Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lusting for Literature | Summer Break Reads Courtesy of Book Lust 101

Compiled by Joyce Hansen, MLIS

Has your self-imposed ban on leisure reading finally been lifted now that summer's here? Give your weary, weary brain a rest with these suggestions, bibliophiles. Thanks to Nancy Pearl's Book Lust 101 class, winter quarter, for this list of some of their all-time favorite books and writers, and use the comments section to add your own treasured must reads.

  1. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  4. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
  5. Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
  6. The Bebb series (Lion Country, Open Heart, Love Feast, and Treasure Hunt) by Frederick Buechner
  7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  9. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  10. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  12. Murder inMesopotamiaby Agatha Christie
  13. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  14. The Girl I Left Behind by Shusaku Endo
  15. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  16. Independence Day by Richard Ford
  17. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  19. Naked in Baghdad by Ann Garrels
  20. Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht
  21. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  22. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  23. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  24. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  25. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel
  26. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  27. Biggest Elvis by P.F. Kluge
  28. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  29. The Girls by Lori Lansen
  30. Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle (YA)
  31. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  32. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  33. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  34. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  36. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  37. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  38. Never in a Hurry:Essays on People and Places by Naomi Shihab Nye
  39. The Artificial Kingdom: On the Kitsch Experience by Celeste Olalquiaga
  40. The Loved One by Catherine Palmer
  41. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  42. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  43. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  44. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  45. Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
  46. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
  47. Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man: a Study in Terror and Healing by Michael T Taussig
  48. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  49. Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  50. Night by Elie Wiesel
  51. I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolff
Anything by Walter Mosley
Anything by Alice Munro
Anything by Ruth Reichl
Anything by Nora Roberts
Anything by John Steinbeck
Anything by Anne Tyler
Anything by Eudora Welty
Anything by P.G. Wodehouse

Almost a book a week for a year here, iSchoolers. Lordy, I'm on cloud nine!

People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading. -- Logan Pearsall Smith

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