Recommended Reads

Okay…I’m diving in head first – Books you should read in your lifetime according to me.  These are in no particular order, but I’ll probably end up listing my very favorites first.

Dune, by Frank Herbert.

Shogun, by James Clavell

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Naked Lunch, by William Burroughs

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkein

Another Country, by James Baldwin

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Patton

A Song of Fire and Ice – the series, by George R. R. Martin

The Dragon Bone Chair series, by Tad Williams

Otherland, the series, by Tad Williams

The Dragons of Pern – the entire series, by Anne McCaffrey

Ringworld, by Larry Niven

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut

A Man Without a Country, by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

Pretty much anything by Kurt Vonnegut

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Native Son, by Richard Wright

The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

V, by Thomas Pynchon

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

The Collected Works of Langston Hughes – poems

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

anything written by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Poems of Lao Tzu

The Bhagavad Gita

Meetings with Remarkable Men, by G.I. Gurdjieff

Cloudsplitter: A Novel, by Russell Banks

All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell – and his other books too

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Germinal, by Emile Zola

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Ulysses, by James Joyce

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

A Grain of Wheat, by Ngugi wa Thiongo

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

The Web and the Rock, by Thomas Wolfe

Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolfe

You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe

The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

1984, by George Orwell

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

pretty much every novel by Sharon K. Penman – start with The Sunne in Splendor

The Arthur Books, a series by Bernard Cornwall

The Arthurian Saga, a series by Mary Stewart

The Great Santini, by Pat Conroy

Sophie’s Choice, by Pat Conroy

The Children of Men, by P.D. James

Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, by Laurence Gonazles

Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya

The Beanfield War, by John Nichols

Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

Where Men Win Glory, the Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer

Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human, by Richard Wrangham

Six Wives, the Queens of Henry VIII, by David Starkey

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose

Constantine’s Sword: the Church and the Jews, a History, by James Carroll

To Destroy You Is No Loss, The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family, by Teeda Butt Mam

Kill and Tell, by Linda Howard

After the Night, by Linda Howard

Son of the Morning, by Linda Howard

Kiss of the Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning

The Dark Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning

The Immortal Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning

Spell of the Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning

The Highlander’s Touch, by Karen Marie Moning

Mila 18, by Leon Uris

Exodus, by Leon Uris

The Divine Comedy, by Dante

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas

Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross

Night, Elie Wiesel

Dawn, Elie Wiesel

Souls on Fire, Elie Wiesel

The Interior Castle or The Mansions, by St. Theresa of Avila

All the original Nancy Drew Mysteries, by Carolyn Keene

A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Mushroom Planet series, by Eleanor Cameron

Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis

The Bunnicula Collection, by James Howe, Deborah Howe and Victor Garber

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Rechenka’s Eggs, by Patricia Polacco

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

The Children of Odin, The Book of Northern Myths, by Padraic Colum

The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation, by Seamus Heaney

The Man Who Would Be King, by Rudyard Kipling

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carole, by Charles Dickens

Anpao, An American Indian Odyssey, by Jamake Highwater

Crazy Horse:  The Strange Man of the Oglalas, by Marie Sandoz

Cheyenne Autumn, by Marie Sandoz

Old Jules, by Marie Sandoz

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown

Black Elk Speaks:  Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Ogalala Sioux, by John Niehardt

The Teachings of Don Juan:  A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, by Carlos Castaneda

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

Breakfast At Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck

The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare

Brokeback Mountain, by Annie Proulx (a short and perfect story)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Moses:  When Harriett Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

D-Day, by Stephen Ambrose

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (not my favorite but my daughter insists)

The House of Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe

Troubled Sleep, A Novel, by Jean Paul Sartre

The Golden Bough, by James George Frazer

The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Mabinogion, author unknown

Maus I:  A Survivor’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman

Maus II:  A Survivor’s Tale, And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman

The Wall, by John Hershey

The Prince, by Machiavelli

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

Sacajawea, by Anna Lee Waldo

Days of Our Years, by Pierre Van Passon

O the Chimneys, by Nellie Sachs

The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, by Marco Polo

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Manchild in the Promised Land, by Claude Brown

Death Be Not Proud, A Memoir, by John Gunther

A Distant Mirror, the Calamitous 14th Century, by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, by Sei Shonagon

Beautiful Joe, by Marshall Saunders

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

Bambi, A Life in the Woods, by Felix Salten

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund

James The Brother of Jesus, by Robert Eisenman

The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, by Robert Eisenman and  Michael Wise

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Man and His Symbols, by Carl Jung

The Source, by James A. Michener

Memories, Dreams and Reflections, by Carl Jung

On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, by Gershom Scholem

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton

The Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett

The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Atlas Shrugged, by Ann Rand

The Fountainhead, by Ann Rand

Anthem, by Ann Rand

Shoeless Joe, by W.P. Kinsella

Catch 22, by Joseph Heller

A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean

The Jew in the Lotus, by Rodger Kamnetz

Tyrants and Kings, by John Marco – the series

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Remains of the Day, by Kazuro Ishiguro

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Madam Bovary, by Gustav Flaubert

Watership Down:  A Novel, by Richard Adams

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

La Reine Margot, by Alexandre Dumas

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe

Howl, by Allen Ginsberg

Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith

Smilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg

The Bourne Identity:  A Novel, by Robert Ludlum

Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett

Jurassic Park, by Michale Crichton

The Thornbirds, by Colleen McCullough

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story, by Richard Preston

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

Thing of Beauty, by Stephen Fried

White Fang, by Jack London

When Elephants Weep:  The Emotional Lives of Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason

The Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

American Wholefoods Cuisine, by Nikki and David Goldbeck

Farm House Cookbook, by Susan Herrmann Loomis

The Vegetarian Epicure, by Anna Thomas

The Great Chile Book, by Mark Miller

Thai:  The Authentic Taste of an Exotic Cuisine, by Kit Chan

A Pinch of Salt Lake, by the Junior League of Salt Lake City

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

Knocking On the Earth, by Ellery Akers

A Thousand Years of Vietnamese Poetry, Translated by Nguyen Ngoc Bich

Pablo Neruda:  A New Decade Poems 1958-1967, Translated by Ben Belitt and Alastair Reid

The Iliad and the Odyssey, by Homer

The Complete Works of Aristotle, by Aristotle

The Essential Spinoza:  Ethics and Related Writings, by Benedictus de Spinoza

The Guide of the Perplexed, by Moses ben Maimonides

A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster

Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski

The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosinski

The Last of the Just, by Andre Schwarz-Bart

A Woman Named Solitude, by Andre Schwarz-Bart

Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi

The Drowned and the Saved, by Primo Levi

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

If This Is a Man, by Primo Levi

The Persian Boy, by Mary Renault

The Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and the Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

Pygmalion, a romance in five acts, by George Bernard Shaw

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

The Mosquito Coast, by Paul Theroux

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Riverworld, by Phillip Jose Farmer

The original Nancy Drew mystery series, by Carolyn Keene

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

The Island of the Day Before, by Umberto Eco

Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco

Getting Off, A Novel of Sex and Violence, by Lawrence Block

Alan Watts – pretty much everything

Marjorie Morningstar, by Herman Wouk

At Play In the Fields of the Lord, by Peter Mathiessen

The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler

Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler

The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett

The Children’s Hour, by Lillian Hellman

Toys in the Attic, by Lillian Hellman

The Dark Angel, by Lillian Hellman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll

The Other Laura, by Sheryl Lynn

House Made of Dawn, by M. Scott Momaday

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

Having Our Say, by The Delany Sisters

Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger

Anything by T.C. Boyle, especially The Road to Wellville

The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller

The Journals of Lewis and Clark, edited by Bernard DeVoto

The Dinosaur Heresies, by Robert T. Bakker, Ph.D.

Taking the Highway, by M.H. Mead

Little Big Man, by Thomas Berger

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Bighorn, by Larry Colton

In Watermelon Sugar, by Richard Brautigan

The Conqueror Series, by Conn Iggulden

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh

Finnegan’s Wake, by James Joyce

The Faerie Queen, by Edmund Spenser

The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon

anything by Nadine Gordimer

Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri

The Castle, by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzenhitsyn

The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing

The Four Gated City, by Doris Lessing

The Memoirs of a Survivor, by Doris Lessing

Pretty much anything by Doris Lessing

Angle of Repose, by Walter Stegner

Heloise and Abelard, by Etienne Gilson

St. Maybe, by Anne Tyler

A Slipping Down Life, by Anne Tyler

The Fourth Turning, by William Strauss and Neil Howe

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli

A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis

Phantastes, by George MacDonald

Lilith, by George MacDonald

Those Incredible Christians, by Dr. Hugh Joseph Schonfield

The Passover Plot, by Dr. Hugh Joseph Schonfield

Sounder, by William H. Armstrong

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K. Dick

The Giver, Lois Lowry

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, Laurence Gonzales

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, Nina Teicholz

Bang the Drum Slowly, Mark Harris

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