Thursday, June 25, 2015

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson

Recently I came across this list (from Amazon, via kottke) of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.  I've got some work to do yet.
  • 1984, by George Orwell - READ
  • A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking - NOT READ
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers - NOT READ
  • A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah - NOT READ
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket - NOT READ
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle - NOT READ
  • Alice Munro: Selected Stories, by Alice Munro - NOT READ
  • Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - READ
  • All the President's Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - NOT READ, but I did see the movie.
  • Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt - NOT READ
  • Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret, by Judy Blume - READ (there's not much in the Blume oeuvre that I haven't read
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett - NOT READ
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison - READ
  • Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall - NOT READ
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat - NOT READ
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller - NOT READ
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl - NOT READ, but I saw the movie
  • Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White - READ
  • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese - NOT READ
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown - NOT READ
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1, by Jeff Kinney - NOT READ, but the series is popular with both LBA and SoBA
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert - NOT READ, was never a big fan of the sci-fi, fantasy genre
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury - I want to say READ, I feel like it made an appearance in HS English.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, by Hunter S. Thompson - NOT READ
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn - NOT READ
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown - around since 1947, I only have the memory of reading this to LBA and SoBA.
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens - NOT READ
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared M. Diamond - NOT READ
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling - haven't read any of them, but Mrs. BA has, as has LBA.
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote - one of the first non-fiction books I read was Fatal Vision, about the Ft. Bragg Murders of Jeffrey McDonald, but this one is NOT READ
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri - NOT READ
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison - NOT READ
  • Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware - NOT READ
  • Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain - I like to eat out, so I will keep this one as NOT READ
  • Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson - NOT READ
  • Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Mrs. BA owns the series and has read them and now LBA has started reading them too.
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov - NOT READ
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - as with Bradbury, I feel like this appeared on a syllabus at some point in my life.
  • Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich - NOT READ
  • Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl - NOT READ
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris - Mrs. BA has read this, and a copy is in the Launchpad, maybe I should pick it up.
  • Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides - NOT READ
  • Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie - NOT READ
  • Moneyball, by Michael Lewis - NOT READ but I did see the movie.
  • Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham - NOT READ
  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac - NOT READ
  • Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen - NOT READ
  • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi - NOT READ
  • Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth - NOT READ
  • Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen - NOT READ
  • Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson - NOT READ
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut - NOT READ
  • Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin - READ
  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton - NOT READ
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon - NOT READ
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley - NOT READ
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak - NOT READ
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz - NOT READ
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - NOT READ, HA! Just Kidding, READ, more than once.
  • The Color of Water, by James McBride - NOT READ
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen - NOT READ
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson - READ
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank - READ
  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green - NOT READ
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry - NOT READ
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman - NOT READ
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald - NOT READ
  • The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood - NOT READ
  • The House At Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne - READ
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins - NOT READ
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot - NOT READ
  • The Liars' Club: A Memoir, by Mary Karr - NOT READ
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1), by Rick Riordan - NOT READ
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry - READ (in both English and French!)
  • The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler - NOT READ
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright - NOT READ
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - NOT READ
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks - NOT READ
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan - NOT READ
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster - READ
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver - NOT READ
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro - READ (you could lose your NYS residency if you don't read this one)
  • The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe - NOT READ, but I did see the movie.
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy - as opposed to, ON the Road, - READ
  • The Secret History, by Donna Tartt - NOT READ
  • The Shining, by Stephen King - Finally, a King Book, READ!
  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus - READ
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway - not this one but other Hemingway stuff was READ
  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien - NOT READ
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle - READ, c'mon, who can name all the things the caterpillar eats?
  • The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame - NOT READ
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel, by Haruki Murakami - NOT READ
  • The World According to Garp, by John Irving - NOT READ
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion - NOT READ
  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe - NOT READ
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - READ and saw the movie
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand - I read some of this and want to go back and finish AND see the movie
  • Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann - NOT READ
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein - READ
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak - READ

1 comment:

C in DC said...

What a weird list. We read The Illustrated Man, not Fahrenheit 451, in my high school.