For the Love of Lists

I made a book list!  And, of course, alphabetized it with the magic of Excel (by title–I’ll never remember the authors) and loosely categorized it in an effort to try to educate myself by reading some non-fiction and historical writings on occasion.  I’ll more than likely add more to this list than I’ll ever check off of it, but it was a satisfying endeavour nonetheless.  Additions welcomed.

Title Author Category
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Fiction
A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn History
A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine Marina Lewycka Fiction
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams Theater
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley Fiction
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith Fiction
Africa John Reader History
All Souls Christine Schutt Fiction
All the Kings Men Robert Penn Warren Theater
American Lion Jon Meacham History
Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt Non-Fiction
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy Classic
Beloved Toni Morrison Fiction
Beowulf Anonymous Classic
Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand Theater
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Classic
Due South: Dispatches from Down Home R. Scott Brunner Fiction
Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert Non-Fiction
Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer Non-Fiction
Evidence of Things Unseen Marianne Wiggins Fiction
Grimm’s Fairytales Brothers Grimm Classic
Les Miserables Victor Hugo Classic
Little Bird of Heaven Joyce Carol Oates Fiction
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert Classic
March Geraldine Brooks Fiction
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris Fiction
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden Fiction
North & South Elizabeth Gaskell Classic
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout Fiction
On the Road Jack Kerouac Fiction
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kensey Fiction
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fiction
Original Meanings Jack N. Rakove History
People of the Book Geraldine Brooks Fiction
Persuasion Jane Austen Classic
Pilgrim’s Progress Paul Bunyan Classic
Plague of Doves Louise Erdrich Fiction
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver Fiction
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi Non-Fiction
Republic of Suffering Drew Gilpin Faust History
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs Autobiography
Seven Story Mountain Thomas Merton Christian
Sex God Rob Bell Christian
Silas Marner George Eliot Classic
Song of the Water Saints Nelly Rosario Fiction
Summer for the Gods Edward J. Larson History
Tale of Two Utopias Paul Berman Political
Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare Fiction
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Fiction
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Fiction
The Color Purple Alice Walker Theater
The Crazy Iris and Other Stories… Kyoko Hayashi Fiction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Short Stories F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery Fiction
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Fiction
The Great Cat Massacre Robert Darnton History
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Schaeffer, Ann Burrows Fiction
The Help Kathryn Stockett Fiction
The Hemingses of Monticello Annette Gordon-Reed History
The Hours Michael Cunningham Fiction
The Inner Voice of Love Henri Nouwen Christian
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Fiction
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper Classic
The Liberal Hour Mackenzie/Weisbrot History
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Fiction
The Metaphysical Club Louis Menand History
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan Non-Fiction
The Right to Vote Alexander Keyssar History
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Fiction
The Secrets of the Fire King Kim Edwards Fiction
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Fiction/Memoir
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass Theater
The World is Flat Thomas Friedman History
The Writing Life Annie Dillard Non-Fiction
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Fiction
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin Non-Fiction
Tortilla Curtain T.C. Boyle Fiction
Turn of the Screw Henry James Fiction
Underworld Don DeLillo Fiction
Watership Down Richard Adams Fiction
When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Fiction
You Shall Know Our Velocity! Dave Eggers Fiction
Ruth Stone Poetry
William Carlos Williams Poetry
Paulo Neruda Poetry
Langston Hughes Poetry
R.M. Rilke Poetry
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One thought on “For the Love of Lists

  1. Ohh! I can cross 7 of those off!

    You should add ‘the crying of lot 49’ by Thomas Pynchon. It’s a quick read, hilarious and absolutely disorientating. =D

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