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May 18, 2009

13.   Read 101 books (more info)

These are the books I want to read and have yet to start. There will be a link to this list from the 101 Books page. I am open to suggestions from anyone and everyone! Just leave a comment with the title and author. Thanks!

  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh ^#
  • Nightwatch –Sergei Lukyanenko ^
  • Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice
  • Dune – Frank Herbert ^
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller #
  • Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkates
  • The Intellectual Devotional – a knowledge-based daily devotional
  • Chemistry of Death – Simon Becket
  • Atonement –Ian McEwan #
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley #
  • Highwire Moon by Susan Straight
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger #
  • Northern Lights – Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass)
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini ^
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky ^
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austin, Seth Grahame-Smith
  • The Making of the Fittest – Sean Carroll
  • Airman – Eoin Colfer ^
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • Illusions – Richard Bach ^
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • Middlesex – Jeffery Eugendies #
  • The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb
  • White Tiger – Kylie Chan
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski #
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker #
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan #
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood #
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway #
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway #
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway #
  • To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway #
  • The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje #
  • Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally #
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell #
  • The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler #
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad #
  • Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler #
  • The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett #
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick #
  • On the road- Jack Kerouac #
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger #
  • The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler #
  • 1984 – George Orwell #
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway #
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons #
  • Already Dead – Charles Huston
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon #
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said – Phillip K. Dick
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  • The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • The Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  • After Dark – Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  • Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coehlo
  • Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Gregory Maguire
  • Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
  • The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  • Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Thank you so much for the recommendations! :

Erin, Lora, Elaine, Lauren, Dad, DeLaMi, Ben, Aманда, Aunt Terry, Rachie X, Andy, Alyson, Nessie, Beth, Mrs Shoo, Nicky Jane, Amy N., Sammy, Think Pink in my Life, & Sarah


(^) indicates suggested by friend/family for goal 18 (more info)

(#) indicateds on either 1001 books you must read before you die list and/or Time’s all-time top 100 list for goal 12 (more info) or goal 16 (more info)

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 2:57 pm

    Some suggestions!

    Fiction:
    Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
    A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

    Non-fiction:
    Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

    Also:
    The Intellectual Devotional – a non-religious, knowledge-based daily devotional

    Will definitely be following this blog!

    • tarasg permalink
      May 19, 2009 3:06 pm

      Thanks! I’ll add those to my to-read list :)

  2. May 19, 2009 4:27 pm

    Chemistry of Death – Simon Beckett
    Awesome book. =)

  3. May 20, 2009 1:06 am

    what about the twillight books or have you read then already?
    Also the golden compass – phillip Pullman
    Great triology.

    – Lora

  4. May 20, 2009 6:24 am

    The Golden Compass: http://www.philip-pullman.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=50
    Really good books! I prefer these more then Chemistry of Death.

    Twillight Books:
    http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilightseries.html
    Haven’t read them yet but my friend says they are really good.

    – Lora

    • tarasg permalink
      May 20, 2009 10:36 am

      I can’t count the Twilight books because I’ve read the series at least 6 times this year. It’s my guilty pleasure. They are really good. Not amazingly written/edited but really good. I will add The Golden Compass to the list. I’ve haven’t seen the book yet but it looked interesting.

      – Tara

  5. May 20, 2009 1:29 pm

    Hehe, I see. I’ve seen you only have added the first book, trust me when you’ve read that one you’ll read the others too.

    – Lora

    • tarasg permalink
      May 20, 2009 1:56 pm

      I’m sure I will. I’m going to add the link you posted so it’s easy to find the rest of the books.

  6. May 20, 2009 2:38 pm

    Hehe, on the page of that link is a fourth book, I’ve got no clue what it is because the story ends after the third book.

    – Lora

  7. Rachie X permalink
    June 3, 2009 2:01 am

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lol ! I brought that from the airport bookstore when i was travelling in April. Still haven’t found time to read it so its on my list as well ;)

    • taraSG permalink
      June 3, 2009 10:54 am

      Somebody brought it up at last weekend and I had never heard of it. I really loved Pride & Prejudice so it should be interesting to see how I like it with zombies!

  8. Rachie X permalink
    June 18, 2009 5:48 am

    We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
    Middlesex – Jeffery Eugendies
    The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb
    White Tiger – Kylie Chan
    House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

    All Brilliant!! :)

    • taraSG permalink
      June 18, 2009 12:27 pm

      The only one I’ve heard of is House of Leaves and I’ve thought about trying it but forgot to add it to the list :) Thanks!!

  9. September 25, 2009 12:01 pm

    Along with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the author has also produced another book called Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is on my bedroom floor awaiting its turn to be read!

    • taraSG permalink
      September 25, 2009 12:20 pm

      I’ve heard of that! I wonder if it’s as good. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is hilarious! I’m almost done with it (I keep it in my purse and read when I’m waiting somewhere). I’ll be sure to post a full review when I’m done. If you read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, let me know how you like it!

  10. Amy N. permalink
    September 28, 2009 12:35 pm

    Great start – your whole approach to the 101 in 1001 is great! I’m trying to get one together myself and yours is a great inspiration!

    I see you have “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon on your list.
    I just finished re-reading it – and I bet you’ll be adding the rest of her series to your list!

    If I had to suggest just one book it would be “Veronika Decides to Die” by Paulo Coehlo. All of his stuff is very deep (without being extremely long) and this by far is I think something all women in their 20’s should read.

    Good luck with all of your goals!

    • taraSG permalink
      September 28, 2009 1:24 pm

      Thanks :) Good luck with making your list! There is a good post on Day Zero List Makers full of tips on how to make a better list.

      I’ll add those to my to-read list! Thanks!

  11. March 2, 2010 7:56 pm

    Oh, I just read your ‘to-read’ list and it’s marvellous!

    I finished Dracula on the weekend. It was a tough read, but a really rewarding one. I’d actually never read a ‘classic’ prior, so I guess maybe it was a bit more of a challenge… the language isn’t hard to understand… but some of the speech patterns are old fashioned, so I found myself re-reading lines a few time to get the meaning :) The pictures he conjures up in the book are incredible–exactly how you’ve seen them in the movies!

    1984 and Animal Farm are AMAZING, and Animal Farm is a very quick read. There’s a scene with the horse in it that made me cry. It’s really chilling. 1984 is one of my all-time favourite books.

    Oh! And Runemarks by Joanne Harris is FABULOUS–you could read it in one sitting, I think. Apparently there’s a sequel in the works :)

    Sorry–I love your posts on all things book related :D

    • taraSG permalink
      March 2, 2010 9:42 pm

      I wish I had enough time/money to read all my books on that list lol

      I’m still working on Dracula. I keep getting bored. Well, maybe bored isn’t the right word… more tired of reading it.

      I’ve read 1984, but it was back in high school and I don’t remember much of it. How I’ve never read Animal Farm, I don’t know lol.

      I’m requesting Runemarks from the library as soon as I finish this reply! Thank you!!

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