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50 Books I Want to Read

 
There’s the World Library’s list of the 100 Best Books of All Time.  There are many inventories of popular books each year.  There are winners of prizes large and small.  There are recommendations from friends and teachers.  There are book reviews.  I am forever feeling that I haven’t read enough, that I want to read more. Yet when it comes time to settle in with a new book, I sometimes can’t find anything I want to read.  So, this is a list for myself, and for you if you’re interested, of book recommendations.  Essentially, this is a list of 50 books that I want to read. 
 
There are many books on this list that I’ve started and not yet finished, as well as books that I’ve heard mentioned many times but that I’ve never actually held.  Many of these books are literary fiction, including classics that I timidly admit I haven’t read.  Others are popular, genre- or YA-literature that’s piqued my interest.  It’s all mixed together here, in alphabetical order by author’s last name.
 
In compiling this list—which I know will continue to grow and change—I’ve been delighted to be reminded that there are so many good books in the world.  I—we—will never run out of quality literature to be read.  I hope you enjoy this list.  Happy summer reading!
 
(in alphabetical order, by author’s last name)
 
1. Gryphon
Charles Baxter
 
2. An Invisible Sign of My Own
Aimee Bender
 
3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Carol Rifka Brunt
 
4. The Address Book
Sophie Calle
 
5. Waiting for the Barbarians
J.M. Coetzee
 
6. One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
By Lucy Corin
 
7. White Noise
Don DeLillo
 
8. Don Quixote
Miguel De Cervantes
 
9. The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
 
10. I Sailed With Magellan
Stuart Dybek
 
11. Light in August
William Faulkner
 
12. Rock Springs
Richard Ford
 
13. A Room With a View
E.M. Forster
 
14. Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
 
15. The Corrections 
Jonathan Franzen
 
16. I See You Everywhere
Julia Glass
 
17. Lord of Misrule
Jaimy Gordon
 
18. The Complete Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway
 
19. Unbroken 
Laura Hillenbrand
 
20. The Orphan Master’s Son
By Adam Johnson
 
21. Jesus’ Son
Denis Johnson
 
22. Eat and Run
Scott Jurek
 
23. Man Walks Into a Room
Nicole Krauss
 
24. Imperfect Birds
Anne Lamott
 
25. The Rainbow 
D.H. Lawrence
 
26. Let the Great World Spin
Colum McCann
 
27. The Giant’s House: A Romance
Elizabeth McCracken
 
28. The Paris Wife
Paula McLain
 
29.  Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
 
30. Self-Help
Lorrie Moore
 
31. Jazz 
Toni Morrison
 
32. Bear Down, Bear North
Melinda Moustakis
 
33. Dear Life
Alice Munro
 
34. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami
 
35. The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien
 
36. The Complete Stories
Flannery O’Connor
 
37. "Brokeback Mountain" 
Annie Proulx
 
38. The Cost of Living
Rob Roberge
 
39. Gilead
Marilynne Robinson
 
40. Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell
 
41. Tenth of December
George Saunders
 
42. The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe
 
43. Running and Being
George Sheehan
 
44. Mary Coin
Marisa Silver
 
45. My Hollywood
Mona Simpson
 
46. On Beauty
Zadie Smith
 
47. Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
 
48. The House of Mirth
Edith Wharton
 
49. Evidence of Things Unseen
Marianne Wiggins
 
50. Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf