Saturday, August 20, 2011

Big Fat Hole in my Education

I just read a blog post that combined titles from lists found at College Board and The Most Recommended Books List from Reading Lists for College-Bound Students and went through to see what she completed. I am proud to say that even though she was 3 1/2 years into a pHd I have read more than her, but wow there are so many I have never read. My plan is to get though all of these eventually. Anyone want to read them with me?
The titles in italics and red are the ones I've read. I couldn't figure out how to strike out the titles. Hopefully the red doesn't hurt the eyes.

Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It On the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul - Seize the Day
Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert - The Stranger
Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cather, Willa - My Antonia
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cervantes, Miguel de - Don Quixote
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
Dante - Inferno
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoevski, Feodor - Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
Forster, E. M. - A Passage to India
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
Golding, William - The Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
Ibsen, Henry - A Doll's House
James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James - The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Kafka, Franz - The Trial
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
Lawrence, D. H. - Sons and Lovers
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Sinclair, Lewis - Babbitt
London, Jack - Call of the Wild
Malamud, Bernard - The Assistant
Mann, Thomas - Death in Venice
Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
Morrison, Toni - Sula
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Olsen, Tillie - Tell Me a Riddle
O' Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey Into Night
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Paton, Alan - Cry the Beloved Country
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Salinger, J. D. - The Catcher in the Rye
Scott, Sir Walter - Ivanhoe
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer's Night Dream
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles - Antigone
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William Makepeace - Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Updike, John - Rabbit, Run
Voltaire - Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt - Slaughterhouse Five
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Welty, Eudora - From the book "Thirteen Stories" - Why I Live at the PO, The Worn Path, The Petrified Man
Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard - Native Son

I actually possess several of these books that I purchased years ago to start a classics bookclub with a co-worker. We read Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own and started Moby Dick. We couldn't get through Moby Dick and our book club idea fell apart. I did recently find Moby Dick for elementary age readers in the dollar bin a Target so maybe I'll start there. :)


Lady of the House said...

I would do this with you. We need some new reads for our book club anyway and this sounds like a great idea.

Jenny said...

I am not much of a reader and tried to avoid it at all costs. I did read at least 2 of these and saw 2 in movie form.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I am LOL at Jenny's comment, she is funny :-).

Well, I can't say I am up for reading these literary gems. My reading style if more like Twilight. Right now I am reading Linger--the sequel to Shiver.

I'm making my kids read the classics, I'll just learn through them. I am an awesome homeschool teacher like that!