My List of Literature for a Lifetime

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

I promised to share part or all of my lifetime reading list with you for the September Reading Challenge and challenged you to make a list of five to ten books for your lifetime pursuit reading list and begin reading one this month. My list comes from my high school AP English teacher, Terry Cannon, and I’ve been reading from it for more than 18 years. Today, I share 15 favorites from the list that I’ve already read and those I want to read soon.

15 of My Favorites That I’ve Read From the List:

  1. Bible
  2. Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
  3. Dumas, Alexandre – The Count of Monte Cristo
  4. Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
  5. Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables
  6. Hardy, Thomas – The Mayor of Casterbridge
  7. Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
  8. Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
  9. Pasternak, Boris – Dr. Zhivago
  10. Rand, Ayn – The Fountainhead
  11. Cather, Willa – Song of The Lark and O Pioneers! and other books
  12. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone With the Wind
  13. Wharton, Edith -The Age of Innocence and other books
  14. Wilder, Thorton – The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  15. Wouk, Herman – The Caine Mutiny

10 Selections from the List That I Want to Read:

  1. William Shakespeare – plays and sonnets
  2. Cervantes, Saavedra – Don Quixote
  3. Forster, E.M. – A Passage to India
  4. Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
  5. Mann, Thomas – Death in Venice
  6. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
  7. Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
  8. Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac
  9. Irving, Washington – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  10. Warren, Robert Penn – All the King’s Men

Here’s two others who took the challenge and made lists of their own. Thanks for participating!

Rebecca at Thrilled by the Thought

Rachel at Idaho Cheneys

For participating, I am sending each of them the entire list by email. Do you want my whole list, too? Write your own post on your website or leave a comment here with the five to ten books on YOUR lifetime pursuit reading list.

I participated in an online book club at Marathon Bird for several months this year.  I loved her selections because they stretched me to discover literature beyond my usual choices. I was sad to see that very few continued to participate, but I know Holly is still reading all the time. I am inspired by a list of her own. My sister was a high school English teacher who also has a list of books to read. She’s just had a new baby—congratulations—and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on that cute new baby boy and her list as soon as they are up and around.

I am considering starting an online book club, myself, with selections from all of these lists. The Try-It-With-Me Tuesday Book Club would replace my monthly reading challenge. Do I have any takers that would Try It With Me?

I would announce the book on the first Tuesday of the Month and review it on the last Tuesday of the Month. Then, all those who read it with me could write their own reviews on their websites, and I would publish the links so we could see what each other are saying. If you don’t have a website of your own, you could just leave your comments.

What do you think?

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.


  1. ph
    Sep 30, 2008

    This short doesn’t include all of the books you’ve read from your list, does it?

  2. TJ
    Sep 30, 2008

    Sorry, Maybe that is confusing. I have read many, many books from the list. The first list are some of my favorites from those I’ve read. The second list are just a few of the ones from the list that I hope to read soon. Both are partial lists.

  3. Michelle at Scribbit
    Sep 30, 2008

    Oh every time I visit you I’m more and more certain we should be next door neighbors. I love so many you’ve listed–and you’ve got to read Forster, every one of his are wonderful–though I haven’t read his most recent posthumous work. Can’t remember what it’s called, I just remember it’s about a young man and his sexual orientation at school. Not quite Howard’s End.

  4. Rachel
    Sep 30, 2008

    I would love to try it with you! I need to read more. I used to read A TON when I was a teenager. And then some in college, but now for some reason, I don’t. It’s not that I don’t have time. Maybe it’s the internet’s fault. Darn internet!

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