January 9, 2017

What classic books have you somehow managed to not yet read? As a self-proclaimed bibliophile and English teacher, here are some books that I am embarrassed to say I’ve missed so far in my reading life. This is the year I finally read them! What are your most glaring misses?

Children’s Books: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Fantasy: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks.

Science Fiction: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein and Dune by Frank Herbert.

Historical Fiction: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

American Literature: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, anything by James Baldwin and Flannery O’Connor.

Graphic Novels: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman.

Fiction for Young Readers: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin.

Contemporary Literature: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie.

Popular Fiction: The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

Plays: King Lear by William Shakespeare.

History (Non-fiction): 1776 by David McCullough.

Biography: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.

European Literature: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Explanatory Non-fiction: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

Mystery: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.