The Neil Peart Reading List

Neil Peart (1952-2020) was a Canadian musician, best known for being one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. Unusual for a rock band, Peart served as the band’s primary lyricist with output that was influenced by fantasy, science fiction, mythology and philosophy. Because he quickly became bored with touring life, Peart became a voracious reader and in the later part of his life, a published author. Literature heavily influenced his writing. Here are twenty-five books from Neil Peart’s reading list which are available at Encanto Books.  

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
More Die of Heartbreak – Saul Bellow
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safron Foer
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rabbit, Run – John Updike
Going After Cacciato – Tom O’Brien
Underworld – Don DeLillo
Darkness Visible – William Styron
More Die of Heartbreak – Saul Bellow
The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
Humbolt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The World According to Garp – John Irving
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Cider House Rules – John Irving
High Tide in Tucson – Barbara Kingsolver
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud

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