Wednesday, June 03, 2015

50 Great Books

Not too long ago, I came across Amazon’s list of books that everyone should read in their lifetime. Many of them I had read in the past, but many I had not. Some of these books were ones that every child should read, but as a kid I was more into Beverly Cleary and Stephen King, so I never read Charlotte’s Web or The Secret Garden. Many of the books on this list are more recent and trendy; I never thought I’d want to read the Harry Potter series. Even as an English major during my undergrad years, there were so many classics that I never got to, so I made a point this summer to get to as many as I could.

So, one evening last week, I drove down to my local library and signed up for a library card. Is there anything better than the smell of a library? I think not. Here's to a summer of great stories!

50 Great Books to Read:
(The ones I have striked through I've read so far)

Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter collection
Lord of the Rings
The Great Gatsby
Charlotte’s Web
Little Women
Animal Farm
Catcher in the Rye
The Help
The Grapes of Wrath
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Book Thief
The Kite Runner
A Tale of Two Cities
A Wrinkle in Time
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Of Mice and Men
The Secret Garden
The Handmaid’s Tale

The Little Prince
The Giver
Anne Green of Gables
East of Eden
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Watership Down
Anna Karenina
Water for Elephants
The Secret Life of Bees
100 Years of Solitude
The Poisonwood Bible
The Good Earth
A Prayer for Owen Meany
And Then There Were None
The Glass Castle
The Things They Carried
Cutting for Stone
Brothers Karamazov
The Phantom Tollbooth
Crime and Punishment
Love in the Time of Cholera
Slaughterhouse 5
Silent Spring
The Color of Water
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Valley of the Dolls


lynn cockrell said...

I love going to a library. In this day of the computer and internet, tablets, notebooks, etc., I am afraid that, perhaps a great many of the youth of today will not ever experience the memories and wonders of visiting a library. I agree that there is nothing which holds the same pleasure, nostalgia and even the scent of the printed word on the pages of books,magazines and other reading materials. There is something special about holding a book or magazine and actually touching the pages. Happy reading!

Just the Right Size said...

Lynn, I know right? A favorite childhood memory of mine was hanging out in a used bookstore for hours after school. They's let me sit on the floor and read until it was time for me to go home.


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