Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Shannon Reads "Those Books" Exploration


I started the Shannon Reads "Those Books" Exploration in May 2014. I was inspired to expand my reading horizons and comfort zone by diving into what I call "Those Books". They are those books that everyone seems to have read (or says they do), from classic books or zeitgeist books, books that are influential, books that are highly referenced, books that well loved and books whose themes appear again and again in pop culture.

I created the "Those Books" list from compiling the following 5 lists: Modern Library 100 Best Novels, The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians List, Book Riots Zero to Well Read List, 25 Classic Canadian Novels and BBC The Big Read.

Oddly, I'm not committing to a deadline or even to finish reading all of the books (It's 404 titles!). My goal here is to enjoy books, to expand my reading horizons, to understand literature better and hopefully understand the world better. If I had any goal-within-a-goal for this exploration, it would be to read all Canadian titles. I would also like to try at least one book by any author that has multiple books on the list. But this is about reading enjoyment, so I'm not going to get too strict. I want to enjoy the process and see where this journey takes me.

I am reviewing of all the books that I read from this list over on my YouTube channel, or click through the link on the title of the book below.

An Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain +
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle +
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll *
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Ambassadors by Henry James
American Pastoral by Philip Roth *
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison *
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery *
Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer *
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atlas Strugged by Ayn Rand
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver *
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
Beowulf by Anonymous
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers +
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming *
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl *
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Chesapeake by James Michener
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christy by Catherine Marshall
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel *
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett *
The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown +
A Dance to the Music of Time (Series) by Anthony Powell
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson +
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
Deliverance by James Dickey
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
The Double Hook by Sheila Watson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
Dune by Frank Herbert *
Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Emma by Jane Austen
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card *
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies *
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett +
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James *
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Finnegans Wake by James Jones
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews *
Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy *
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin *
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers +
George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Giants in the Earth / Verdens Grøde by Ole Edvart Rølvaag *
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson *
Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson +
Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson +
The Giver by Lois Lowry *
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The God of Small Things by Suzanna Arundhati Roy
The Godfather by Mario Puzo *
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
The Golden Dog by William Kirby
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing *
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine *
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Green Grass Running Water by Thomas King
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett +
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling *
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling +
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling +
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling +
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams *
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett +
Holes by Louis Sachar *
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle +
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins *
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I, Claudius by Robert Graves +
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
The Iliad by Homer
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
The Inferno by Dante *
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Ironweed by William Kennedy +
It by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer *
Katherine by Anya Seton aka Ann Seton Chase
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis *
The Little Prince / Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Loving by Henry Green
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton +
Magician by Raymond E. Feist *
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington +
The Magus by John Fowles
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons *
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian *
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett +
Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Misery by Stephen King
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley *
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Mort by Terry Pratchett +
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie +
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Native Son by Richard Wright
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett +
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman *
The Odyssey by Homer
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon *
The Outlander / Le Survenant by Germaine Guèvremont
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Papillon by Henri Charrière
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver +
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett *
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz +
Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Jones
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
A Prayer fof Owen Meany by John Irving
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot *
Rabbit, Run by John Updike *
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Ragtime by Emily Doctorow
The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence *
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett +
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier
River God by Wilbur Smith *
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor +
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Roughing It in the Bush: or Life in Canada by Susanna Moodie
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend *
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Shōgun by James Clavell +
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz +
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett +
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett +
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Stand by Stephen King
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz *
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson *
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon *
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome *
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust *
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Gospels
The Pentateuch
Their Eyes Were Watching by Zora Neale Hurston
They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett +
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe *
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Time and Again by Jack Finney *
The Tin Flute / Bonheur D’Occasion by Gabrielle Roy
Tisha by Robert Specht
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Truth by Terry Pratchett +
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Two Solitudes by Hugh Maclennan
U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos
Ulysses by James Jones
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell
Wide Sargasson Sea by Jean Rhys
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett +
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence +
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett +
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

* indicates first book in a series
+ indicates book is in a series, but is not the first book

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