I have a small library of mountaineering literature and have read a few on your list. If you have any mountaineering aspirations at all then I would remove the books from your list that are about Mt. Everest. There may be some good reads in there- but those books won't offer much if you're looking to learn something about mountaineering.
I've read about 80 books or so mountaineering (some are out of print). The following are some of my faorites that might also be enjoyed by somebody new to the genre:
1.) Postcards from the ledge, Greg Child. Funny! I have read it more than 10 times!
2.) The Mammoth Book of Climbing Adventures: This thing is totally generic (the publisher makes a book for everything!)- but it HAS ALL THE CLASSICS. A must read! I used to read one essay before each day at the crag for inspiration.
3.) The Mountains of my life: Walter Bonatti: An autobiography from the greatest mountaineer of all time.
4.) Free Spirit: Reinhold Messner. An autobiography from the second greatest mountaineer of all time.
5.) Thin Air: Greg Child. An awesome book. A little more serious than Postcards from the Ledge. A classic
6.) The White Spider: Heinrich Harrer: The classic.
7.) Into Thin Air: Krakauer. You'll learn more about the author's ego than you will about that incident and climbing in general. But, I must say- Jon Krakauer is a great writer and Into thin Air is a very entertaining read. (You'll want to read Anatoli's book soon after...) A book for everybody.
There are obviously a lot of books that I am leaving out here... But the ones above are a good intro to climbing literature, in my opinion.
Then again, if you have the money and the time- go big and buy them all!
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