I have decided to use the upcoming season as a perfect opportunity to continue with the grand tradition of summer reading lists. In looking at my "books I've read" spreadsheet, I was very saddened to see the lack of books I've read, as well as the lack of diverse genres. Therefore, I am going to try to read from the following list, taken from this article*: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Bible 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 Grahame 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 Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L'Engle
OK, so that last one isn't actually on the list, but I promised a friend I would read it this summer. The ones in bold/italic I have already read, and therefore will not be re-reading. Honestly, this is a rather daunting task (and one that will take much longer than one summer) considering my love of the mystery!**
*I also enjoyed this article, which is another blogger's opinion of the above referenced list.
**This is probably one of the worst posts I've ever written. OK, not really, but what can I say? This is the earliest I've ever posted before and I'm not fully awake yet! Yeah, it's 10:30 AM. So what?