Yours Truly, A Bookworm

One of the downsides of having a job is that all your spare time seems to evaporate. The luxury of the housewife lifestyle to which I had grown accustomed includes plenty of time for napping, reading, walking, blogging and reading. I mentioned reading twice because that’s how much I LOVE to read. I’ve loved it since I learned how to do it, which I don’t exactly remember, and I’ve often stood in a bookstore or a library (don’t you LOVE the smell in a library!?) and marvelled at the sheer number of books there are to be read. How disappointing to realize I’ll never even make it through a fraction of what I could know! I spent our time in Europe getting through as much of that fraction as I could, reading 100’s of books, some two or three times.

I’ve inherited a love of reading from both my parents. Even my sister, who we initially thought had been passed over by the gene, can’t get enough of a good book. From The Giving Tree to A Wrinkle In Time to To Kill A Mockingbird to endless college textbooks and the rediscovered joy-of-reading that comes after college graduation, I’ve always had a literary obsession. Starting a new job reminds me of how hard it can be to find the luxiouriously long hours curled up reading that make life worthwhile.

My friend Abby reminded me of that when I read her blog this morning. As a new mom, she too understand the way reading-time can be oh so easily replaced. And as a friend she a wonderful partner with whom I can discuss any book. So she’s made a list based on the recommendations of a group of ladies that we belong to. And she vows to read each of these books. And now, thanks to her inspiration, so do I. In the next twelve months I plan to exhaust the list of must-reads that our group decided on. Those I’ve already read are in bold.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
Outrageous Acts & Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Night by Elie Wiesel
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (but I’ll read it again, and so should you.)
Shake Hands with the Devil by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Thanks, Suze!)

If anyone has any essentials they care to add (Nell, I know you do!) please tell me and I’ll edit the list!

6 thoughts on “Yours Truly, A Bookworm

  1. I’m going to steal your list and get through some of these on my honeymoon. But as a parting gift, I give you: We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Genius book.

  2. Lane, I like your list, condensed down with a sampling from many genres…It's a the reading list made from concentrate, just add a comfy couch, blanket and a lamp. I would probably only add "Tuesday with Morrie" for the fact that it's a Michigan Author and it's a cultural reference point now 🙂 Be Warned: A Child Called It is the single most disturbing story. I read it under peer pressure (damn it, when will we learn!)& proceeded to throw up, cry into hysteria, and suffer nightmares for days. miss you,nell

  3. oh, I almost forgot, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, in honor of National Banned Book week and because it is a great book. Have you read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy? I’m thinking of tackling it?nell

  4. I have read Anna Karenina…remember that summer I lived in Canada? I had to pass the nights somehow! You will enjoy it to be sure!

  5. I agree with Suze. We need to talk about Kevin is so good. Disturbing but good.I just re-read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I loved it even more this time around.

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