"Crash" by JG BallardVia Jonathan Cape"Ham On Rye" by Charles BukowskiVia Black Sparrow Books"Post Office" by Charles BukowskiVia Black Sparrow Press"A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony BurgessVia Heinemann"Naked Lunch" by William S. BurroughsVia Olympia Press"The Fall" by Albert CamusVia Penguin"The Stranger" by Albert CamusVia Hamish Hamilton"How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale CarnegieVia Simon and Schuster"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael ChabonVia Random House"Hegemony or Survival" by Noam ChomskyVia Metropolitan Books"The Alchemist" by Paulo CoelhoVia HarperCollins"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph ConradVia Blackwood's Magazine"Generation X" by Douglas CouplandVia St. Martin's Press"House of Leaves" by Mark Z. DanielewskiVia Random House"Inferno" by DanteVia Signet"The God Delusion" by Richard DawkinsVia Bantam Books"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor DostoyevskyVia The Russian Messenger"Notes from Underground" by Fyodor DostoyevskyVia Bantum Books"American Psycho" by Bret Easton EllisVia Vintage Books"A Staggering Work of Heartbreaking Genius" by Dave EggersVia Simon & Schuster"As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner"Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran FoerVia Little, Brown and Company"Freedom" by Jonathan FranzenVia Farrar, Straus and Giroux"The Prophet" by Kahlil GibranVia Alfred A. Knopf"Howl" by Allen GinsbergVia City Lights Books"Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. HeinleinVia Putnam Publishing Group"Siddhartha" by Hermann HesseVia New Directions"Steal This Book" by Abbie HoffmanVia Grove PressGödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas HofstadterVia Penguin"The Odyssey" by Homer"High Fidelity" by Nick HornbyVia Victor Gollancz Ltd"Dianetics" by L. Ron HubbardVia Hermitage House"Ulysses" by James JoyceVia Sylvia Beach"The Trial" by Franz KafkaVia Verlag Die SchmiedeCritique of Pure Reason Book by Immanuel Kant"On the Road" by Jack KerouacVia Viking Press"No Logo" by Naomi KleinVia Picador"Eeeee Eee Eeee" by Tao LinVia Melville House"The Executioner's Song" by Norman MailerVia Little, Brown"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García MárquezVia Harper & Row"The Communist Manifesto" by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx"Moby-Dick" by Herman MelvilleVia Harper"Paradise Lost" by John MiltonVia Dover"IQ84" by Haruki MurakamiVia Shinchosha"Lolita" by Vladimir NabokovVia Olympia Press"Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Friedrich NietzscheVia Penguin"Choke" by Chuck PalahniukVia Doubleday"Fight Club" by Chuck PalahniukVia W. W. NortonZen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert PirsigVia William Morrow and Company"Republic" by PlatoVia Penguin"In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel ProustVia Grasset"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas PynchonVia Viking Press"The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas PynchonVia Picador"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn RandVia Random House"The Fountainhead" by Ayn RandVia Bobbs-MerrillThe Dice Man by Luke RhinehartVia William Morrow"The Satanic Verses" by Salmon RushdieVia Viking Press"The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. SalingerVia Little, Brown and Company"Existentialism Is a Humanism" by Jean-Paul SartreVia Les Editions Nagel"The Wealth of Nations" by Adam SmithVia W. Strahan and T. Cadell"The Secret History" by Donna TarttVia Alfred A. Knopf"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. ThompsonVia Random House"Walden" by Henry David ThoreauVia Ticknor and Fields"Anna Karenina" by Leo TolstoyVia The Russian Messenger"War and Peace" by Leo TolstoyVia The Russian Messenger"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy TooleVia Louisiana State University Press"The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing" by by Al Ries and Jack TroutVia Profile Books"The Art of War" by Sun TzuVia Penguin"Infinite Jest" by David Foster WallaceVia Little, Brown"Trainspotting" by Irvine WelshVia Secker & Warburg"Leaves of Grass" by Walt WhitmanVia Signet"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom WolfeVia Farrar Straus Giroux
How Wanky Is Your Bookshelf?
You know exactly what kind of books you like and you don't feel the need to read what others recommend in an effort to look smart. There's more to life than reading a list of literature guided by the personal philosophy of some thirty-something-year-old white man named Brandon. Fuck Brandon and his basic taste.
You can see the value in reading books that take you out of your comfort zone, but mostly you just read books that you enjoy. At the end of the day you read for pleasure, not because you're trying to impress anyone. And besides, a lot of the books on the list, pretentious or not, are actually pretty damn good.
You like your books deft, purposeful, and difficult to understand. If you're not challenged by what you're reading then it has no place on your bookshelf, and there's nothing wrong with that. But it's probably best not to bring up your critiques of postmodernism on a first date, because honestly, it makes you look like a pretentious dick.