Monday, March 2, 2015

Day Thirteen: 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime

So, perusing my Facebook page this morning, I came across of Amazon's 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime. Nerd that I am, I decided to see how many of the 100 books I had actually read or want to read.  Here is the entire list, plus my comments. I have highlighted the one's I have read in blue.
Amazon’s 2014 List of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime  
  1. 1984 by George Orwell- Read in high school in the 11th grade.  I did not like it had to force myself to read it. Not a very long book, but I just couldn't get into it. Had to take a day off from school to read it. Haven't attempted since. Maybe I will.
  2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket -Read this one as an adult. I did not like it either. Mostly, because I felt that the narrator was condescending to his readers.  I read the next two before I gave up with the series.
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  7. Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll-I read this for the first time as a child, and then, reread it when the Johnny Depp movie came out. I love the journey through childhood to adolescence that Alice represents, so did my students.
  9. All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  10. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  11. Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume-I read as many Judy Blume novels as I could when I was a preteen.  While I actually like Are You There, God?, my favorite was Tiger Eyes.
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison-I didn't discover Toni Morrison until college. Beloved is a book everyone should read, but boy, is it dark. I've only read it one time. It is a moving novel, but it is such a hard read, not reading level, content.  Still well worth the read.
  14. Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl-One of my favorite for children, may not exactly be for children novel. Those kids deserved every punishment they received (kidding).
  18. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White-It was the first book I ever bought with my own money. I read it until the covers fell off.
  19. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" by Brene Brown 
  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  22. Dune by Frank Herbert
  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury-Read it for the first time as a teacher. I loved it so much that I incorporated it into my American Literature class. I often match it with The Hunger Games.
  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson-Read it for the first time this past December. Didn't like it. I'll just leave it at that.
  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown- Read it as a kid. I liked it okay.
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling-I was challenged by my students to read the Harry Potter series. I love the whole series, but this wasn't my favorite. Half-Blood Prince is may fave.
  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote- I read this work a few years ago after watching the movie.  I preferred the book. A great read that kept me interested all the way through.
  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  33. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  34. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 
  35. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder- I think it was expected of all young girls in the 70s and 80s to read the Little House on the Prairie series. I enjoyed them, but I not anxious to read them again.
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez-I bought and read this shortly after his death, because I felt a little guilty that I hadn't read much by Marquez. While it was a good read, I wasn't fan, especially of Fermina.
  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  40. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  48. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  49. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  50. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-Was forced to read it in AP English. Haven't read it again. Can't say that I want to.
  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  53. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley- Changed every thing I thought I knew about Malcolm X. I read it after I read Roots. It is one that I will eventually read again.
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak-I read this after I read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I didn't read it all at once, but a little at a time. I think that did it a disservice. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  60. The Color of Water by James McBride
  61. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson-I so did not like this work. I read it for the H.H. Holmes aspect, but the building of the Worlds Fair just bored me to tears. I lost interest, but chugged away to the end.
  63. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  64. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  66. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman-Read the entire series. I didn't care for them. It was all just too much for me. It wasn't the "anti-religion" aspect. It was just...I just didn't like.
  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald-This is my favorite book of all time. I don't care, I don't care, I don't care.  I teach it every year, so I get to read it every year. It is a pleasure every time.
  68. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  69. The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-My students challenged me to this text, too. Love the entire trilogy, but The Hunger Games is still my favorite of the series.
  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  72. The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  73. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan-This was another challenge by my students. I read the first and the second, but I wasn't sold on it. I stopped, because it wasn't for me.
  74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien-Love, Love, Love The Lord of the Rings. I initially put it down the first time I read it, but once I past Hobbiton, I never wanted the adventure to end.
  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  79. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster -Read this trippy little novel as a kid. I prefer Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll
  81. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  86. The Shining by Stephen King-Read this one in junior high. I like The Shining, but I would hardly call it my favorite Stephen King novel. I would have picked It or The Stand.
  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe-Can you like a book and not like the protagonist? I didn't really care for Okonkwo, but I still loved Things Fall Apart.  I use to teach this novel in my World Literature class. It was always hit or miss with the students.
  96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-It is one of my favorite novels. I don't get to teach it because it is one of the ninth grade novels. I didn't read it until I was an adult. I don't think I would have had the same reaction as a ninth grader.
  97. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak- Read as a child. I've always enjoyed the story, can't wait to share it with my little niece.
In total, I have read 28 of the 100 books. I will eventually read more like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which I started and stopped, the Catcher in the Rye, The Diary of Anne Frank, etc.

I think they left off some better books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Siddhartha, and Life of Pi, but I'm partial to those novels.

Until next time, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin

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