Recently they sent me 30 Books to Read by 30. The list was pretty cool and so I figure I would try to read them before I hit the big 3-4 :)
Here's the list as it stands now. I've crossed out the ones that I've read, there are a bunch that I'm hoping to read again since it's been so long.
The Illiad and The Odyssey, Homer
- The Secret History, Donna Tartt
- Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
- The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor
Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
The Road, Cormac McCarthy.Steve is a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. This is one of the saddest things I read but I did get through it.
- Maus, Art Spiegelman
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card.Seriously my favorite book of all time. To say that I have read it 100 times would be a serious understatement. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Ghost World, Daniel Clowes. I've read this book but it definitely warrants a re-read since I can't quite remember what it is about.
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
- Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien 1984, George Orwell The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. SalingerI was a junior the first time I read this in Mrs. Spielvogel's class. It could definitely use a re-read. Doh. Mrs. Lynch was Junior year... We had Mr.s Spielvogel for AP English Senior year... bah I'm getting old. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott FitzgeraldThis was sophomore English. I cannot remember the teacher's name. I can picture her. I'll have to pull out the yearbook tonight when I get home. AHA! I found it... Mrs. Crocco.
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
Lord of the Flies, William Golding.This was an 8th grade read with Mrs. Almario, followed by watching the movie in class. As much as I enjoyed getting out to class to watch a movie, this was definitely a bit disturbing. Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes. I read this in college in the original Spanish. I didn't get to really enjoy it since I was fighting with the language the whole time. This time, I'll either read it in the modern Spanish or just go for English.
- The Trial, Franz Kafka
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. I read this in the four grade because Cathy was reading it for her summer reading. Yep, I was SUPER Nerd. I would read my summer reading list and then Cathy's. At least it gave me someone to discuss the books with!
- Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson