Friday, June 11, 2010

This is a list of 80 books

I like to choose a summer reading goal. I bandied ideas around for this summer:
-the summer of my Russian novel
-books about the sea
-war books
-$1 bargain bin books
-books that have numerical titles

Ultimately, I've decided to read my way through the Strand 80.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
The Great Gatsby
Catcher in the Rye
Jane Eyre
HP & the Sorcerer's Stone
Slaughterhouse 5
Catch 22
Grapes of Wrath
HP & the Deathly Hallows
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Wuthering Heights
Little Women
The Alchemist
Tale of Two Cities
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Bell Jar
HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban
HP and the Order of the Phoenix
Great Expectations
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Fight Club
The Sound and the Fury
The Giver
Life of Pi
Madam Bovary
Where the Wild Things Are
The Handmaid's Tale
The Picture of Dorian Gray

To Read(reed):
Atlas Shrugged*
Lord of the Rings
On the Road
Gone with the Wind
Ana Karenina
The Brothers Karamazov
Crime and Punishment
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Kite Runner
East of Eden
Sun Also Rises
War and Peace
The Hobbit
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Count of Monte Cristo
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Brave New World
Moby Dick
Les Miserables
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
In Cold Blood
Ca'ts Cradle
Love in the Time of Cholera
Little Prince
The Time Traveler's Wife*
Invisible Man
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The World According to Garp
To the Lighthouse
The Poisonwood Bible
The Old Man and the Sea
Ender's Game
Bleak House
Calvert of Strathore
Master and Margarita
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe**
Prince Caspian**
The Silver Chair**
The Horse and His Boy**
The Magician's Nephew**
The Last Battle**
The DaVinci Code*
Franny and Zooey
A Wrinkle in Time**
Everything is Illuminated

I have more than half the list to read (reed), so, I better get moving. I have just been offered a half share in a Barnes and Noble gift card, so, I have to start deciding. I should read the ones I already have, but, I think I might start with Gone With the Wind. I mean, why not? It's my summer.

*yeah, I'm probably not going to read these. also, how did ayn rand get 3 books on this list?
**i read these as a child, but really don't recollect them, so, it might be time to give them another go


  1. Capital idea. But if you get so close to finishing the Strand book list and don't, will it gnaw at you? Will you finally give in and take a horse pill of Rand?

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  3. So many great books in your to read (reed) list. "Poisonwood Bible" literally changed me, and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"...sheesh! Jus' deep. Go for it! I'm rooting for you. (Rand sits on my shelf waiting to be tolerated as well.)

  4. Hey, It's your long lost cousin from Utah, long time follower, first time commenter. (Yes, I admit, I'm much more of a blog stalker than anyone would suspect.) ANYway, why am I breaking my silence now? I saw a book on your list that I had to warn you about. Time Traveler's Wife. Don't do it. I innocently picked it up a few years ago (way before any movie) and was fairly appalled at the blatant & descriptive sex that was ther. Movies, have ratings, so at least you have warning about what lurks inside them. Books, sadly do not. I may not be the best judge, since I only read the first chapter, then flipped to the middle somewhere to see if things got better, (but didn't) then threw the book away. Yes, threw it away, which I've never done before or since. So anyway, there you have it, my take on why not to read a book that you said you probably wouldn't anyway. But if it saves you from having to wash out your eyes with soap, it was all worth it.

  5. James: I don't even want to consider that now.

    Bonnie: Thanks for the tips. I have to start somewhere.

    Liz: Thanks for the comment, and for the heads-up. I will say that I had my doubts about this one (my doubts steamed mostly from the LAME movie trailer).