Friday, January 19, 2007

Reading List

I have a new goal to read 100 books this year. Some may be old books I am dusting off and re-reading, but for the most part, it will be new books, or books I have forgotten the plot of since the last time I read them. However, I don't have a full list of books to read yet, and could use a few suggestions. Anyone got some for me?

The List
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (shocking I know, but I haven't read this one yet)
4. When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan (Ronald Reagan biography)
5. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Sean Covey (another surprise- but I've never read it)
6. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath (borrowed from Sherpa ages ago and never finished)
7. Turnaround by Mitt Romney
8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (managed to escape high school without ever reading it)
10. Moby Dick by Hermann Melville (another high school feat!)
11. Brothers Karamazov byFyodor Dostoevsky
12. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and John Ray
13. Things Fall Apart
14. Lord of the Flies
15.-22. All of the James Herriott books (all creatures great and small, all things bright and beautiful, etc.)
23. Catch 22 (started many times but never finished)
24. The Last Juror- John Grisham
25. The Broker- John Grisham
26. The Innocent Man- John Grisham
27. The Polysyllabic Spree- Nick Hornby
28. Housekeeping vs. Dirt- Nick Hornby
29. Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid- Bill Bryson
30. A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson

In order to make my goal, I have to have read all of the above books by the end of April. (If you are doing the math in your head, don't bother. I have taken into account plane trips and beach time for my reading schedule.) Any one have any opinions on any of the first 30 books? Most came right off the recommended high school reading list.

Maybe someone can help me find a book I read in high school I want to re-read. It was set in France, possibly early 1900's, or late 1800's, I can't recall. It involved Catholicism, a woman who was locked up, and a young girl. It was a bit of a murder mystery, something involving a well I think. And I think I wrote a paper on how there were 3 overlapping stories going on in the book, possibly over different generations. But I can't remember for sure! And I think the author's name was French as well. And the title may have even been in French?? I don't know. But I remember I got an A on the paper and that I wrote in my junior year. (Which probably means most other people would have read it either their senior year if you are older than me, or your freshman year if you are younger than me, and went to high school in Virginia. They changed the literature program around and I was in a pilot program, so my English classes did everything differently.) I do remember there were passages where the young girl (the narrative voice I believe) complained about praying before a cross in her room and that she had to kneel on a painfully hard wooden step to do so (there's probably a french or catholic word for this i can't recall), and I would think, "why doesn't she just get a pillow to put under her knees?" Can anyone help???


  1. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Atlas Shrugged? By April? Who is John Galt?

  2. Sorry Anonymous, but I don't follow you.
    It says Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. And I don't see anything that says John Galt.

    Ooh, and I forgot to add "Guns, Germs and Steel" to this list.

  3. May I suggest this book to be put on your list. They call it the companion book to John Grisham's The Innocent Man. Here is something I read about it:Who And Where Is Dennis Fritz, You say after reading John Grisham's Wonderful Book "The Innocent man", Grisham's First non-fiction book. The Other Innocent Man hardly mentioned in "The Innocent Man" has his own compelling and fascinating story to tell in "Journey Toward Justice". John Grisham endorsed Dennis Fritz's Book on the Front Cover. Dennis Fritz wrote his Book Published by Seven Locks Press, to bring awareness about False Convictions, and The Death Penalty. "Journey Toward Justice" is a testimony to the Triumph of the Human Spirit and is a Stunning and Shocking Memoir. Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted of murder after a swift trail. The only thing that saved him from the Death Penalty was a lone vote from a juror. "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham is all about Ronnie Williamson, Dennis Fritz's was his co-defendant. Ronnie Williamson was sentenced to the Death Penalty. Both were exonerated after spending 12 years in prison. Both Freed by a simple DNA test, The real killer was one of the Prosecution's Key Witness. John Grisham's "The Innocent Man" tells half the story. Dennis Fritz's Story needs to be heard. Read about how he wrote hundreds of letters and appellate briefs in his own defense and immersed himself in an intense study of law. He was a school teacher and a ordinary man from Ada Oklahoma, whose wife was brutally murdered in 1975. On May 8, 1987 while raising his young daughter alone, he was put under arrest and on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder. Since then, it has been a long hard road filled with twist and turns. Dennis Fritz is now on his "Journey Toward Justice". He never blamed the Lord and soley relied on his faith in God to make it through. He waited for God's time and never gave up.

  4. I've got about 50 books (seriously) that we've picked up at the library bookstore..or their discard pile. I only pick up books I want to read or books I want to give to others to read.


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