Books to read. Not necessarily all this year. But one day. Oh yes, one day. Before I die. My “Bookit List,” if you will.

Historical Fiction:

1. Pompeii – Robert Harris
2. I, Mona Lisa – Jeanne Kalogridis
3. Memoirs of Cleopatra – Margaret George
4. Wisdom’s Daughter: A Novel of Solomon and Sheba – India Edghill
5. The Princes of Ireland – Edward Rutherfurd
6. World Without End – Ken Follett
7. The Other Queen – Philippa Gregory
8. Fire from Heaven – Mary Renault
9. Stonehenge – Bernard Cornwell
10. The Players – Stephanie Cowell
11. The Passions of the Mind or The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone
12. The Journeyer – Gary Jennings
13. Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey
14. The Lost Queen and The Lute Player – Nora Lofts
15. The First Man in Rome – Colleen McCullough
16. The Uncrowned Queen – Posie Graeme-Evans

Arthurian/Camelot:

1. Firelord – Parke Godwin (I could not get into this book so it is crossed out unfinished)
2. Prince of Dreams: A Tale of Tristan and Essylte -Nancy McKenzie
3. Kingdom of the Grail – Judith Tarr
4. The Forever King trilogy – Molly Cochran

Classics I should have read a long time ago:

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
3. Moviegoer – Walker Percy
4. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
5. Night – Elie Wiesel
6. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
7. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
8. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
9.  My Antonia – Willa Cather
11. Things Fall Apart -Chinua Achebe
12. The Awakening – Kate Chopin

Childrens/Young Adult Classics I should have read a long time ago:

1. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
4. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
5. Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum
6. Stuart Little – E.B. White

More recent fiction & literature:

1. A Free Man of Color – Barbara Hambly
2. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
3. Life Expectancy – Dean Koontz
4. Smila’s Sense of Snow – Peter Hoeg
5. Play It as It Lays – Joan Didion
6. Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger
7. Atonement – Ian McEwan
8. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
9. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
10. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
11. About Grace – Anthony Doerr
12. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
13. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’neill
14. Lost in Translation – Nicole Mones
15. Known World – Edward P. Jones
16. Pope Joan – Donna Woolfolk Cross
17. Map of the World – Jane Hamilton
18. Women of the Silk and The Language of Threads – Gail Tsukiyama
19. Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramago
20. The Last Days of Dogtown – Anita Diamont
21. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
22. Slammerkin – Emma Donoghue
23. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
24. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
25.The House at Riverton – Kate Morton
26. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Nonfiction/History:

1. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
3. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
4. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
5. Empire City- Kenneth T. Jackson
6. Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

Auto/Biography:

1. Raging Bull – Jake LaMotta
2. Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences – James Mellow
3. Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig – Jonathan Eig
4. Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash

Books I will likely re-read:

1. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
2. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
3. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
4. Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon
5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Mr. Zoo’s suggestions to my reading list:

1. Consider Phlebas – Iain Banks
2. Creation – Gore Vidal
3. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin
4. To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis
5. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert Heinlein
6. Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson

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