny Lydon
* Sextet - Henry Miller
* Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
* The Aforementioned - Merriam Webster
* The Atheist’s Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts - Joan Konner
* The Book of Lies - Aleister Crowley
* The Complete Poems - Anne Sexton
* The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
* The Essential Feminist Reader - Estelle B. Freedman
* The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
* The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
* The Key - Junichiro Tanizaki
* The Magic of Reality - Richard Dawkins
* The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
* The Monk - Matthew Lewis
* The Outermost House - Henry Beston
* The People Look Like Flowers At Last - Charles Bukowski
* The Road Less Travelled - M. Scott Peck
* The Sane Society - Erich Fromm
* The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien
* The Town and the City - Jack Kerouac
* This is Water - David foster Wallace
* Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
* Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
* We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
* Will Work for Drugs - Lydia Lunch
* Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Challenge Your Shelf September, 8th 2016: Short-Stories Appreciation

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Quoth the blogger,
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
I plucked from my shelf a work of not quite forgotten lore –
While I typed, nearly sleeping, suddenly there came an inkling,
‘I shall post Poe to Tumblr, just this once and Nevermore’”