Thursday, October 8, 2009

Books to Read Challenge 2010

Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea is hosting this challenge to "read the best books first." Like my son says, I don't want to die in 2010. Most people will probably read classics that ehy never got to, or books that have been on their TBR list for way too long.

I read a lot of books for my job, for my students and for my sanity, but many of them are blogged about, then forgotten as one story blends into another. But I would like to spend some time in 2010 revisiting the books that continue to follow me. The ones that haunt me are the ones I'd like to read first, and last, so these are the books with lines or characters that continue to speak to me, or encourage me, make me laugh, or make me cry, even after all these years.

1. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
3. King Lear by Shakespeare
4. Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Beloved by Toni Morrison
7. Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
10. Pouliuli by Albert Wendt

If you are interested in this challenge, go to Diane's blog (link above or on the picture).

What would you read first?


Diane said...

Cathy ...thanks for signing up for this challenge.

You've picked some wonderful books. I especially loved The great Gatsby, and The Joy Luck Club from your list, and need to read Things Fall Apart. Good luck, but more important...stay healthy and enjoy your books :)

Dana said...

You picked a great list. I've read and enjoyed Things Fall Apart, Beloved, Joy Luck Club, The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were watching God.


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