Book Reading List

New Year Goals.  Even readers should have at least one – shake it up a little.  But birthdays can be a good time to start new goals, especially if the birthday is a milestone itself.  I turn 60 this year, so I’m setting a new goal for myself.  I received a great bookmark, captioned “50 Books To Read Before You Die” and I thought how cool it would be to make it a goal to read these in one year.  It’s do-able even though I know I’ve read at least half of them already throughout my long 60-year-old life and I already have some of them in beautiful hardback editions.   However, my goal is not to just read them, but to acquire them for my personal library.  The neat thing would be to read and acquire them in the order here.  I also know this is a very arguable list.  Purists for the classics would argue some of these don’t deserve to be on this list, such as the Harry Potter series.   But.  I’m not a purist.

So, on behalf of my very personal birthday and goal, I present my list of 60 books I’ll read during my next birth year.  Join me if you want.  I’ll keep up with this page at least monthly.I would also argue that there will probably be a LOT more on this list by the end of 2013!!

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. 1984 – George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
  4. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  6. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. A Passage to India – E. M. Forster
  9. The Lord Of The Flies – William Golding
  10. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  11. A Bend In The River – V. S. Naipaul
  12. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. The Catcher In The Rye – J. D. Salinger
  14. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  15. Brave new World – Aldous Huxley
  16. The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  17. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  18. The Bible – various
  19. The Canterbury Tales – Geofrey Chaucer
  20. Ulysses – James Joyce
  21. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  22. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  23. Money – Martin Amis
  24. Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling
  25. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  26. The Wind In The Willows – Kenneth Grahams
  27. His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
  28. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  31. the Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-time – Mark Haddon
  32. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  33. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  34. The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope
  35. The Outsider – Albert Camus
  36. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  37. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  38. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  39. The War Of The Worlds – H. G. Wells
  40. Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway
  41. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  42. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (Kindle-9/2012)
  43. Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  44. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Dafoe
  45. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  46. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  48. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  49. The Divine Comedy – Alighieri Dante
  50. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  51. For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  52. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  53. Lost Horizons – James Helton
  54. The Sea Wolf – Jack London
  55. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  56. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  57. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
  58. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  59. The Yearling – Marjorie Keenan Rawlins
  60. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
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