March 4th, 2008


Have you read these?

I made a list for some friends of fifty books I think everyone should read before they die. I didn't say these were my fifty favorite books of all time, (and I'm not including obvious ones like The Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings...I mean duh.) But I'm interested to see who's read what on my FList. They're in no particular order, and I reserve the right to change the list at any time.

1. War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy
2. Ulysses-James Joyce
3. Middlemarch-George Eliot
4. Anna Karenina-Leo Tolstoy
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6. The Sound and the Fury-William Faulkner
7. Beloved-Toni Morrison
8. Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
9. Things Fall Apart-Chinue Achebe
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God-Zora Neale Hurston
11. On The Road-Jack Kerouac
12. Gone With the Wind-Margaret Mitchell
13. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
14. The Brothers Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Absalom, Absalom-William Faulkner
16. Sons and Lovers-DH Lawrence
17. Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov
18. The Book of Disquiet-Fernando Pessoa
19. Leaves of Grass-Walt Whitman
20. Rebecca-Daphne DuMaurier
21. Lucy-Jamaica Kincaid
22. Lives of Girls and Women-Alice Munro
23. The Collected Dorothy Parker-Dorothy Parker
24. The Joy Luck Club-Amy Tan
25. The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde
26. The Things They Carried-Tim O’Brien
27. The Pearl-John Steinbeck
28. The Fountainhead-Ain Rand
29. The Golden Notebook-Doris May Lessing
30. Under the Volcano-Malcolm Lowry
31. Slaughterhouse-Five-Kurt Vonnegut
32. A Passage to India-E.M. Forster
33. The Wings of the Dove-Henry James
34. * The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway
35. Sophie’s Choice-William Styron
36. Silent Spring-Rachel Carson
37. The Red Queen-Margaret Drabble
38. In The Forest-Edna Obrien
39. Atonement-Ian McEwan
40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame-Victor Hugo
41. Vanity Fair-William Makepeace Thackery
42. The Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver
43. Catch 22-Joseph Heller
44. Tender is the Night-F. Scott Fitztgerald
45. Sister Carrie-Theodore Dreiser
46. A Bend in the River-V.S. Naipaul
47. Midnight’s Children-Salman Rushdie
48. The Wind in the Willows-Kenneth Grahame
49. Death Comes for the Archbishop-Willa Cather
50. Birdsong-Sebastian Faulks

After some reflection, I realize that I spent a lot of my teen years reading...not sure if this is a good thing or not.
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