MUST read?

Plowing through my "possible blog posts" list, I came across this article:Harper Lee tops librarians' must-read list (þ: Sites and Soundbites). While I'm opposed to the idea of a Must Read Book Cannon (mostly because they're always so skewed by their creators), it is interesting to see how my reading has conformed - or deviated - from that cannon.

So, here's the list, with what I've read in bold:

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
The Bible (NB: I've read the Old Testament and some of the New - not the whole thing)
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 Graham
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
While I'm sure the non-read items are worthy, I'm not feeling a great need to run out and read them just yet. Who knows, perhaps, someday I will. But MUST read them? Perhaps not.



bri said...

Now, THAT is an interesting must read list. They aren't usually so current and I usually haven't read anything on them. In this case I have read possibly one or two more than YOU and that is a feat! Oh, and commentary: Time Traveller's Wife was fun and all but really doesn't deserve to be on any such list, in my opinion. But you really should get around to reading Life of Pi, which is one of my favorite books of the last decade.

Jen said...

I'm not surprised that Bri and I are commenting on the same two books! But we differ slightly in our commentary. I love, LOVE, *LOVE* The Time Traveller's Wife. Is it the be-all and end-all of literature? No. Can I see Bri's point? Yes. But I think you should absolutely read it. It's excellent. And Life of Pi is incredibly well done and thought provoking.