Hey guys! So I’m definitely not shutting up about this Great American Read thing because I think it’s so incredibly awesome. (My local Barnes and Noble has fully embraced it as well.) I bought a number of these books just last week and I’m so very excited to start reading some of them! Feel free to share your thoughts on these books, and also any other recommendations you have from the list! I’ve only read 25/100!
Top Ten Books I Want to Read from The Great American Read
1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Let me be the first to say that I am not a classics person. I tend to think they move incredibly slow, though there are some I really enjoy. And I have a feeling the humor/satire in this one is going to make this one that I like. There’s supposed to be social commentary in each of the stories of the travel stories. I love humor like that.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
No, I have not read this. But I’ve seen the movie and a play version of it, so I think it’s time I finally see what all the fuss is about.
3. The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I’m a little worried I’m about to sell my soul to this series once I start it. And I’m equally worried that I’m going to end up hating this from the very beginning. (I hated the first episode of the show, so…)
4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Apparently this is just absolutely hysterical, which further impresses upon me the need to read this. It’s set in Italy in WWII, which is where and when my grandfather (who recently passed) was stationed. In a way, I’m hoping this makes me feel a little closer to him.
5. The Shack by William Paul Young
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not particularly religious. (My issue is with the organization part of organized religion, not religion itself.) When I saw this movie, it was like a sucker-punch to the gut. It seems like it’s the kind of book I need to read during a particularly hard time to feel better.
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
No, I have not read this one either. My friend bought it for me like 4-5 years ago in this lovely old-fashioned binding and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. This summer, it’s probably time I try it out.
7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I had heard of this before, but I had never really known what it was about. It’s supposed to be like a Latino (I’m not sure if it’s Central or South American…) dramedy about an officer. They read the first lines of it on the PBS show and I’m hooked. You guys know how I am with first lines.
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
And we’re back to social commentary that I love so much. I’ve always vaguely known what this book was about and it had my interest, but never enough that I’d actually read it. And now I own it, so…yeah, it’ll be 5 years before I finally read it. 🙂
9. The Stand by Stephen King
This was one Stephen King book I had never heard of. (Truly, I thought The Shining would’ve been his book on this list.) It sounds like it’s a post-plague apocalypse story, and I can definitely get behind that. I figured it would be worth a try this summer, to break up the classics.
10. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
During my long hiatus from blogging, I gorged myself on medieval/Dark Ages English history (and Colonial American history, but that’s neither here nor there). I absolutely love that period of history, especially relating to the monarchy. The fact that this book is supposed to be some kind of historical fiction about the building of a medieval cathedral (I believe?), yeah. I’m so in.