Impulsive Challenge Accepted

The BookmarkI don’t know if you all remember but I use to be involved with the Real Readers Book Club. It actually was my book club but I had to let it go. Women, scheduled and synchronized scheduling do not work well together. Books are something like my BFF right next to music. So, the other day I went to Barnes & Nobles just to see what might interest me. Being the one that always jots down the title of a piece of literature. I had a few titles in my notebook to check out. I found a few things that interested me but it wasn’t the haul I expected.

On my way to the register, I looked at the many impulse items they have in the aisle.  Now, any book lover has a collection of bookmarks.  We buy them almost every time we get a new book, see a stack of them free ones they offer at the library and let’s not forget our trusty handcrafted version made out of almost anything.  However, I looked at the carousel of bookmarks.  I like one that has a cute picture or inspirational quote etched into the material.  As I looked at the selection this 7″ x 1 1/2″ metal page holder caught my eye.  It was different.  The title across the top read “50 books to read before you die.” Really!!  Now, I’ve read more than 50 books in my 33 years on this Earth.  So, I know I’ve had to have read a majority of these books because I read everything.  I picked it up noticing that it wasn’t in any specific order because the best selling book of all time was mashed in the lower portion of the list.  With a need to be at work within the next 30 mins I grabbed it and decided to check, how many of the books listed had I read.

As I checked over the titles I realized out of all the books I had read I hadn’t put a dent in this list.  Out of all the titles on this piece of metal I had only read 6 titles.  More than shocked, I was ashamed.  So, I accepted the challenge! I love to read and there are some real classics here.  Classics, unexpected and obvious titles were all sandwich on this little insignificant page holder.  This list may not match up with any other list of great books.  Hell, I’ve read a few great books that aren’t here.  That doesn’t make them any less great.  Here is the list exactly how they have it pressed into the metal.  The stories that I have read are the ones highlighted in the pink font.

  • The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinback
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • A Bend In The River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Bible by Various
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Money by Martin Amis
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Winds in the Willows by Kenneth Grahams
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessy
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante

I’m open to exploring new titles.  Those two series included in the required reading that have been produced as major motion pictures.  Might get the old movie review.  There are two titles that I read in high school but that was 15 years ago I might read them again.  Literacy is essential to the strength of the brain.  If there are any titles that you feel I should read 1st, let me know.  As always 🙂 it might help someone else more than yourself.

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