[September 21, 2021]

I was able to get my list down to 52 books! Here they are…

The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
I Must Resist by Bayard Rustin
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Meaning of Mariah Carey
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Remember Me by Christopher Pike
The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike

[May 23, 2021]

Under Construction!

After realizing I had 85 titles on this list (and this is after I dwindled it down from 103!), I decided I should spend some more time until I get it down to a more reasonable number. Maybe I’ll have a Top 20 ranking and then a long-list of 52 titles (one for every week of the year so I can do a re-reading challenge of them.) I already know I’m going to create categories within my list. For example, my favorite author is Agatha Christie and, the last time I checked, I had seven of her books on the list. Plus there are series that are either hard to choose individual titles or, as a whole, they’re great and they should just occupy one spot. This should be a fun exercise and I can’t wait to work on it this summer!

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