Friday, May 23, 2008

Weekend Chatterbox: 20 Must Reads Before You Fly MEME

Since the New York Times has this fantabulous article, "Volumes To Go Before I Die" inspired by the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I thought it would be fun to open this weekend's chatterbox to the blog literati.Do you agree with the list? And, What are the 20 Must Reads everyone should read before you fly away. :) I think our recommendations will also reflect our nationality, faith, ethnicity and personal reflections. A few books that come to mind for me are books that helped me to define who I am. I welcome your list. You can post them here in comments or post them on your blog and link them here. In fact, I want to go a step further and make this a Meme. I'm tagging Rhonda McKnight
and anyone who reads this blog and is avid reader.

My Recommendations(in no rank or aesthetic value:)

  1. Alice Walker's A Color Purple
  2. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
  3. Plato's Republic
  4. John Milton Paradise Lost
  5. Thomas Hardy Tess of the d'Ubbervilles
  6. Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  7. Alexandre Dumas's Count of Monte Christo
  8. Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy
  9. Francis Ellen Harper's Iola Leroy
  10. The Autobiography of Malcom X
  11. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
  12. The Holy Bible
  13. Philip Roth's The Human Stain
  14. Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees
  15. Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club
  16. Walter Mosley's A Devil in a Blue Dress
  17. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  18. Terry McMillan's Disappearing Acts
  19. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead
  20. Leif Enger's Peace Like a River
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2 comments:

ifemme said...

Hey Dee, you picked some good ones. My favorite to read from your list are:

Austen's Pride & Prejudice

Alexandre Dumas's Count of Monte Christo

The Autobiography of Malcom X

The Secret Life of Bees

Harry Potter and the Half Blood

... great reads!

Dee S. said...

Thanks. Can't ait to see what you recommend.

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