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KURT BELL'S LIBRARY

This page contains a list of books: my favorite books, a list of books I’ve read, another list of books I want to read, and a growing collection of my favorite quotes.

MY FAVORITE BOOKS
The following are titles worth reading as a foundation to good thought, and the pursuit of your own philosophy. These are the titles I would want to take with me should aliens come to haul me away forever, or the books I’d recommend to young adults looking to develop their world view and jump-start their personal philosophy.

Few books are sometimes enough, as suggested by Seneca:

“You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and digest
their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.”

For my own reasons, I’ve taken care to list these titles in recommended order of reading.

  1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  2. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

  3. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (particularly Self Reliance)

  4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (George Long translation recommended)

  5. The Enchiridion by Epictetus

  6. On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

  7. Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca (click here for audio playlist)

  8. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorn

  9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorn

  10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

BOOKS I’VE READ
This list is comprehensive and includes the books listed above. I’ve organized them alphabetically, and by author, for easy reference, and have provided review ranking of between one to five stars *.

  • Abbey, Edward

    • Desert Solitaire ****

    • Hayduke Lives! ***

    • The Monkey Wrench Gang ***

  • Adams, Douglass

    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy *****

    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe *****

    • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish *****

  • Alighieri, Dante

    • The Divine Comedy *****

  • Alger, Horatio & Alger, Horatio Jr.

    • Ragged Dick ***

    • Strive and Succeed ***

    • Only an Irish Boy ***

    • Struggling Upward ***

    • Do and Dare ***

    • A Boy’s Fortune ***

    • Chester Rand ***

  •  Anonymous

    • The Bible **

  • Aristophanes

    • The Birds ****

  • Asimov, Isaac

    • i Robot *****

  • Aurelius, Marcus

    • Meditations (George Long translation) *****

  • Bach, Richard

    • Jonathan Livingston Seagull ****

    • Illusions ****

  • Barker, Dan

    • Losing Faith in Faith *****

  • Bradbury, Ray

    • Fahrenheit 451 ****

  • Burgess, Anthony

    • A Clockwork Orange ****

  • Carroll, Lewis

    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ****

  • Cervantes, Miguel de

    • Don Quixote *****

  • Charles, R.H.

    • The Book of Jubilees​

  • Conrad, Joseph

    • Heart of Darkness ***

  • Dawkins, Richard

    • The God Delusion ****

    • The Selfish Gene *****

  • De Kehoe, Joe

    • The Silence and the Sun *****

  • Dever, William G.

    • Did God Have a Wife?​ *****

  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo

    • Essays *****

  • Epictetus

    • The Enchiridion *****

  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel

    • The Scarlet Letter *****

    • The House of the Seven Gables *****

  • Herbert, Frank

    • Dune ***

  • Ford, Jamie

    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet ***

  • Golding, William

    • The Lord of the Flies *****

  • Griffin, John Howard

    • Black Like Me ***

  • Hemingway, Ernest

    • The Old Man and the Sea ****

  • Homer

    • The Odyssey *****

  • Hubbard, Elbert

    • A Message to Garcia ****

  • Kerouac, Jack

    • On the Road ***

  • Kesey, Ken

    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ***

  • King, Stephen

    • Joyland ***

    • Pet Sematary ***

    • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon **

    • The Green Mile ***

  • Krakauer, Jon

    • Into the Wild ****

    • Into Thin Air ***

  • Lane, Rose Wilder

    • Let the Hurricane Roar​

  • Lewis, C.S.

    • Mere Christianity ***

    • The Screwtape Letters *****

    • The Great Divorce **

    • The Problem of Pain ***

    • A Grief Observed **

  • Lingenfelter, Richard E.

    • Death Valley & the Amargosa *****

  • London, Jack

    • The Call of the Wild *****

    • To Build a Fire *****

    • White Fang ***

  • Lorimer, George Horace

    • Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to his Son ****

  • Maitland, Sara

    • A Book of Silence​

  • May, Todd

    • A Significant Life *****​

  • Melville, Herman

    • Billy Budd, Sailor *****

    • Moby Dick *****

  • Norman, John (I read this series in my teens)

    • Tarnsman of Gor *

    • Outlaw of Gor *

    • Priest Kings of Gor *

    • Nomads of Gor *

    • Assassin of Gor *

    • Raiders of Gor *

  • Orwell, George

    • 1984 *****

    • Animal Farm *****

  • Poe, Edgar Allan

    • The Raven *****

    • The Fall of the House of Usher ****

    • The Cask of Amontillado ****

    • The Pit and the Pendulum *****

  • Powers, Phillip J.

    • Buppy

  • Rand, Ayn

    • Atlas Shrugged **

  • Saint-Exupery, Antoine

    • The Little Prince ****

  • Salinger, J.D.

    • The Catcher in the Rye

  • Segan, Carl

    • Cosmos

  •  Seneca

    • Moral Letters to Lucilius *****

    • On the Shortness of Life *****

  • Shubin, Neil

    • Your Inner Fish *****

  • Sinclair, Upton

    • The Jungle ****

  • Steinbeck, John

    • Cannery Row *****

    • Of Mice and Men *****

    • The Grapes of Wrath *****

    • The Log from the Sea of Cortez **

    • The Pearl **

    • Tortilla Flat **

    • Travels With Charlie **

    • Sweet Thursday *****

    • Working Days **

  • Stoker, Bram

    • Dracula ****

  • Stow, Harriet Beecher

    • Uncle Tom’s Cabin ***

  • Strobel, Lee

    • The Case for Christ **

  • Thoreau, Henry David

    • Civil Disobedience ***

    • Life Without Principal ****

    • Walden *****

  • Tolkien, J.R.R.

    • The Lord of the Rings ****

    • The Hobbit ****

  • Twain, Mark

    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn *****

    • Tom Sawyer *****

  • Vonnegut, Kurt

    • Slaughterhouse Five ****

  • Wiesel, Elie​

    • Night​

BOOKS I PLAN TO READ
Titles I hope to complete in my remaining days. This list is organized by priority, which means the books I want to read first are at the top of the list.

  1. Losing Faith in Faith – Dan Barker

  2. Tripitaka (Buddhist holy text)

  3. Vedas (Hindu holy text)

  4. Book of Mormon (LDS holy text)

  5. The Analects of Confucius – Confucius

  6. The Dao de jing – (Taoist holy text)

  7. The Qur’an (Islam holy text)

  8. The Age of Reason – Thomas Paine

  9. Bertrand Russell on God and Religion – by Al Seckel, Prometheus Books, New York

  10. The Best of Robert G. Ingersoll – Robert G. Ingersoll (Crusade Publications)

  11. Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats – W.B. Yeats

  12. Epic of Gilgamesh – Anonymous

  13. David Copperfield – Charles Dickins

  14. The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World – Andrea Wulf

  15. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul – Douglas Adams

  16. Letter to a Christian Nation – Sam Harris

  17. Great Expectations – Charles Dickins

  18. God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

  19. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

  20. Nightfall – Isaac Asimov

  21. A Universe From Nothing – Lawrence M. Krauss

  22. Leaves of Grass – Walt Witman

  23. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  24. Walking – Henry David Thoreau

  25. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers – Henry David Thoreau

  26. Ulysses – James Joyce

  27. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

  28. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe

  29. Paradise Lost – John Milton

  30. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  31. Le Miserables – Victor Hugo

  32. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

  33. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  34. Emma – Jane Austen

  35. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev

  36. Brave New World – Aldus Huxley

  37. Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler

  38. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

  39. Poems by Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson

  40. The Adventures of Oliver Twist

  41. Basho: The Complete Haiku – Basho

  42. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke

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Going Alone was begun by Kurt Bell in an effort to help others understand and manage  the recognition of the apparent indifference of the universe to our well being, happiness or even our existence, and to find ways to make a good life in spite of this fact.

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