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Good Book Catalogue is an online book catalogue.


There is a cosiness in having books around, especially those worn editions crowded with sticky notes. This website is a digital catalogue of one person’s bookshelf. As much as possible the pictures featured here are their own, well-loved copies.

Many of us fall into the pages of books in childhood – sustaining an imagination and nourishing our curiosity. Some of us fall out of the habit later in life. Yet when reading accompanies us through moments of grief, solitude, heartbreak and sickness, it may elevate our spirits & provide perspective on our diverse and fascinating world. This page is curated by designer Emma Hursey.





Where to find books


There are plenty of free books across the internet and hopefully most towns still have a local library. Please don’t buy books from Amazon. Owned by the world’s richest man, Amazon certainly do not need and nor do they deserve your money.




Local Bookshops

Support your local, independent bookshop. If you’re in isolation, contact a shop near you to explain your situation and to ask if they’d be happy to deliver your purchase. In the UK, Hive lets you search local independent bookshops with a percentage of your purchase going towards a shop of your choosing.

Google Maps ︎
Independent Bookseller (AU) ︎︎︎
Hive (UK)  ︎




Free eBooks

For eReaders, you can find a wealth of classics for FREE on websites such as Project Gutenberg. Independent publisher Verso Books reguarly make eBooks available for free from their wonderful collection too.

Project Gutenberg ︎︎︎
Verso Books ︎︎︎




Free Audiobooks

You can often find free audiobooks on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services. There are a wealth of free audiobooks available at the likes of Loyal Books. They have a wide selection of classics and an easy to navigate website.

Loyal Books ︎︎︎




eBooks

If you’d like to buy eBooks or audio books, it’s easy to find them in places other than Amazon. Local bookshops often sell them online. One of my favourite finds of late is the Verso Book Club – for as little as £5 a month you can receive a multitude of eBooks for any device every month.

Verso Book Club ︎︎︎




Secondhand Books

Buy books secondhand online. As well as being a more sustainable approach, you can find most books far cheaper than elsewhere. If visuals is your jam, it’s a grand way to get your hands on a wonderful variety of covers.

World of Books ︎︎︎
Oxfam (UK) ︎︎︎
eBay ︎︎︎




Library

A novel (pun intended) idea for sourcing books is the humble library. Contact yours and discuss the process of borrowing & buying during the pandemic. Many libraries also have a wealth of online resources which aren’t always limited to your postcode. In a small town? Check out what state libraries have to offer

Google Maps ︎︎︎




To delve into the nuances of a life, with its characters, time and place, is where we really form our own connections and considerations.


The function of literature is to speak about the world. Fiction and non-fiction alike expand our perception of the world around us. The time we spend in a book is time spent examining the life of another within ourselves. Reading swells those four walls, bringing the company of community into our isolation.




Index



Use Cmd-F on desktops to search for Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels or Non-fiction catergories: Art & Design, Biography, Environmental, Essays, Grief, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Queer, Society & Travel
 
︎ = Highly recommend



Desert Island Book would be The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. Only topping bell hooks’ Teaching Community since a Desert Island, by definition, would be devoid of community. 




Natives: Race & Class in The Ruins of Empire  ︎
Akala
Non-fiction: History & Society



Interaction of Colour
Josef Albers
Non-fiction: Art & Design



Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys  ︎
Viv Albertine
Non-fiction: Biography



To Throw Away Unopened  ︎
Viv Albertine
Non-fiction: Biography & Music



White Girls  ︎
Hilton Als
Non-fiction: Society



I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  ︎
Maya Angelou
Non-fiction: Biography



It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be
Paul Arden
Non-fiction: Art & Design



The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
Fiction



Giovanni’s Room  ︎
James Baldwin
Fiction



Image Music Text
Roland Barthes
Non-fiction: Philosophy



Foreign Soil  ︎
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fiction: Short Stories



Ways of Seeing
John Berger
Non-fiction: Art & Design



The Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry
Poetry



Now You See It
Michael Bierut
Non-fiction: Art & Design



Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain  ︎
Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe
Non-fiction: Society and Culture



The Unnatural Art of The Garden
Roberto Burle Marx
Non-fiction: Art & Design



The Myth of Sisyphus
Albert Camus
Non-fiction: Philosophy



The Outsider
Albert Camus
Fiction



Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica
Dorothy Carrington
Non-fiction: Travel



Too Much and Not the Mood  ︎
Durga Chew-Bose
Non-fiction: Essays



On Anarchism  ︎
Noam Chomsky
Non-fiction: Politics



The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis
Fiction



Adieux
 Simone De Beauvoir
Non-fiction: Biography



She Came To Stay
Simone de Beauvoir
Fiction



The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Fiction



Blue Nights
Joan Didion
Non-fiction: Grief



The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
Non-fiction: Grief



Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race  ︎
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Non-fiction: Society



What is the What
Dave Eggers
Biographical Fiction 



Art Sex Music  ︎
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Non-fiction: Biography & Music



Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow
Non-fiction: Society



Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Paulo Freire
Non-fiction: Society



The Future We Choose
Christiana Figueres
Non-fiction: Environment



The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fiction



Hunger  ︎
Roxane Gay
Non-fiction: Biography



Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
Malcolm Gladwell
Non-fiction: Psychology



Girl in a Band
Kim Gordon
Non-fiction: Biography & Music



The Shortest History of Germany
James Hawes
Non-fiction: History



The Book of My Lives
Aleksandar Hemon
Non-fiction: Biography



Colouring The Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives – Life Stories and Essays by First Nations People of Australia ︎
Dino Hodge
Non-fiction: Queer



The Odyssey
Homer
Fiction



Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope  ︎
bell hooks
Non-fiction: Society and Teaching



Dubliners
James Joyce
Fiction



No One Belongs Here More Than You
Miranda July
Fiction: Short Stories



The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Fiction



She Said
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Non-fiction: Society



Border: A Journey to the Edge Europe
Kapka Kassabova
Non-fiction: History



Failed It!
Erik Kessels
Non-fiction: Art & Design



Wabi-Sabi: Further Thoughts
Leonard Koren
Non-fiction: Art & Design



I Love Dick
Chris Kraus
Non-fiction: Biography & Art



Infinity Net  ︎
Yayoi Kusama
Non-fiction: Biography & Art



Women Together/Women Apart
Tirza True Latimer
Non-fiction: Queer History



Decolonizing Solidarity
Clare Land
Non-fiction: Society



The Whitsun Weddings
Phillip Larkin
Poetry



A Wizard of Earthsea  ︎
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



Searoad
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fiction



Tales From Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



Tehanu
Ursuka K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



The Farthest Shore
Ursuka K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



The Other Wind
Ursuka K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



The Tombs of Atuan
Ursuka K. Le Guin
Fiction: Fantasy



A Grief Observed
C.S. Lewis
Non-fiction: Grief



How Democracies Die
Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt
Non-fiction: Politics



So Real it Hurts
Lydia Lunch
Non-fiction: Biography & Music



Revolting Prostitutes  ︎
Juno Mac & Molly Smith
Non-fiction: Society



Prisoners of Geography
Tim Marshall
Non-fiction: Politics



On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan
Fiction



Poverty Safari
Darren McGarvey
Non-fiction: Society



The Natural Enemies of Books
MMS
Non-fiction: Art & Design



Design as Art  ︎
Bruno Munari
Non-fiction: Art & Design



Norweigen Wood
Haruki Murakami
Fiction



Sputnik Sweetheart
Haruki Murakami
Fiction



Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Fiction



Animal Farm
George Orwell
Fiction



1984
George Orwell
Fiction



Equal Rites  ︎
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



Mort  ︎
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



Pyramids
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



Sourcery
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



The Colour of Magic  ︎
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett
Fiction: Fantasy



The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon
Fiction



Letters to a Young Painter
Rainer Maria Rilke
Non-fiction: Art



Conversations with Friends
Sally Rooney
Fiction



Normal People
Sally Rooney
Fiction



Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli
Non-fiction: Physics



The Order of Time  ︎
Carlo Rovelli
Non-fiction: Physics



Footnotes in Gaza
Joe Sacco
Non-fiction: Graphic Novel



Palestine
Joe Sacco
Non-fiction: Graphic Novel



Bonjour Tristesse
Françoise Sagan
Fiction



Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger
Fiction



Nine Stories
J.D. Salinger
Fiction



Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
J.D. Salinger
Fiction



Assata: An Autobiography  ︎
Assata Shakur
Non-fiction: Biography



Autumn
Ali Smith
Fiction



Spring  ︎
Ali Smith
Fiction



Winter
Ali Smith
Fiction



Just Kids
Patti Smith
Non-fiction: Biographical



M Train
Patti Smith
Non-fiction: Biography



Swing Time
Zadie Smith
Fiction



Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Non-fiction: Society



Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit
Non-fiction: Society



The Mother of All Questions
Rebecca Solnit
Non-fiction: Society



Whose Story Is It?
Rebecca Solnit
Non-fiction: Society



On Photography
Susan Sontag
Non-fiction: Art & Design



How to Reform Capitalism
The School of Life
Non-fiction: Society & Art



Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Olga Tokarczuk
Fiction



Killing and Dying  ︎
Adrian Tomine
Fiction: Graphic Novel



The Responsible Object  ︎
Marjanne Van Helvert
Non-fiction: Art & Design



The End of Policing
Alex S. Vitale
Non-fiction: Society



Cat’s Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut
Fiction



Galapagos
Kurt Vonnegut
Fiction



Hocus Pocus
Kurt Vonnegut
Fiction



Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut
Fiction



Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
Tennesse Williams
Fiction: Play



A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Fiction



The End


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