March 1, 2011

My EVERYONE should read list

I mentioned it yesterday, and thought I would share the rest of the list:

Tale of Two Cities  Charles Dikens


Cry the Beloved Country  Alan Patton



In the Time of the Butterflies   Julia Alvarez


Exodus   Leon Uris


The Book Thief    Markus Zusak


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer

And not because they are good (they are), but because they are important.

What about you?  Do you have a list like this?  Share!

7 comments:

Melinda said...

To Kill a Mockingbird--DEFINITELY must be read!

Barbaloot said...

I'm with Melinda---that's one of my favorites. I haven't read any of the ones on your list...except the condensed version of Tale of Two Cities. Clearly I am ignorant.

Melanie Jacobson said...

Yep. To Kill a Mockingbird. (My son's middle name is Atticus.) Huckleberry Finn. People who hate it don't get it. Devil in the White City. Atlas Shrugged.

Hm. I like to read. I could list forever.

Here's my list of what no one should ever have to read: Anything by William Faulkner.

Heidi said...

I think of myself as well read but I have read few of these listed (even tho I have heard of most of them). I HAVE read To Kill a Mockingbird. Yes, a must. I would add Crime and Punishment and Siddartha and Pride and Prejudice and A Separate Piece (oh, my yes) and Lord of the Rings b/c even tho they are technically genre books, I think that as the years go by, they will be deemed far more important than they are at this time---they were an attempt by the author to create a mythology that England lacked, rather like the Greek and Roman myths. Hundreds of years from now, they might be seen as just that. (I'm still betting on Arthur, though. In fact, add L'morte D'Arthur and The Once and Future King. And The Idylls of the Kings, a tale in rhyme about Tristan and Isolde,probably the original story Romeo and Juliet was eventually based on.)

That Girl said...

Also love To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Hiding Place. It's practically scripture.

Les Miserables. Seriously. Read it. WOW.

... and is it lame if I include Harry Potter? I say it is IMPORTANT!

Lara said...

I agree with everyone else that To Kill a Mockingbird has to be on this list. :)

I've read A Tale of Two Cities, but it's been a really long time. I recently read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and really loved it.

I have The Book Thief sitting on my nightstand amongst my very large to-be-read pile.

Also on my list would be Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Pride and Prejudice, and...well, I have a long list. :)

Erin said...

Hmmm. Thanks for listing these books because I have only read one (The Book Thief) and now I have a new list to look for at the library!

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