Another Book List

I was inspired to do this meme from Lit & Life:

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.    I’ve read the PURPLE books and have the GREEN ones.

1. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (-)
2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (-)
3. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (-)
4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (-)
5. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (X)
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (X)
7. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (X)
8. Dune by Frank Herbert (-)
9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (-)
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (X)
11. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (-)
12. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (X)
13. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (-)
14. O Pioneers! By Willa Cather (-)
15. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (-)
16. My Antonia by Willa Cather (-)
17. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (X)
18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (-)
19. Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder (X)
20. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (-)
21. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (-)
22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (X)
23. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (-)
24. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (X)
25. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (-)
26. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (-)
27. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (-)
28. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (X)
29. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (-)
30. The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (-)
31. Roots by Alex Haley (-)
32. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (X)
33. Katherine by Anya Seton (-)
34. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (X)
35. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (X)

37. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (X)
38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (X)

39. The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter (-)
40. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (-)
41. The Stand by Stephen King (-)
42. Carrie by Stephen King (X)
43. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (-)
44. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (-)
45. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (X)
46. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (X)
47. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (X)

48. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (-)
49. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (X)
50. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (-)
51. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (X)
52. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (X)
53. Mystic River by Denis Lehane (X)

54. American Pastoral by Philip Roth (-)
55. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (-)
56. Rabbit Run by John Updike (-)
57. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates (-)
58. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty (-)
59. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (-)
60. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (-)
61. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (X)
62. Sandman by Neil Gaiman (-)
63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (X)
64. World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow (-)
65. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (X)
66. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (-)
67. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (X)
68. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (X)

69. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (-)
70. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (-)
71. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (-)
72. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (X)
73. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (-)
74. Deep End of the Ocean by Jacqueline Mitchard (-)
75. John Adams by David McCullough (-)
76. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (-)
77. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult (X)
78. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (X)
79. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (X)
80. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut (X)
81. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (X)

82. Native Son by Richard Wright (-)
83. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos (-)
84. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (-)
85. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (-)
86. The Bridge of the San Luis Ray by Thornton Wilder (-)
87. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (X)
88. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (-)
89. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (-)
90. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (-)
91. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (X)
92. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (X)
93. Beloved by Toni Morrison (-)
94. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (-)
95. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (-)
96. So Big by Edna Ferber (-)
97. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (-)
98. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (X)
99. The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty (-)
100. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner (-)

Only 38.   Twain is one of the guys that I really don’t know if I’ve read or not…   Quite a few of these, I’ve started and gave up on (Last of the Mohicans, Grapes of Wrath, The Fountainhead) and even more that I really really want to read…  SOMEDAY!    I must get to Cather and Wharton and Oates and Jackson.    I know I would love the Bissinger and McCullough, probably the Erik Larson.   The Bell Jar has intrigued me forever.   And I’m finally starting to wonder why that Caged Bird is Singing.


A friend on Facebook tagged me for a meme to list the 15 most influential books that ‘made me who I am’ and I have been considering it for days.     I’m going to have to list only one for now:    The Hobbit by Tolkien.    My fifth grade teacher read to us after lunch and he introduced me to ‘older’ books.      I recall a startling realization that I didn’t have to only read books written for 10 year olds!    I quickly devoured all the Agatha Christie’s we had in the house and from them on, it was as the saying goes, “the world was my oyster”.

I was relating this story to my mother and she interrupted, “I thought it was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that he read to you.”   Yea, he read that as well, but it was The Hobbit that was the bigger thicker ‘older book.     I loved the Chronicles of Narnia MORE but the impact made by The Hobbit was far greater.


8 thoughts on “Another Book List

  1. I always wonder at how these types of lists are compiled – what sorts of top 100 Lists are used? Who decides what the top 100 are anyway? Most of the time they remind me of a high school reading list with a few oddballs tossed in. And then I scroll through and realized I’ve read most of them and have no desire to read the ones that look like they came off Oprah’s Book Club list (I know – so snobby of me!).

    38 seems like a good number though, you shouldn’t preface it with “only” – far too many people have only read about five of those books and even then only because a teacher made them.

  2. Only 38?!! I think 38 is fantastic!!!! I’ve only read 21.

    Why can’t someone just make one of these lists and ask how many of them I own, instead of how many of them I’ve actually read…I’d fare much better that way. 😉

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