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We all love booklists – over at The Bookshop Blog, Nora O’Neill has posted a summer reading list, a compilation from various high schools in Connecticut.  I post here just the books listed – see the full post for her commentary on each title. [I was especially pleased to see my two favorite books on the list :  The Grapes of Wrath and Pride and Prejudice!] – there is hope in the land!

book cover grapes of wrath

  1. John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath  [“This is by far the runaway winner for reading assignments.  Big surprise with it being about the Great Depression. East of Eden and Of Mice and Men also made it onto the list this year.  Several years ago, the only Steinbeck to make it onto the lists was Travels With Charlie”]
  2. Ellison: Invisible Man
  3. Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  4. John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany 
  5. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice  [“Jane Austen seems to be a hot topic of late, spawning various modern… variations.  The most bizarre of these is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I did actually see on one reading list.”] 
  6. Friedman: The World is Flat
  7. Alvarez: In the Time of the Butterflies
  8. Larson: The Devil in the White City
  9. Martel: The Life of Pi
  10. Sinclair: The Jungle
  11. Picoult: My Sister’s Keeper
  12. Thomas Hardy: Jude the Obscure
  13. Albom: Tuesdays with Morie
  14. Gaines: A Lesson Before Dying
  15. Bill Bryson: A Walk in the Woods
  16. Baker: Growing Up
  17. Hosseini:  Kite Runner
  18. Angelou: “I Know why the Caged Bird sings”
  19. Wilder:  Our Town
  20. Rand:  Anthem, The Fountainhead, & Atlas Shrugged
  21. Golding:  Lord of the Flies
  22. Orwell:  1984
  23. Adams:   Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  24. Brown:  Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  25. Guterson:  Snow Falling on Cedars
  26. Hugo: Hunchback of Notre Dame
  27. Junger: The Perfect Storm
  28. McCourt: Angela’s Ashes
  29. McEwan: Atonement
  30. Morrison: The Bluest Eye
  31. Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front
  32. Stoker:  Dracula
  33. Walker: The Color Purple
  34. Plath: The Bell Jar
  35. Courtenay: The Power of One