Aug 31, 2009

In honor of the end of summer

I found this list on So Many Books, So Little Time, of NPR's 100 best summer reads. The ones in bold are the ones I've read.

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (see my review)
  12. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  13. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  16. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  17. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  18. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  20. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  21. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  22. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  23. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  24. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  25. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  26. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  27. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  28. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  29. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  30. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (see my review)
  31. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  32. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  33. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  34. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gariel Garcia Marquez
  36. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  37. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  38. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  39. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  41. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  42. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  43. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  44. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  45. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  46. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  48. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  49. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  50. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  51. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  52. The Stand by Stephen King
  53. She's Come Undone by Wall Lamb
  54. Dune by Frank Herbert
  55. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  56. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Farcia Marquez
  57. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  58. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  59. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  60. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  61. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  62. Jaws by Peter Benchley
  63. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  64. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  65. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  66. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  67. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  68. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  69. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  71. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  72. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  73. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  74. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  75. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  76. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  77. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  78. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  79. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  80. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  81. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  82. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
  83. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  84. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  85. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  86. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  87. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  88. Shogun by James Clavell
  89. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  90. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  91. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  92. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  93. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  94. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  95. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
  96. The Shining by Stephen King
  97. How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
  98. Lamb by Christopher Moore
  99. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
  100. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
What do you think of this list? Is there anything you absolutely love to read during the summer that's missing? Anything you think shouldn't be on here? I really haven't read that many on this list - what about you all?

(Photo: Rebecca Miller via ffffound)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'll have to go through & see what I have/haven't read. It's kind of a random assortment. Best summer read to me means something light & easy to pick up. But that's because I associate summer w/ vacation (even though I never really vacation in the summer anymore).

You have to read "The Pilot's Wife"!!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ok, I went back and counted. I've read 24. not bad, not great either.

And seriously, I can't believe "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is on there. That is quite possibly the WORST book I have ever read. I guess I just don't enjoy his style of writing or something...

Becky said...

You've read way more than I have! :)

Nicole said...

There are some really great books on that list. I think everyone should read Water for Elephants. It's an amazing story, even if you don't like the circus.

Becky said...

Nicole - that's definitely on my "to read" list - thanks for the extra recommendation! (Maybe I'll bump it up to one of the next five books I'm going to read).

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