In December of 2009 I made a list of 50 books I want to read before I have kids. Two years later, I’ve read a whopping 15. However, I’ve already read two books in 2012, so I’m confident that this will be the year I really make reading a priority and make it to 25.

I’ve shared my list with you below. I’ve broken it up into books I’ve already read (some of them have links to book reviews I’ve written), books I absolutely must read and books that I’d be willing to replace if someone made a compelling argument as to why a different book was better. Based on me and Joe’s five year plan, I have at least three years to get through the list. Please share your thoughts on this list, tell me if you have a list of your own, and stay tuned for book reviews as I finish each one. Also, find me on GoodReads (search “Brianna Alexander”) so we can chat about bookish things.

Look Ma, I can read!

  1. East of Eden
  2. Peter Pan
  3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  4. Of Mice and Men
  5. The Soloist
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  7. Cry, the Beloved Country
  8. Walk Two Moons
  9. Interpreter of Maladies
  10. Life of Pi
  11. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  12. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  13. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  14. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  15. The Hunger Games

You can’t stop me!

  1. Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis
  2. Screwtape Letters by Lewis
  3. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  5. Wicked by Gregory MaGuire
  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
  7. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  10. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  11. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  12. Mis Pettigrew Lives for  Day by Winifred Watson
  13. The Catcher in the Reye by JD Salinger
  14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  15. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  16. Last of the MOhicans by James Finimoore Cooper
  17. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  18. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

I’m open to suggestions

  1. This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Olive Kitteridge
  3. The Wind in the Willows
  4. Playing the Enemy
  5. They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
  6. The Man in the Brown Suite by Agatha Christie
  7. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by D. Adams
  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  9. Saturday by Ian McEwan
  10. The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Eugenides
  11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  12. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  13. Thier Eyes were Watching God by Zora Hurston
  14. The Thinking Reed by Rebecca West
  15. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  16. Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolfe
  17. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

9 responses »

  1. I’m slogging my way through the “1,001 Books to Read Before You Die” list and reviewing each one as I go. I just read The Graduate, #45 on your list. I liked it! Anyway, I’ve written reviews on quite a few of the ones you have listed here, and I’d be curious what you thought of any of them you’ve read so far.

    • I love your blog! I read and commented on your reviews for The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and Life of Pi. Based on those reviews, we seem to have similar literary tastes and opinions. I’m publishing a review on Life of Pi tomorrow, you should check it out.

      I cannot say how much I admire you for attempting to get through 1,001 books! I’m sure you’ll be able to do it. I look forward to continuously reading your blog and sharing literary insights. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Thanks! I’ll definitely be checking out your review of Pi tomorrow. I liked that one quite a bit.

        I hope I get through the list as well! Based on my current progress, it’s going to take me another 26 years to finish them all. Sometimes I feel like I’m making good progress, and sometimes I feel pretty daunted by the whole thing. Regardless, my literary “education” is getting pretty round!

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  4. This is such a great idea. I read all the time, but I don’t have a formal list. I highly recommend The Hunger Games series. It’s SO good, especially the first book in the series. Brave New World is something I also highly recommend. It puts a different perspective on life, and sometimes makes you wish, “damn, I could really use some soma right now.” (you’ll understand when you read the book) The Jungle is gruesome. I had to read it for my AP English class junior year, and it’s just disgusting, but it’s a really good book and is the reason we have the FDA and related organizations. I hope you succeed on your journey, and good luck!


    • Thanks for the comment Waldy! Ive had so many people recommend the Hunger Games that I definitely need to add it to the list! I recently found an iPhone audio book app that has alot of the books on my list available for free download. I’m super excited about it, you may want to check it out yourself. Great for long commutes or during exercise

  5. Hi! I highly recommend checking out the FREE audio books through OC Public Library – that’s how I was able to read the first two Hunger Games and many more books. I’m so busy with all my kids that I don’t have the luxury of sitting down with a book – but with an audio, you can multi task. 🙂

    By the way – great list!

    • Thanks for the tip, Lindy. Do you check them out on C.D. or MP3? I’ve known that the library rents audio books but never looked into very much, but its such a good idea. The library has so many free resources that people don’t know about. Thanks for spreading the knowledge!

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