this is moderately interesting

Mommy has been panicking lately over Al’s allegedly sorry state of writing and reading, and the people in her life who are bad influences. Shra and I think she’ll be fine, but I have promised to go through a book and a book report-type assignment with Al every week this summer once she gets out of school.

Since I’ve got books on the brain:
Yes, this is hugely long. Probably not fun to read, but fun to do. Some people don’t know when to capitalize their title words and when not to. I’ve corrected them when I noticed, but I probably missed a lot.

bold those you’ve read
underline those you own but haven’t gotten to yet
italicize those you don’t own but plan to some day
– add three of your own
– post to your journal

The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

1984, George Orwell

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JK Rowling

Middlemarch, George Eliot

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – attempted, will one day re-attempt

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Dune, Frank Herbert

Emma, Jane Austen

Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden

A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

Ulysses, James Joyce

Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

On The Road, Jack Kerouac

The Godfather, Mario Puzo

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome

Dracula, Bram Stoker

The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Shogun, James Clavell

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

Possession, A. S. Byatt

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

East Of Eden, John Steinbeck

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Papillon, Henri Charriere

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Kim, Rudyard Kipling

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore

Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco – this is the first one Al and I are going to read together [this did not happen]

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery – actually I own the French

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

Silas Marner, George Eliot

Heidi, Johanna Spyri

Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells

The Once and Future King, T. H. White

Flowers in the Attic, Virginia Andrews

The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien

The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Letters To a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

The Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Tartuffe, Jean-Baptise Moliere

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Candide, Voltaire

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle

The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony

Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Jester

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin – one of my favorite books ever

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

About a Boy, Nick Hornby

Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco

Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk

The Art of War, Sun Tzu

The Giver, Lois Lowry – another all-time favorite

Xenogenesis (or Lilith’s Brood), Octavia Butler

The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)

The Princess Bride, William Goldman

Beowulf, Anonymous – yes, and it is strange

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo

The Genesis Code, John Case

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Paradise Lost, John Milton

My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok

The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O’Neill

Othello, by William Shakespeare

The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas – a few of

The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats – a few of

The Inferno, Dante

The Apology, Plato

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Our Town, Thorton Wilder

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo

Sewer, Gas, and Eletric by Matt Ruff

Perdido Street Station, China Mieville

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte

Neuromancer, William Gibson

A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers – read a few of hers and can’t remember which is which [now one of my favorites!]

Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson

A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le’Guin

Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

The Silence of the Lambs, Robert Harris

Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman

The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

Stardust, Neil Gaiman

Foundation, Isaac Asimov

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton

She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb

Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

White Oleander, Janet Fitch

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence

Count Zero, William Gibson

Slapstick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Idoru, William Gibson

The Parasites, Daphne du Maurier

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

The Agony and the Ecstacy, Irving Stone

The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli

Beautiful Losers, Leonard Cohen

Maus, Art Spiegelman

A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, Howard Zinn

I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb

Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway

Right Ho, Jeeves!, PG Wodehouse

Doomsday Book, Connie Willis

Plagues and Peoples, William McNeill

The Gallery of Regrettable Food, James Lileks

The Years of Rice And Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

Illusions, Richard Bach

Living, Loving and Learning, Leo Buscaglia

To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

The Master of Go, Yasunari Kawabata

Letters From Earth, Mark Twain

Tom Jones, Henry Fielding

Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie

We, Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

A Question of Power, Bessie Head

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Beat Queen, Louise Erdich

The House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

The Republic, Plato – parts of

The World According to Garp, John Irving

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck – I’ve always liked this one

Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

The Cave, Jose Luis Saramago

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at I’ve read an additional 12 books on this list since 2003.]