I’ve been getting a few hits on my blog archive so I decided to reread some of those old entries to see why people were so interested [side note, I had quite the vulgar mouth back then, I almost couldn’t believe it… and it hasn’t even been that long since I stopped writing on NicBlot. I was also super self-involved and very mean, but I guess that comes with the territory of being a teenager].

I came across a book survey I had done on 22 May 2006. Reading it over, I realized there were still many books on the list that I had not yet read, but some that I had. So here we go, book worm revisited—

Instructions: Bold the ones you’ve read. (The books in red are the new books I’ve read since 2006. I also placed an asterisk [*] next to my favorites.)

  1. Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood *
  4. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  5. Waiting For Godot, by Samuel Beckett
  6. Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury *
  7. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  8. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  9. The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino
  10. The Stranger, by Albert Camus *
  11. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote
  12. Cool Salsa, ed Lori M. Carlson
  13. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  14. The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekov
  15. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  16. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  17. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
  18. The Inferno, by Dante
  19. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  20. Poems, by Emily Dickinson i adore her
  21. Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow
  22. Crime and Punishment, by Fydor Doestoevsky
  23. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  24. The Beet Queen, by Louise Erdrich
  25. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  26. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  28. Grendel, by John Gardner
  29. Unsettling America, ed Maria Mazziotti Gillian and Jennifer Gillian
  30. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  31. Mythology, by Edith Hamilton
  32. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
  33. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy
  34. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  35. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  36. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  37. The Holy Bible
  38. The Odyssey, by Homer *
  39. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  40. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  41. A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
  42. Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco
  43. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
  44. Daisy Miller, by Henry James
  45. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
  46. The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
  47. The Liars’ Club, by Mary Karr
  48. Schindler’s List, by Thomas Keneally
  49. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  50. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  51. Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid
  52. The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosinski *
  53. Angels in America, by Tony Kushner
  54. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  55. Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt
  56. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
  57. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Garbriel Garcia Marquez Started this last November but unfortunately haven’t had the time to finish it. It’s a great book.
  58. In Country, by Bobbi Ann Mason
  59. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller *
  60. In Search of Color Everywhere, ed E. Ethelbert Miller
  61. Beloved, by Toni Morrison *
  62. Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry, ed Duane Niatum
  63. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  64. The Complete Stories, by Flannery O’Connor
  65. Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill
  66. 1984, by George Orwell I can’t believe I still haven’t read this.
  67. Metamorphoses, by Ovid
  68. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  69. Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe
  70. Hunger of Memory, by Richard Rodriguez
  71. Earth Shattering Poems, ed. Liz Rosenberg
  72. The Ghost Writer, by Philip Roth
  73. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger again … i need to read this book
  74. No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre
  75. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
  76. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
  77. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
  78. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare
  79. Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
  80. 100 Best-Loved Poems, ed Phillip Smith
  81. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, by Art Spiegelman *
  82. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  83. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  84. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard
  85. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
  86. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
  87. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  88. Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  89. Candide, by Voltaire
  90. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
  91. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  92. The Double Helix, by James D. Watson
  93. Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
  94. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
  95. The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
  96. Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
  97. The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
  98. This Boy’s Life: A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff
  99. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  100. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  101. The Autobiograpy of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X with Alex Haley

Here are a few other books I’ve read that have always stood out in my mind—

  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • Three to See the King, by Magnus Mills
  • Sula, by Toni Morrison
  • The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  • On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
  • Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

It’s been so long since I’ve read some of these books that I can barely remember some of the story lines. I’d really like to get back to reading a book a week (or at least every 2 weeks). I miss being that girl who always has her nose in a book. Life is so much fun when a story is playing in my head.

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