These are the books I haven’t read. Or in some cases, books I think I read only half paying attention. If a book is not on the list, it means either a.) I’ve read it or b.) Oprah didn’t recommend it (just kidding – Oprah has had very little bearing on this list).

I’d like to build the list up to fifty books, so if you think there is something that I missed, let me know.

Title Author Done?
1984 George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
A Whole New Mind – NEW Daniel H. Pink
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Dubliners James Joyce
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Four Quartets T.S. Eliot
Harry Potter J.K. Rowling
How We Decide – NEW Jonah Lehrer
I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works – NEW Nick Bilton
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Kafka on the Shore – NEW Haruki Murakami
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Man’s Search for Meaning – NEW Viktor Frankl DONE!
Moby-Dick Herman Melville
Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter – NEW Antonia Fraser
On the Road – NEW Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Sophie’s Choice William Styron
The Art of War Sun Tzu
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larrson
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mesh – NEW Lisa Gansky
The Origin of Species Charles Darwin
The Outsider Colin Wilson
The Republic Plato
The Rights of Man Tom Paine
The Shining Stephen King
The War of Art – NEW Stephen Pressfield DONE!
The Wisdom of the Desert Thomas Merton
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Waiting for Godot Samuel Becket
Walden Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead – NEW Jerry Weintraub DONE!

Books that have been suggested, but I don’t quite have room to add yet:

  • The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
  • Tales from Firozsha Baag of a Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Book Of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
  • She by H. Rider Haggard and Daniel Karlin
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
  • What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East by Tiziano Terzan
  • Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

5 thoughts on “Books to Read

  1. hiya here are some suggested great books:
    1.The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
    2.Tales from Firozsha Baag of a Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
    3.The Book Of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
    4. She by H. Rider Haggard and Daniel Karlin
    5.The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
    6.What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
    7.The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
    8.A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East by Tiziano Terzan
    9.Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    10.The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

  2. Kate

    I recommend A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, if you haven’t read it already. Another good one, also about a young woman coming of age, is A Life of Her Own by Emilie Carles.

    • jessicahlawrence

      I definitely need to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn now that I’m living in Brooklyn. And A Life of Her Own sounds great too!

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