What to Read

I am a reader…always have been.  I go through phases where I read more often than others but I always have a book going.  Often more than one so I can read depending on my mood.

My most recent kick was classics.  I read Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Then it tilted a little to banned classics where I read The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence.

For my trip over to London a few months back I picked up a new novel, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  I just finished it this week (like I said, I go through phases) and today I thought my next endeavor might be to find a list of ‘must read’ books and ramble my way through that.

I quickly found that such a list was not quite as easily found as one might think.  The lists range from 5 to 2001 books long and there are as many quality lists as there are people to make them, all strongly biased for the maker obviously.  Then there’s the whole issue of genre….list of children’s books, list for business-minded people, fiction, non-fiction, biographies.  It can quickly become overwhelming.

However, I managed to find a list voted on by librarians from 2006 that I thought might be a good place to start.  Some of these I’ve already read, some I’ve never heard of, and some fall in between.

Below is the list in full:

~  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
~  The Bible
~  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
~  1984 by George Orwell
~  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
~  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
~  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
~  All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque
~  His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
~  Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
~  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
~  The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
~  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
~  Tess of the D’urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
~  Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
~  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
~  The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
~  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
~  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
~  The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
~  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
~  The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
~  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
~  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
~  The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
~  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
~  Middlemarch by George Eliot
~  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
~  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
~  A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn

I’m hoping there’s a mixture of purpose in this list.  Some serious, some thought-provoking, some humor…  I guess I’ll see.

I suppose I might begin at the top.  Since I’ve already read To Kill a Mockingbird and the Bible, that means my journey begins with The Lord of the Rings.  Hey, give it a go yourself if you feel so inclined.

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