September 24, 2009

10 Books to Read Before You Die

I saw this list over at Debbie's World of Books, although it originated with Pam at  I thought it would be fun and interesting.  Turns out it's also harder than I thought . . .

1.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  (I know, I should probably lose my reviewer or book blogger status over this one.  I never had to read it in school and it's been on my TBR list for a long time.  I even have a lovely library bound edition.)

2.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  (Yes, I am from Atlanta and have never read this classic.  Does seeing the movie count?)

3.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  (Yet another book that I have in my own personal library and another lovely library bound edition.  The movie from the 40s was incredible.)

4.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (I have seen every movie version but never read the book.  And I love all things Christmas)

5.  Possession by A.S. Byatt.  (I have seen the movie and loved Jennifer Ehle's portrayal)

6.  The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy.  (I have seen the mini-series which was stellar.  The story was so good, the book has to be just as excellent)

7.  The War of the Worlds/The Time Machine/The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.  (I have never read anything by H.G. Wells but the man has always fascinated me, so he's on the list)

8.  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  (A classic mystery, enough said.) 

9.  Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.   (I've never read anything by Jules Verne but I feel I should so this is my pick). 

10.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  (I love time travel and I have heard this book is wonderful)

 So what would be your 10 books? 


Book Bird Dog said...

I agree about the Wilkie Collins book as a book to read. I'd be hard pressed to limit my list to 10books too.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg said...

Oh wow what an awesome list! Only one I have read and several I want to read. I gave up on the Woman in White although I have an old tattered copy I bought on a street in London. Thanks so much for participating.

Jessica said...

Great list!
The first four would probably have to be on my list, too. Number 9 is another book I plan to read (I have the book just haven't taken the time), so I guess it makes it on the list as well.

I had to read The Time Machine in High School. And I tried reading Outlander a year ago and I just couldn't get through it - there were scenes that simply repelled me. But it has had many rave reviews so I guess it just wasn't for me.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Wow this is a wonderful list.
I'll have to meditate on this.

April said...

What a great list!! I have Wilkie's book in my TBR mountain and am excited to read it! I'm going to try doing this meme too, though it's going to be hard to narrow down to 10 books, lol.

Lori Johnston said...

Too true about keeping the list to 10. It was hard! I had a short list that I was pulling from and I had to make some cold, hard cuts. Some of the books that fell off the list were "Interview with the Vampire", Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" series, "Time and Again" by Jack Finney and "Frankenstein" by Mary W. Shelley.

I waffled on "Outlander", Jessica - - I have read mixed reviews but everyone I have asked loved it. I used to have a deep seated aversion to Diana Gabaldon but only because an incredibly rude woman really pushed my buttons being irate and snotty while looking for Gabaldon books when I was working at The Mother Ship. Not the author's fault, of course, but it really affected my overall feelings about her. Maybe that's why I included her on the list! ;)

Sarbear said...

Uh oh, I haven't read some of these...

Amy said...

Great list! I couldn't decide between 3 different Bronte books, so put them all in. :-)

Lisa said...

No fair to add more than one book at a time to my tbr list!