11 February 2014

2014 Reading

I mentioned on an earlier post that I would be reading the alphabet again. I would also be reading another as well. I remembered what it was...Reading the States.
Books for the 50 states
AL - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
AK - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
AZ - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (I already own this book)
AR - A Painted House by John Grisham
CA - East of Eden by John Steinbeck
CO - The Shining by Stephen King
CT - Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
DE - The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani
FL - To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
GA - Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
HI - Hawaii by James Michener
ID - Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
IL - The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
IN - The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
IA - A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
KS - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
KY - Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
LA - Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
ME - Carrie by Stephen King
MD -  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
MA - Walden by Henry David Thoreau
MI - The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides
MN - Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
MS - The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
MO - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
MT - A River Runs Through It by Norman McLean
NE - My Antonia by Willa Cather
NV - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
NH - The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
NJ - Drown by Junot Diaz
NM - Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
NY - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
NC - A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
ND - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
OH - The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
OK - Paradise by Toni Morrison
OR - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
PA - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
RI - My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
SC - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
SD - A Long Way from Home by Tom Brokaw
TN - The Firm and The Client by John Grisham
TX - No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
UT - The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
VT - Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (perfect timing daughter 2 has to read for school)
VA - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
WA - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
DC - The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
WV - Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (I just read this in November, so I don't plan on re-reading this soon).
WI - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
WY - The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
I think it would be interesting to read books that are associated with a state.
I have read, in the past, MA - "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, MO - "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, NY - "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, VA - "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson, WV - "Shiloh" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, WI - "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Some not recently, some just last year (as in November or December).

Edited to add: I found another that says 23 books you should read in high school. So I am going to add that to my reading for the year. I read a lot of these in high school and college. In high school at the end of the year, many girls threw away the books. They hated them that much. I would retrieve the books and read them over the summer (I was told I was too stupid to participate in the classes that these books were read in). Most of these I have already read and I will re-read them, but there are a few I had not read.
        1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (already read this).
        2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (already read this).
        3. Night by Elie Weisel (already read this).
        4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (already read this).
        5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (already read this).
        6. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (already read this).
        7. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (already read this).
        8. 1984 by George Orwell (already read this).
        9. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (already read this).
       10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (already read this).
       11. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (already read this).
       12. Animal Farm by George Orwell (I have never read this, but looks like I will be).
       13. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
       14. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
       15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
       16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
       17. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (already read this).
       18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
       19. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (already read this).
       20. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (already read this).
       21. Beowulf by Anon (already read this).
       22. Metamorphosis by Kafka (already read this).
       23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

As to What I have read from the alphabet, don't judge some of the books as too young. I read whatever my children are reading for school or for themselves.
B- "Ben and Me" with another daughter.
B - "Bones are Forever"
C - "Crocheted Prayer Shawl"
D - "Don Quixote" daughter read for school
H - "Henry Huggins" another book for reading for school.
L - "Little Boy Lost (The Librarian, #1)
M - "Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill" daughter for fun read
N - "New Prayer Shawl Companion, The 35 Knitted Patterns to Embrace, Inspire, & Celebrate Life"
P - "The Prayer Shawl"
S - "Shawls, Wraps, & Ponchos"

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