Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Books to Read Before I Die" List

Please note: This list can be added and subtracted from as I see fit, and does not have to be read in chronological order. They shall all be given a chance to shine. Those in italics are ones that I own, those crossed out I've already read.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
2. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. the main works of Jane Austen, particularly Emma and Pride and Prejudice
4. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
5. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodson Burnett
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I kind of own this, it's in one of my Lit textbooks)
9. Atonement by Ian McEwan
10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
11. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
12. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Note: I will eventually reread this, because most of this first time was done on Sparknotes.)
13. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
14. 1984 by George Orwell
15. Call of the Wild by Jack London
16. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
17. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
18. some works by Stephen King (Cujo, The Green Mile, Salem's Lot, Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, etc.)
19. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
20. some works by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, etc.)
21. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
22. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
23. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson
24. Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
25. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
26. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson 
27. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (really, I just wanted to read something by Faulkner, it doesn't necessarily have to be this book)
28. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
29. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
30. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
31. Jumper by Steven Gould
32. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance)
33. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
34. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
35. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
36. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
37. some works by Virginia Woolf (The Waves, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, etc.)
36. some works by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin)
37. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
38. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
39. Dracula by Bram Stoker
40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
41. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
42. The Stranger by Albert Camus
43. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
44. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
45. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
46. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
47. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
48. the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
49. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
50. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
51. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
52. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
53. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
54. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
55. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
56. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
57. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

1 comment:

  1. I have read many of these, and it is a good list!