16 May 2010

Tell Me What to Read

On a lark, I decided to catalog the books in my collection that I have never read (or read so long ago that I forget what they're about).

Here's where you come in: I'll list the books, and you tell me which one I should read next. I might take the one that gets the most votes, or I might go for the best justification. We shall see.

Oh, also, stay tuned for the next two in my series of Dusty Book Reviews: Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling, and Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.

And--just because this drives me batty--a link to Grammar Girl's discussion of the phrase "on accident."

Here's the list--in order of publication date:

TitleAuthorYear of Pubilcation
HameltWilliam Shakespeare1600
The Story of the GadsbysRudyard Kipling1888
Under the DeodarsRudyard Kipling1888
Mine Own PeopleRudyard Kipling1899
Anne of Green GablesL. M. Montgomery1908
Cloud HoweLewis Grassic Gibbon1933
Grey GraniteLewis Grassic Gibbon1934
Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck1937
From Russia with LoveIan Flemming1957
The Dragon and the RoseDavid Scott Daniell1957
South by Java HeadAlistair McLean1957
The Guns of NavaroneAlistair McLean1957
The Secret WaysAlistair McLean1959
ThunderballIan Flemming1961
Fear is the KeyAlistair McLean1961
The Golden RendezvousAlistair McLean1962
On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceIan Flemming1963
You Only Live TwiceIan Flemming1964
Puppet on a ChainAlistair McLean1969
CircusAlistair McLean1975
The Golden GateAlistair McLean1976
Noble HouseJames Clavell1981
PartisansAlistair McLean1982
San AndreasAlistair McLean1984
License to KillJohn Gardner1989
The Ring of CharonRoger MacBride Allen1990
Sophie's WorldJostein Gardner1991
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour - The Frontier Stories - Volume ThreeLouis L'Amour2008


  1. Oooh, this is a nice list, Paul! :D

    I am a sucker for the classics, so I can't choose just one! I recommend Shakespeare's Hamlet, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and/or Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

    I adore Hamlet, because Hamlet is such a complex character. He is brilliant but oh so troubled. I am also a Shakespeare geek, so I love all of the classic lines from this play. The action moves along well and the ending perfectly fits the prescription for a Shakespearean tragedy. (If you're interested in a full listing of my justification, here's the link to my full-length review of Hamlet on my book blog: http://zellakate.blogspot.com/2009/12/hamlet.html )

    Of Mice and Men is one of my favorite novellas EVER! I love it, because the characters are so vividly crafted and the plot is seemingly simple yet it is so complex. I also like the philosophical issues it addresses. It is also one of the most moving books I have ever read. The ending makes me cry every time. (My review for this one: http://zellakate.blogspot.com/2010/03/of-mice-and-men.html)

    Anne of Green Gables was my favorite book when I was about fourteen, primarily because Anne is such a delightful character. She has so much spunk and personality! The setting is also nostalgic and the story is heartwarming. There is also a lot of humor in this book, which I always appreciate. (I don't have a review written for this one, but now I want to reread it just to write about it.)

    I can't wait to see which book you choose! :)


  2. Hey Paul,

    I'd suggest the Bond books for an easy read, otherwise Of Mice And Men is great. Hamlet if you want to stretch yourself.