Saturday, March 19, 2011

Books everyone should read (so they say)

I saw this "consensus cloud" on Iced Tea & Sarcasm and figured I would post it (click on image below to make larger). I underlined the books I remember reading. Clearly, based on this list, I have a lot of reading ahead of me. According to Information is Beautiful, the source of the "consensus cloud", the image is based on the most mentioned titles from various book polls and top 100 lists.
I can't help but add my two cents for books I would have liked to have seen included. I've focused on adding books from authors that appear to have been snubbed vs. listing a preferred book from an author who was mentioned. Here's a short list of books I would suggest adding.

Classics: Anything from Shakespeare, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Great Gatsby, Ivanhoe, Count of Monte Carlo (oops...) Cristo, Robinson Crusoe, Murder on the Orient Express

Modern Classics: Night, In Cold Blood, Cujo, The Godfather, Pillars of the Earth, The Bourne Identity

Gay: Tales of the City, The Men from the Boys, Giovanni's Room, Call Me By Your Name

I'm curious, what books you would have suggested adding to this list?


Alan Bennett Ilagan said...

I agree - how did 'The Great Gatsby' not make that list? The omission makes me doubt all the rest... Nice to see Dorian Gray included though! I'd also add 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire (a far cry from the musical).

truthspew said...

Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"

John Howard Griffin's "Black Like Me"

Robert Heinleins's "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Thomas Ryan's "The Adolescence of P-1"

Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" and "Life, the Universe and Everything."

They should also read some classics like Lysistrata, Beowulf, etc.

Buddy Bear said...

The list needs some Canadian content!! I would add some of Margaret Atwood's books: anything from "Handmaid's Tale" (1985) to "The Year of the Flood." (2009)

I love Mordecai Richler's work, including "Joshua Then and Now" and "Solomon Gursky was Here."

(p.s. thank you for your kind comments on my blog)

The Boston Foodie said...

MYSTERIOUS SKIN by Scott Heim, a Boston author. Great read.

Dor said...

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hoesseini is my favorite book of all time.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with all the books you've added... but are you sure you meant "The Count of Monte Carlo" and not rather "The Count of Monte Cristo"? Anyways, it's great to find that people are still reading books at all!!!

Greg said...

My 3 books:

Like People in History by Felice Picano (gay)

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jason Shaw said...

Catcher in the rye, I would have thought been there, perhaps.

I agree with truthspew "Restaurant at the End of the Universe"

Plus Id lop on a couple of Shakespears works.

Rick said...

Definitely agree...Tales of the City.

Nick said...

I can recommend The Swarm by Frank Schaetzing

Thom said...

"Gifts of the Body" by Rebecca Brown.

"Vital Signs" and "Loss Within Loss" (collections of essays regarding HIV/AIDS

"Close to the Knives" David Wojnarowicz

Also, "Watership Down" by Richard Adams, cause who doesn't love a story about bunnies? I mean, c'mon now...


WranglerMan said...

"War and Peace:" three times during your lifetime

"Great Expectations"

"A Prayer for Owen Meany"

"Letter to a Young Poet"

"Tender is The Night"


"Brideshead Revisited"