Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Books you should read in your lifetime

A lot of these are on my TBR list. A lot of them I have finished or at least started. Some, I am just wishing to read. All of them have great reviews. I look forward to attempting to finish this list.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1984 by George Orwell 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Beloved by Toni Morrison

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

YA Anti-racist Books

YA anti-racist books

I have read some of these books and I have wanted to read some of them for a while. Each of the books on the list has given me something to think about. I hope to have the same reaction from those that I will be reading soon.

Just Mercy (Adapted For Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson


Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Black Card by Chris L. Terry

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson


This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

New LGBT Books

New LGBT books

Here is a list of books for Pride Month. I haven’t read any of these, but I own one. I guess I need to get working on them one of these days. I’ll probably have to extend Pride Month to all year round in order to finish these. That’s not a bad thing, really.

Fiction & Poetry 

The Knockout QueenWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsCleannessWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsUnder the RainbowWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
This Town SleepsWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsSwimming in the DarkWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsReal LifeWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Boys of AlabamaWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsEnter the AardvarkWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsUpright Women WantedWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
The SubtweetWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsYou Exist Too MuchWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsDocileWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
The Prettiest StarWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsAll My Mother's LoversWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsI Know You Know Who I AmWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Fiebre TropicalWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsExciting Times: A NovelWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsWe Had No RulesWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Broken PeopleWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsFinnaWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsA Beautiful CrimeWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
HomieWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsDaylightWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsThe Gospel of BreakingWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars

Nonfiction 

The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and RomanceWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsUntamedWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsHere for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; EssaysWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Something That May Shock and Discredit YouWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsMy Autobiography of Carson McCullersWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsAll Boys Aren't BlueWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Wow, No Thank You.Want to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsEverybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and LikesWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsBecoming a Man: The Story of a TransitionWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His SonWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsLater: My Life at the Edge of the WorldWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsThe Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in PicturesWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of AmericaWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsFairest: A MemoirWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsThe Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & HandbookWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars
HeavenWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsGood Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs Currently ReadingRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsRust Belt FemmeWant to ReadRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars

The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer – 2019

The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer from List of lists

Here are some books that didn’t make it all the way to be posted last summer.  I haven’t heard of most of them, but maybe I’ll get to them someday.

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora (June 11)

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (June 18)

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers (June 18)

The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg (June 25)
Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe (July 9)
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day (July 9)

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal by E. Jean Carroll (July 16)

Coventry: Essays by Rachel Cusk (August 20)

Doxology by Nell Zink (August 27)

Modern Classics

Modern classics

The above linked article is an older article, but I was looking for suggestions for Modern Classics bookclub. All of these books are newer than 1950, but are older than 20 years old. I have read some of them, and I want to read some of them. I got a few suggestions for what to request for Modern Classic bookclub, which was my goal.

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin (1953)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953)

Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns (1954)

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (1955)

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)

The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1956)

Night by Elie Wiesel (1956)

Palace Walk by Naguib Mafouz (1956)

The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (1957)

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy (1957)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: (1961)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961)

Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker (1962)

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (1962)

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963)

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)

Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar (1963)

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima (1963)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré (1963)

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe (1964)

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe (1964)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley (1965)

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1965)

Stoner by John Williams (1965)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966)

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1966)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter (1967)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (1968)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (1968)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969)

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1970)

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (1971)

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (1972)

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972)

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James (1972)

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1973)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974)

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (1976)

Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal (1976)

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lespector (1977)

The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch (1978)

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (1979)

Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (1979)

Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai (1980)

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1980)

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard: (1980)

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)

So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (1981)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (1981)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1982):

Look at Me by Anita Brookner (1983)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1983)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (1984)

The Lover by Marguerite Duras (1984)

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1984)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (1984)

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)

Anagrams by Lorrie Moore (1986)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa (1987)

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (1988)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (1990)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (1990)

Possession by A. S. Byatt (1990)

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (1991)

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (1992)

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson (1992)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (1993)

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1993)

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (1994)

Blindness by José Saramago (1995)

The Rings of Saturn by W. G Sebald (1995)

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus (1997)

Underworld by Don Delillo (1997)

LGBT Books for Pride Month

LGBT books for Pride Month

The above linked article tells about books for Pride Month. I have only read one of these so far, but a few of the rest of the list have been on my TBR for a while. I should get to them, especially since I own quite a few.

Giovanni’s Room

Maurice: A Novel

Rubyfruit Jungle: A Novel

Middlesex

The Color Purple

The Price of Salt

The Gods of Tango

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

Tales of the City: A Novel

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

You’ll Grow Out of It

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

City of Night

Under the Udala Trees

The Hours: A Novel

Ash

Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

When Katie Met Cassidy

On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel

AGE 26 “Americanah” BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

PBS The Great American Read

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because this book showed up on the PBS Great American Read list, I wanted to read it for a while. It popped up for bookclub, so I made an effort to read it. I didn’t manage to get it read in time for bookclub, but I had read enough to know that I wanted to finish it.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was just longer than I thought it was. The book never dragged. It was a great story and brought up some difficult topics that made me think.

I recommend the book, but it’s not a book that is meant to be read in one sitting. It requires time to digest the thoughts in the book. Read a little, put it down, and think about what its meaning is.

The book also showed up on the 100 books to read by ages list. I do think that the age of 26 was a little young for the recommended age of this book. There’s quite a bit that might be missed by a younger person who hasn’t been through some of the situations yet.

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