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Who Reads Books Anymore?

Here is a brief list of things I like to do: shop, eat noodles, take naps, binge watch How I Met Your Mother, look up artsy things on Pintrest, and read. I do all of these things pretty regularly (especially napping)…except for reading. And reading is important. It’s not that I don’t like to read, it’s just something that has sort of slipped through the cracks as I’ve grown older. I’m disappointed about this.

When we were in elementary school, March Is Reading Month was an annual holiday. Well, I’m officially declaring November as my own personal Reading Month.

So, here’s what I did: I consulted the wonderful people of the world of Facebook and asked for book recommendations. Specifically, I asked for books that should be read at some point in life. Using these recommendations, online reviews, and my own personal thoughts, I have compiled a list of 50 books I hope to read before graduating college.

Ready? Here’s the list in no particular order:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  2. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  3. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  4. Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
  5. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque
  6. Emma, by Jane Austen
  7. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  8. The Odyssey, by Homer
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  10. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  11. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris
  12. The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
  13. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  14. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  15. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
  16. The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell
  17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  18. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
  19. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, by Courtney Maum
  20. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  21. A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
  22. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  23. Bad Feminists, by Roxane Gay
  24. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseni
  25. Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue
  26. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  27. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  28. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  29. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
  30. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
  31. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, by Jenny Wingfield
  32. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  33. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  34. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  35. Walks With Men, by Ann Beattie
  36. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whittman
  37. Song of Soloman, by Toni Morrison
  38. A Wild Sheep Chase, by Haruki Murakami
  39. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Juot Díaz
  40. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  41. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
  42. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
  43. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
  44. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  45. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  46. 1984, by George Orwall
  47. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
  48. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Dale Wasserman
  49. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  50. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

So, now that you’ve read my list, I’m inviting you to join me! If there is a book on here you’ve never read, or haven’t read in a long time, read it with me and if it’s awful we can bond over how much it sucked/how much we want to slap the person that initially recommended it. It’ll be fun!

I’ve also included a few of my own favorites that have changed my life (or at least made me cry). Here they are:

  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Room, by Emma Donoghue
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Warriors Don’t Cry, by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • Sold, by Patricia McCormick
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

As always, I would love your feedback. If you think there’s something missing from my list, something that needs to be taken off immediately, etc., please let me know! As always, thanks for reading my blog. It means the world.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket

xx Annie



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