Summer Reading List

I have decided to use the upcoming season as a perfect opportunity to continue with the grand tradition of summer reading lists.  In looking at my “books I’ve read” spreadsheet, I was very saddened to see the lack of books I’ve read, as well as the lack of diverse genres.  Therefore, I am going to try to read from the following list, taken from this article*:

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 Quite 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 Grahame
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
Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle

OK, so that last one isn’t actually on the list, but I promised a friend I would read it this summer.  The ones in bold/italic I have already read, and therefore will not be re-reading.  Honestly, this is a rather daunting task (and one that will take much longer than one summer) considering my love of the mystery!**

*I also enjoyed this article, which is another blogger’s opinion of the above referenced list.

**This is probably one of the worst posts I’ve ever written.  OK, not really, but what can I say?  This is the earliest I’ve ever posted before and I’m not fully awake yet!  Yeah, it’s 10:30 AM.  So what?


~ by Amy on June 12, 2008.

12 Responses to “Summer Reading List”

  1. I am so in love with To Kill a Mockingbird. It was one of my favorites of all time. And I loved The Wind in the Willow too. Some of these I read in school and have almost no memory of and others stand out. I loved and still do, Jane Eyre. I know you aren’t looking for more choices since this is a huge list, but I am finding I, Mona Lisa so nice to read and well out of my norm. I can’t even tell you WHY I am enjoying it except that it is historical (not something I have tended to gravitate to) and has a very interesting character, being Mona Lisa. You might want to give it a try.

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  3. You have a great reading list Amy. Stick with it for as long as it takes. Dad and I read (or rather listened to Life of Pi together. It was so good and had a very surprising ending. Have you read The Secret Garden? Many have seen the movie, it is good too, but the book is so much better. My Grandmother read it to me every spring for years, I never get tired of it.

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  6. […] The last two were my favorites of them all, which makes me want to move right on to the next one, Love, Lies, and Liquor!  I won’t though.  I must continue my Summer Reading List! […]

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