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True art was based upon despair.
—  Me Talk Pretty One Day
The Rory Gilmore Reading Checklist

Reading List

  1. √ 1984 – George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  3. √ Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  8. √ Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  10. The Art of Fiction  - Henry James
  11. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  13. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  15. √ Babe – Dick King-Smith
  16. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  17. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  18. √ The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  19. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  20. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  21. The Bhagava Gita
  22. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  23. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  24. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  25. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  26. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  27. Candide – Voltaire
  28. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  29. √ Carrie –Stephen King
  30. √ Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  31. √ The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  32. √ Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  33. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  34. Christine – Stephen King
  35. √ A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  36. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  37. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  38. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  39. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  40. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  41. Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  42. The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  43. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  45. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  46. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  47. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  48. √ The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  49. Cujo – Stephen King
  50. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  51. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  52. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  53. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  54. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  55. Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  56. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. √ Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  58. √ Deenie – Judy Blume
  59. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  60. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  61. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  62. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  63. √ Don Quijote – Cervantes
  64. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  65. DrJekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  66. √ Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  67. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  68. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  69. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  70. √ Eloise – Kay Thompson
  71. Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  72. Emma – Jane Austen
  73. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  74. √ Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  75. √ Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  76. Ethics – Spinoza
  77. Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  78. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  79. Extravagance – Gary Kist
  80. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  81. Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  82. The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  83. Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  84. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  85. √ The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  86. √ Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  87. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  89. Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  90. Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  91. √ Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  92. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  93. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  94. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  95. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
  96. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  97. Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  98. George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  99. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  100. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  101. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  102. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  103. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  104. √ Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  105. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  106. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  107. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  108. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  109. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  110. √ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  111. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  112. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  113. √ Hamlet – Shakespeare
  114. √ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  115. √ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  116. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  117. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  118. Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  119. Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  120. Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  121. Henry V – Shakespeare
  122. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  123. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  124. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  125. The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  126. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  127. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  128. How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  129. √ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  130. How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  131. Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  132. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  133. √ The Illiad – Homer
  134. I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  135. √ In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  136. Inferno – Dante
  137. Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  138. Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  139. It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton
  140. √ Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  141. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  142. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  143. The Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  144. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  145. Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  146. The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  147. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  148. √ The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  149. Lady Chatterley’s Love – DH Lawrence
  150. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  151. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  152. The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  153. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  154. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  155. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  156. √ Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  157. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  158. The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  159. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  160. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  161. Living History – Hillary Clinton
  162. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  163. The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  164. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  165. The Love Story – Eric Segal
  166. Macbeth – Shakespeare
  167. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  168. The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  169. Marathon Man – William Goldman
  170. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  171. Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  172. Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  173. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  174. The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  175. Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  176. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  177. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  178. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  179. √ The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  180. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  181. The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  182. Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  183. A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  184. Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  185. A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  186. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  187. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  188. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  189. My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  190. My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  191. My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  192. √ My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  193. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  194. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  195. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  196. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  197. Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  198. √ New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  199. Things Work – David Macaulay
  200. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  201. Night – Elie Wiesel
  202. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  203. The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  204. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  205. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  206. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  207. On the Road – Jack Keruac
  208. Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  209. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  210. Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  211. √ Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  212. Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  213. The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  214. √ The Portable Dorothy Parker
  215. The Portable Nietzche
  216. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  217. √ Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  218. Property – Valerie Martin
  219. Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  220. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  221. Quattrocento – James McKean
  222. A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
  223. √ Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  224. The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  225. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  226. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  227. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  228. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  229. Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  230. The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  231. R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  232. Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  233. Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  234. Roman Holiday – Edith Wharton
  235. √ Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  236. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  237. A Room with a View – EM Forster
  238. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  239. Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  240. Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  241. Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  242. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  243. The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  244. √ The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  245. √ Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  246. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  247. √ The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  248. Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  249. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  250. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  251. A Separate Place – John Knowles
  252. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  253. Sexus – Henry Miller
  254. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  255. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  256. The Shining – Stephen King
  257. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  258. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  259. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  260. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  261. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  262. √ Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  263. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  264. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  265. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  266. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  267. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  268. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  269. Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  270. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  271. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  272. Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  273. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  274. √ The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  275. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  276. √ Stuart Little – EB White
  277. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  278. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  279. Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  280. √ Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  281. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  282. Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  283. Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  284. Time and Again – Jack Finney
  285. √ The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  286. To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  287. √ To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  288. The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  289. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  290. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  291. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  292. Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  293. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  294. Ulysses – James Joyce
  295. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  296. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  297. Unless – Carol Shields
  298. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  299. The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  300. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  301. Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  302. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  303. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  304. √ Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  305. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  306. We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  307. What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  308. What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  309. When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  310. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  311. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  312. √ Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  313. √ The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  314. √ Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  315. The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  316. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

diamondstone1  asked:

Good books to read?

I know you sent this forever ago. I’m sorry for barely replying now. I haven’t finished a book in so long, but my all time favorites are

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

Pansy, Andrea Gibson

Harry Potter obv (my favorite is GOB)

I have easily read each of these over five times. They’re all staples on my nightstand. I also have a goodreads if you’d like to poke around there. I also have tagged /currently reading and /books

What are some of everyone else’s favorites?


Project of the Day—David Cross made a movie called HITSwhich is about “the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America,” and it stars a great cast of hilarious people including: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, David Koechner, Jessie Ennis, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson and Jason Ritter, which is one of those incredible cast lists where we feel like we should be putting exclamation points after each name because we are so excited.

probatsprofeminism  asked:

Book recommendations?


Books I Wish I Would Have Actually Read in High School:

1984, George Orwell

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill A MockingBird, Harper Lee

Lord of The Flies, William Golding

Books About Books For People Who Love Books:

The Shadow of The Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Club Dumas, Arturo Perez-Reverte

Great Collections of Short Stories:

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor 

Nine Tails, J.D Salinger

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

Different Seasons, Stephen King.

Young Adult Fiction

Thursday’s Child, Sonya Hartnett

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Looking For Alaska, John Green

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

Book Meme

Tagged by: burningletter- 


In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

  1. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (easily the book I have reread most)
  2. Extremely Loud And incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer (I love you Oskar)
  3. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes (my heart still hurts a month later UGH)
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini 
  5. Every Day, David Levithan (Six Days Earlier was such a let down. Not sure if I’ll read Rhiannon. Also I would like to credit gabiiescobar for my deep love of the greatness that is Levithan)
  6. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  7. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  8. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (I couldn’t put this down, SO GOOD)
  9. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell (it was hard to pick just one of her books)
  10. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher 
I tag gabiiescobar, rustyvoices, creatingaquietmind, wennietime, loveyourchaos, mariannapaige, puckishlove, dashingqueen, rockplusbird, and m0n-chou, if they’d like to participate. 
Let It Snow

David Sedaris remembers a childhood snow day, in our collection of winter stories from the archive:

There were eight inches on the ground, and, rather than melting, it froze. On the fifth day of our vacation, my mother had a little breakdown. Our presence had disrupted the secret life she led while we were at school, and when she could no longer take it she threw us out.

Illustration by Seymour Chwast

2014 Books:
  • salt, Nayyirah Waheed
  • Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  • Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan
  • Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
  • The Truth About Alice, Jennifer Mathieu
  • The Infinite Moment of Us, Lauren Myracle
  • The Realm of Possibility, David Levithan
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  • Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
  • This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
  • Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
  • The Future of Us, Jay Asher
  • Six Earlier Days, David Levithan
  • Orange Is The New Black, Piper Kerman
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  • We Were Liars, E. Lockwell
  • Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  • Panacea, Wennie Hong
  • Can’t And Won’t, Lydia Davis
  • Everything I Never Told You, Jennifer Ng
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Wide Awake, David Levithan
  • The Distance Between Us, Kasie West
  • The Ocean at The End of The Lane, Neil Gaiman
  • Goodnight June, Sarah Jio
  • Invisibility, Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson
  • The Geography of You and Me, Jennifer E. Smith
  • #16thingsithoughtweretrue, Janet Gurtler
  • Chasers of The Light, Tyler Knott Gregson 
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any good biographies I should read?

idk about like educational biographies but i really like memoirs 

  • a piece of cake - cupcake brown
  • the glass castle - jennette walls 
  • where white men fear to tread: the autobiography of russell means - russell means 
  • brain on fire: my month of madness - susannah cahalan 
  • calla lilies: a true story of four sisters and their struggle to survive abuse, addiction and poverty in america - kay corbett
  • running with scissors - augusten burroughs
  • me talk pretty one day - david sedaris 
  • a million little pieces - james frey (i know i know) 
  • girl, interrupted - susanna kaysen 
  • i know why the caged bird sings - maya angelou
  • prozac nation - elizabeth wurtzel 
  • assata: an autobiography - assata shakur 
  • i am a woman: a native perspective on sociology and feminism - lee meracle 
  • god isn’t here - richard e. overton 
  • with the old breed: at peleliu and pkinawa - e.b. sledge
  • night -elie wiesel
  • crossing border street - peter jan honigsberg 
  • drinking: a love story - caroline knapp 
  • the basketball diaries - jim carroll 
  • junky - william s burroughs 

that’s all i can think of right now but it’s a pretty big list 

I realized I never updated this!

The final list for my “Read 50 Books” challenge is as follows:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay
  4. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
  5. Paper Towns- John Green
  6. The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  7. Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman
  8. 1984- George Orwell
  9. The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
  10. Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris
  11. Looking for Alaska- John Green
  12. Girl with the Pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier
  13. Divergent- Veronica Roth
  14. Insurgent- Veronica Roth
  15. The Princess Bride- William Goldman
  16. Allegiant- Veronica Roth
  17. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?- Mindy Kahling
  18. A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khalid Houssini 
  19. The Maze Runner
  20. The Scorch Trials
  21. Death Cure
  22. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  23. Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  24. The Old Man and the SEa
  25. The Penelopiad
  26. The Notebook
  27. The Shining
  28. 100 Years of Solitude
  29. Watchers- Dean Koontz
  30. Good Omens- Neil Gaiman
  31. The Poisonwood Bible
  32. The Giver
  33. Doctor Sleep- Steven King
  34. The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
  35. Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  36. Love in the Time of Cholera
  37. Gone Girl
  38. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  39. Green Rider (Green Rider Series)
  40. First Rider’s Call (Green Rider Series)
  41. The High King’s Tomb(Green Rider Series)
  42. Brave New World
  43. Anansi’s Boys- Neil Gaiman
  44. Blackveil (Green Rider Series)
  45. Mirror Sight (Green Rider Series)
  46. The Shining Girls. 
  47. My Sister’s Keeper
  48. Yes, Please. Amy Poehler.
  49. Swan Loch (I did not like this)
  50. The Magicians (I could enjoy very much)

 I tend to stick in the “re-reading books” or “young adult fiction” or “authors I like already” realm, but book club introduced a lot of new authors and styles into my life. My recommendations are:

  • The Book Thief: It was excellent, and also a quick read. After reading the book, I watched the movie, and I must say, the book is WAY better. Max is given more attention in the book, and it’s really nice to see. 
  • The Penelopiad; AMAZING piece of feminist literature. The story is excellent, but it’s also written in varying styles, that add a lot to the overall message. There is a courtroom scene that I still remember, months later. 
  • Doctor Sleep- While not as chilling as The Shining, this sequel was very entertaining and answered a lot of questions I’d had about Danny, the young boy in the Shining. Plus, you get to see what it’s like to have a bit of a “shine” in the real world. 
  • Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- I read this in it’s entirety while waiting for my flight at the airport in China. It was very entertaining, and had a bit of a Percy Jackson feel to it. The story is also refreshing. 
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers- A moving book about slums in India. Was on John Green’s book club, so I read it. And enjoyed. 
  • The Green Rider Series- This is an EXCELLENT read for those of you who like Epic Fantasies. I PARTICULARLY enjoyed the treatment of women in this series. The main character, Karigan, is a realistic female protagonist (aka, she doesn’t spend the whole time wondering when she is going to fall in love). But what I think is more important about this book, is the fact that secondary female characters are also treated well… Like, not every female character is a baker’s wife, or a shopkeeper. There are female military officers, female Royal Council Members, and female spies, and their gender is not even regarded as an issue. It’s just a fact of that world, that women can do whatever men do (AS IT SHOULD BE), so I really appreciate this book. There is also a love story wound throughout it, so basically, it’s epic and awesome. 
  • The Magicians- This book moves kind of slow, but for some reason, I found myself loving it. And that’s saying something, because the main character, Quentin, is a sad, pathetic asshole. I think that’s part of the charm; it’s a book full of extremely unlike-able characters, who make bad decisions, and whine about their own miserable fortunes, but the action is good, and it causes the reader to really think about their own outlook on life. It’s a really good series (there are 3) for those of us 20 somethings to read. And, I also enjoyed the fact that the author chose to juxtapose the magical elements with like, drug use and sex. Idk, it was interesting and entertaining. 

So! Those are my books/recommendations from 2014. For 2015, I’ve decided not to push myself to read the 50 again, but to seek out a variety of new TYPES of book. Things I haven’t read/ might not be used to.