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Your 2015 Reading List Should be Joan Didion’s Favorites

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the ever daunting task of “what to read next”. Should you go head first into a hefty Leo Tolstoy novel? Should you read something cool and contemporary like Ben Leaner’s 10:04? Or are you in the mood for a nonfiction, say Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart?

The truth is, life is long! And you will one day be able to get to them all. For now; however, a good go-to for a phenomenal reading list is that of a writer’s whom you really trust.

Joan Didion has been a respected figure in the literary world for years. She’s now become somewhat of a fashion icon, undergoing a rebranding of herself at 80! She’s known for her nonfiction as well as fiction, so her list of favorite books is a solid choice to make as your 2015 reading list.

The site Brain Pickings recently published Didion’s fabulous book list from the author’s notebook and in her own handwriting! See below for the complete list.

1. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway) 

2. Victory (Joseph Conrad)

3.  Guerrillas ( V.S. Naipaul)

4.  Down and Out in Paris and London ( George Orwell)

5.  Wonderland ( Joyce Carol Oates)

6.  Wuthering Heights ( Emily Brontë)

7.  The Good Soldier ( Ford Madox Ford)

8.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Márquez)

9.  Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

10.  Appointment in Samarra (John O’Hara)

11.  The Executioner’s Song (Norman Mailer)

12.  The Novels of Henry James:  Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, Daisy Miller, The Aspern Papers, The Turn of the Screw

13.  Speedboat (Renata Adler)

14.  Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)

15.  Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)

16.  The Berlin Stories (Christopher Isherwood)

17.  Collected Poems (Robert Lowell)

18.  Collected Poems ( W.H. Auden)

19.  The Collected Poems (Wallace Stevens)