Not bad for middle age!

My wonderful friend Aravis gave me a bookmark (not as wonderful as the one she made me, but still, a Lazygal can't have too many bookmarks, right?). On it are inscribed the 50 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I've always loved lists like this - my first was created from the book on how to prepare for college (a "gift" from my mother when I was in 8th grade) - so of course I wanted to see how I stacked up.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Tolkein
1984 - Orwell
Pride and Prejudice - Austen
The Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee
Jane Eyre - Bronte
Wuthering Heights - Bronte
A Passage to India - Forster
The Lord of the Flies - Golding
Hamlet - Shakespeare
A Bend in the River - Naipaul
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
The Bell Jar - Plath
Brave New World - Huxley
The Diary of Anne Frank - Frank
(** s/b The Diary of a Young Girl!!)
Don Quixote - Cervantes
The Bible
The Canterbury Tales - Chaucer
Ulysses - Joyce
The Quiet American - Greene
Birdsong - Faulks
Money - Amis
Harry Potter series - Rowling
Moby Dick - Melville
The Wind in the Willows - Grahame
His Dark Materials trilogy - Pullman
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Carroll
Rebecca - du Maurier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Haddon
On the Road - Kerouac
Heart of Darkness - Conrad
The Way We Live Now - Trollope
The Outsider - Camus
The Color Purple - Walker
Life of Pi - Martel
Frankenstein - Shelley
The War of the Worlds - Wells
Men without Women - Hemingway
Gulliver's Travels - Swift
A Christmas Carol - Dickins
Huckleberry Finn - Twain
Robinson Crusoe - Defoe
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Kesey
Catch 22 - Heller
The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
Memoirs of a Geisha - Golden
The Divine Comedy - Dante
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Wilde

So, 31 of 50 books. Guess I should ignore the 330 books on Mt. Bookpile and start in on these... or not.


Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you were never forced to read "Mockingbird" or "Gulliver," as they come up on so many syllabi!

Lazygal said...

OOPS - I did read Mockingbird. That's been changed. As for Gulliver, nope.

As with any list, there are some serious "wha???" moments. No Flaubert? No Byatt?

Aravis said...

I wondered how many of those you'd read! Thanks for answering the unasked question. Sorry this one wasn't cross-stitched. Maybe I'll design a new one for you next year. *G*