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Subject: 100+ Books I Should Read
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 2:27 PM ET
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I'm compiling a list of 100 books that PBS members think I should read before I perish. Care to give me your suggestions? (Either post it here or PM me.) Once I have 100, I'll post the entire list here for anyone else who is interested.

Thank you!

** I've edited the Subject line to read 100+ Books instead of just 100. Thanks for the great list! **


Okay, here's the compiled list! I hope I didn't duplicate any suggestions. If you see any errors, please let me know so I can correct it. :-) Thanks everyone!!

1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

2. Black Like Me - John Howard Griffen

3. The Silver Chalice - Thomas B. Costain

4. Wise Children - Angela Carter

5. Watership Down - Richard Adams

6. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank

7. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

8. 1984 - George Orwell

9. When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Harold Kushner

10. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

11. The Road Less Traveled - M. Scott Peck

12. Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher

13. Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner

14. Loving Frank - Nancy Horan

15. New Mercies - Sandra Dallas

16. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

17. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

18. Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty - Muhammad Yunus

19. Civil Disobedience - David Thoreau

20. Walden - Henry David Thoreau

21. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

22. The Crucible - Arthur Miller

23. Uncle Tom's Children - Richard Wright

24. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather

25. The Odyssey - Robert FAgels, Homer, and Bernard Knox

26. The Host - Stephenie Meyer

27. The Merlin Series - Mary Stewart

    (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day)

28. Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers

29. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

30. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

31. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok

32. The Gift of Asher Lev - Chaim Potok

33. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

34. East of Eden - John Steinbeck

35. Nine Stories - J.D. Sallinger

36. Story of my Life - Helen Keller and Candace Ward

37. Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy - Joseph P. Lash and Trude Lash

38. Little House on the Prairie Series - Laura Ingalls Wilder and Garth Williams

39. The Anne of Green Gables Series - L.M. Montgomery

40. The Bible

41. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

42. Memnoch the Devil - Anne Rice

43. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

44. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky

45. The Road - Cormac McCarthy

46. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

47. Still Alice - Lisa Genova

48. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

49. The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

50. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre dumas pere and Robin Buss

51. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

52. Power of One - Bryce Courtenary

53. A Gift from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

54. Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Suess

55. Dracula - Bram Stoker

56. Sunne in Splendor - Sharon Penman

57. The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. DuBois

58. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

59. Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

60. The Divine Comedies - Dante

61. Les Miserables (Les Mis) - Victor Hugo

62. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

63. Any book written by Jasper Fforde

64. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

65. King Lear - Shakespeare

66. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

67. The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

68. The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara

69. John Adams - David McCullough

70. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

71. Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien

72. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

73. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

74. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

75. On the Origin of Species - Darwin

76. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

77. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

78. The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran

79. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

80. Perelandra (& other books in space trilogy) - C.S. Lewis

81. Alexander and Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst

82. The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf

83. The Little Prince - Antoine de Stain-Expury and Richard Howard

84. The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams

85. The Wednesday Letters - Jason F. Wright

86. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

87. The Inferno - Dante

88. Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

89. She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb

90. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass

91. Farewell to Manzanar - Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston, and James A. Houston

92. Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

93. Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

94. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

95. Johnny Tremain - Esther Forbes

96. The Nun's Story - Kathryn Hulme

97. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

98. Boy's Life - Robert McCammon

99. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates - Tom Robbins

100. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

101. The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

102. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

103. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

104. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

105. An Old-Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott

106. The Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Marie Pope

107. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri

108. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

109. Johnathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach

110. Desert Solitare - Edward Abbey

111. The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

112. The Pied Piper - Nevil Shute

113. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

114. Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres

115. The Bronze HOrseman - Pauline Simons

116. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

117. The Yellow Wallpaper (short story) - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

118. Deerskin - Robin McKinley

119. Izzy Willy-Nilly - Cynthia Voigt

120. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

121. The Giver - Lois Lowry

122. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky

123. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Garcia Marquez

124. Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Lunda - Allende

125. Sons and Lovers - Lawrence

126. My Antonia - Cather

127. Night - Wiesel

128. The House on Mango Street - Cisneros

129. Animal Dreams - Kingsolver

130. Dune - Herbert

131. Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein

132. The Gift of Fear - De Becker

133. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Diaz

134. Of Human Bondage - Maugham

135. Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck

136. The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway

137. Brave New World - Huxley

138. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

139. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

140. The Blue Society - A. Hopkins

141. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

142. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

143. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

144. God's Psychiatry - Charles L. Allen

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:14 PM ET
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I will probably have others to list on this thread, but I want to start with:


Black Like Me by John Howard Griffen

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:18 PM ET
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The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:23 PM ET
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Wise Children - Angela Carter

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:23 PM ET
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The Diary of Anne Frank

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:25 PM ET
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Wow this is hard.  One single book?  I love series.  I guess I'm gonna say:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:28 PM ET
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hmmmm . . . maybe 1984 by George Orwell?

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:35 PM ET
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People       by Harold Kushner

How To Win Friends and Influence People    by Dale Carnegie

The Road Less Traveled    by M. Scott Peck

Shell Seekers    by Rosamunde Pilcher

Angle of Repose    by Wallace Stegner

Loving Frank   by Nancy Horan

New Mercies     by Sandra Dallas



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"A Thousand Splendid Suns"  by  Khaled Hosseini

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:49 PM ET
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"Gone With The Wind"   by   Margaret Mitchell

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:52 PM ET
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Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
Author: Muhammad Yunus
ISBN-13: 9781586481988 - ISBN-10: 1586481983

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:58 PM ET
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Civil Disobedience and Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I added both books because they are usually packed together these days.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 4:09 PM ET
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with no context at all? OK.

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

cause everyone should read it!

The Crucible - Arthur Miller

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Uncle Tom's Children by Richard Wright  

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Death Comes For the Archbishop  by Willa Cather

The Oddessy By Homer

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The Host by Stephanie Meyers

Seriously..it's not Like Twilight. It  was very emotional for me to read. My copy is saved for my kids when they are older. And for me to reread. It's the only book on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 5:19 PM ET
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It's known as the Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart.

Similar to Harry Potter, in that it follows the life of Merlin, first as an ordinary boy - but not... Then growing into a man, to become known as the 'wizard" and "magician" to the young man, Arthur, who eventually becomes King Arthur. I often wonder if J.K. Rowling didn't get her inspiration for Harry from this classic trilogy.

Books in the Merlin Trilogy:

  1. The Crystal Cave 
  2. The Hollow Hills
  3. The Last Enchantment 
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 5:42 PM ET
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EveDallas...did you know she added a fourth book to her Merlin series?  "The Wicked Day" is the tale of Arthur's final battle, and the story of Mordred.  These are some of my absolute favorite books!

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and/or The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok and The Gift of Asher Lev

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Nine Stories By J.D. Sallinger

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Story of my Life by Helen Keller

Helen Keller and Teacher

Little House book series

Anne of Green Gables series

 The Bible (of course!)

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 10:30 PM ET
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ditto on the Little House series and on To Kill a Mockingbird

I'd add Rebecca to the list. 

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momnoch the devil--anne rice a very good book that will make you fall into love, and hate, will the darkside.



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Jane Eyre              Crime and Punishment

The Road              The Poisonwood Bible

Still Alice                A Thousand Splendid Suns

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