I will be updating this list and crossing out books as I read them. Perhaps I will even post my thoughts on the various titles as they are completed.
1. Jane Eyre: by Charlotte Bronte I rather like this one! Two thumbs up! And the A&E movie is great too.
2. The Portrait of Dorian Grey: by Oscar Wilde
3. The Awakening: by Kate Chopin Yuck! officially horrid… I read it, though. Affairs and suicide- what cheery crapola.
4. Heart of Darkness: by Joseph Conrad
5. Things Fall Apart: by Chinua Achebe
6. Walden: by Henry David Thoreau
Pride and Prejudice: by Jane Austen Ugh.
8. A Room of One’s Own: by Virginia Woolf
9. To Have and Have Not: by Ernest Hemingway Violent, depressing, and he switches narrators constantly! If it was made into a movie again, the main character should be played by Sean Connery.
10. Republic by Plato
11. The Man Who Laughed by Victor Hugo
12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
13. The Shack by William Young A very interesting book. My official overall opinion of the book is not yet settled. I have issues with some of the theological components, but at the same time, the message of God’s love is quite profound.
14. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Read. About what I expected: a uncool middle-schooler’s survival.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
16. Cracker! by Cynthia Kadohata
17. Schooled by Gordon Korman
18. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban A lovely little story about overcoming fear, stepping out of comfort zones, what really matters in life, and how our dreams may not turn out according to plan, but that’s not always a bad thing.
19. Blue Lipstick by John Grandits Absolutely delightful! A little young for me (about a highschool age girl.) The format is fun! All poetry in different shapes and such.
20. No Talking by Andrew Clements Strange, but a neat snapshot of non-verbal communication.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
22. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
23. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
24. Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar
25. Knucklehead. by Jon Scieszka
26. Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor
27. Mogo, the Third Warthog by Donna Jo Napoli Suprisingly delightful! By the end I was in love with a sweet baboon and a rebel warthog.
28. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix Excellent book! But not good to read late at night while trying to fall asleep. I didn’t expect a sci-fi/mystery/thriller… but it was a pleasant surprise! I can’t wait for book two!
29. Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell This one deserves a wow. What a stunning sensitive, yet real picture of the Vietnam War.
30. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
32. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
33. Swimming in the Sea of Talmud by Michael Katz & Gershon Schwartz
34. The Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People by Max I. Dimon
35. ON JUDAISM by Emanuel Feldman
36. TO BE A JEWISH WOMAN by Lisa Aiken
37. TRIUMPH OF SURVIVAL by Berel Wein
38. The Dark Side of Islam by R. C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb