Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If You're As Sick As I Am Of This Weather...

I think I can pretty much speak for everyone that Winter can leave now.  The wind howled all last night and the only reason it wasn't a blizzard was because (thankfully???) we had an inch of ice on top of the snow.

So I thought now might be a good time to do some reading.  I normally read biographies with art how-to books and the occasional "chick lit" sprinkled in.  But over the years I've read some "classics" so a) I can feel sorta "well-read" and b) because I sub-taught in many, many English classes and thought I should read what the kids were reading.  I'm ashamed to say that if the subject matter was particularly dark, I likely didn't read it.  I don't like dark movies either, though I know they often have important messages.  (Author's note:  some of these aren't necessarily "classics" but were enjoyable reads.)

I've comprised a list in no particular order and surely I've missed some.  If titles (well, probably most) have movie versions and if I liked the movie better/didn't read the book, it's not on this list.  Perhaps they will appear on a movie list someday.  I would like to challenge you to even read one of these soon!  I have several more I plan to do as well.

Death of a President- William Manchester

Watership Down- Richard Adams

The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

The Good Earth- Pearl S. Buck

The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway

Girl With A Pearl Earring- Tracy Chevalier

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

The Bible (of course, the best book of all, even if you were just reading it as literature)

House of the Scorpion- Nancy Farmer

The Screwtape Letters- C. S. Lewis

The James Herriott Animal Story Collection

Clan of the Cave Bear Series- Jean Auel

Call of the Wild- Jack London

Moby Dick- Herman Melville

Uncle Tom's Cabin- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Twilight Series- Stephenie Meyer

Series of Unfortunate Events Collection- Lemony Snicket

Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling

Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom

Hunger Games Trilogy- Suzanne Collins

The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd

Their Eyes Were Watching God-  Zora Neal Hurston

War and Peace-  Leo Tolstoy  (abridged version only-the regular one will drive you crazy with several names per character!)

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

A Tale of Two Cities-  Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Copper Sun- Sharon M. Draper

Well, I hope this inspires you to get reading!  Unfortunately, Winter isn't over yet!

Until next time,


Audra Thompson said...

The twilight series....? Ok mom.

The Darby Creek Diaries said...

You are right. This isn't actually a "classic" but I enjoyed reading the books much more than the movies.

Sunray Gardens said...

I love to read and in Winter do a lot more than other times.
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