Friday, December 19, 2008

I'd better get cracking

Via Editorial Ass, one of my favorite blogs, here is the 75 Books Every Woman Should Read, as compiled by Jezebel. I read through the list and got, well, excited. I've only read 13, and parts of three others, but the list looks amazing. I'm resolving to read more of them in 2009.

Here's the list. I'd love to know if you've read any of these books, which ones you like and which ones you'd recommend. The ones I've read are in blue; ones I've read parts of are in red. Scroll down to see my own recommendations (or if you're a guy).

The Lottery (and Other Stories), Shirley Jackson
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Like Life, Lorrie Moore
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
The Delta of Venus, Anais Nin
A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (and Other Stories), Flannery O'Connor
The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, Alice Walker
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
Earthly Paradise, Colette
Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
Property, Valerie Martin
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
Runaway, Alice Munro
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
You Must Remember This, Joyce Carol Oates
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill
The Liars' Club, Mary Karr
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
Bastard out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
The Group, Mary McCarthy
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
Three Junes, Julia Glass
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
Sophie's Choice, William Styron
Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Face of War, Martha Gellhorn
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Harsh Voice, Rebecca West
Spending, Mary Gordon
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen
Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Possession, A.S. Byatt

If you're a guy, here's Esquire's list of 75 Books Every Man Should Read. I've only read three of these; and I'm going out on a sexist limb here and saying that I think the women's list is better than the men's. You can berate me now.

From the women's list, I especially recommend I Capture the Castle, And Then There Were None, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird and my all-time favorite book ever, Jane Eyre.

6 comments:

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I wonder where these lists come from sometimes. For all the reading I do, there are only two books on the whole men's list I've read - and only a few more that I intend to ever read. I think some editor went and catalogued what was on their shelf and said, 'here, I've read all these and everyone else should too.' Weird.

Jill Wheeler said...

I loved your pitch at Bookends!

BBJD said...

Well, out of 150 possible books, I have read three, all on the Men's List:

Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn, by Mark Twain


All read when I was very young.

I've seen film versions of several on both lists. I even had a part in the play, Diary of Anne Frank.

I agree about the Women's List being better, despite my only reads occurring on the Men's List. But aside from the animals, I wasn't keen on reading any of these. I guess that makes me kind of inferior.

Jill Wheeler said...

Woohoo about the reading offer! I will definitely take you up on that! I have about 12k left to edit, and then I'll send it your way! :)

shannon said...

I LOVED "The Good Earth." It was one of those I had to read in my AP English class in high school - but I've read it since then. Such a cool story.

Rickelle said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my favorite book of all time! And I haven't read Persepolis (it's a comic book style, btw) but I have seen the move adaptation which is great!