All the cool kids are doing it, and I really have nothing better to talk about while I kill ten minutes waitingf for the Lewis Black special.
Below is a list of 101 Great Books
Recommended for H.S. Students & Readers of All Ages.
It appears that of the books on the list that I've read, most of them were read in high school or college. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy them. Notes on some, bolded titles are the books i've read.
Beowulf 7th grade, Mr. Mangano. Mr. Mangano's (now ex) wife became famouse for making that squeegee mop and appearing on a ton of infomercials.
Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert - The Stranger
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales 8th grade. We had to act parts of this out. I think I was a hooker.Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness Read this after I saw Apocalypse now in the theater. I was such a pompous ass in high school.
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
Dante - Inferno Did this one in World Lit in college, though I read portions on my own.
Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote Read this about twenty times. The first time was in high school. The theater department was putting on Man of LaMancha so we did Don Quixote at the same time the play was running. One of the classics that I own a copy of not because it looks good on the shelf, but because I honestly love reading it..
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities I hate Dickens.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man Read this during my heavy sci fi stage.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays Some day I will write about the impact Emerson's writings had on my life, especially in high school.
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones (I think we weren't allowed to read this for some reason)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang - Faust
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter Another one we had to act out parts of. Another time I played a hussy.
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22 Read this only a couple of years ago.
Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms With the exception of his short story Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway bores me to death. I hate his style, hate his words, hate his books. I am a neanderthal, I know.
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey I do believe that I was the only person in both high school and college who thoroughly enjoyed reading these epics.
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New WorldOy. Ok, let's just say that I did a lot of drugs in high school and I truly believed that Adlous Huxley knew all the secrets to the world, the universe and the mind. It was only later I realized that he was nothing more than a shill for the mescaline industry.
Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw Henry was ok, but we studied him while I was going through a tumultuous senior year breakup. So I always associate him with Bobby, which is not a good thing.
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManApologize/pull out his eyes. I never forgot that. I practically memorized half the book, especially the part where Stephen writes his name and address and continues from town to city, to state and on until he ends with the universe. It was profound to a fifteen year old. It's still profound to this 41 year old. Joyce was a huge inspiration to me. Still is.
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
London, Jack - The Call of the WildI cannot describe how much I hated being forced to read this book.
Mann, Thomas - The Magic MountainI cannot describe how much I loved reading this book.Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick Yawn.
Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales So there was this one point in my early teens when I swore I was Poe reincarnated. My mother put a stop to that when she pointed out that my supposedly harrowing poetry would have embarassed Poe.
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream Well, I loved studying Shakespeare in high school. I memorized almost the whole of Macbeth. I daydreamed about being Juliet. And when it came time to act out some Shakespeare parts, I ended up playing a hussy.
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles - Antigone
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex Read it in college, sort of. See, St. John's was in the Final Four in the NCAA basketball tournament at the time and our minds were not on this guy and his mom.
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island My mother bought me this huge set of books when I was about ten. They were green, hardcovered and had intricate drawings scattered throughout. Treasure Island was included in the collection. But I didn't read it then, because I was too concerned with the stories about fairies and knights. I came back to it when I in my mid teens, when I decided I wanted to be a pirate when I grew up.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden If I had to choose the one book that made the biggest impact on my life, the one book that changed my view of the world, the one book that I would take a copy with me wherever I go - this is it.
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Luckily, there was no harlot in this story. So I got to play Huck for just one scene. And for the next few months or so, I told anyone who would listen that I was going to live a life like Huck's. And then I grew up.
Voltaire - CandideRead it first in tenth grade and shrugged. Read it agian in college and thought Voltaire was a riot.
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of GrassLong Island pride. I have a very dog-eared paperback of Leaves of Grass that I take out every once in a while when I need some inspiration.W
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass MenagerieI have to say that when we read this in high school, I really didn't understand it. By the time I did understand it, I didn't care. It was like one day I was sitting there and this very delayed light bulb went off in my head and I said ohhhh yea! Mhhmmmm. And then I promptly forgot all about Williams again.
Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard - Native SonRead this on my own during my college years, after the St. John's team disappointed us.
I wouldn't be surprised if I skipped over some by accident. My eyes are tired.
Some day I will make a list of 100 books I read that will never make it onto any Best Of list anywhere except here.