Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Reading List

7One of my favorite past times is reading.  And if you could see my house I am running out of room for books even with the library being one of my best friends.  I was really intrigued by the article in the Ole Miss Alumni Review from the Fall on recommended reading.  It is a list of "101 books Ole Miss alums should read before they lay dying."  I kept it around to write a post one since then and am just getting around to it mainly because I am trying to clean out my office.  A few on the list I have read in the past and others I will be adding to my reading list for 2011.  The list was compiled from books that have been or are important to alums, faculty, staff and students at Ole Miss (it didn't say how many).

List of 101 must reads

1.  Light in August by William Faulkner
2.  Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans
3.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
4.  White over Black by Winthrop D. Jordan
5.  Ellen Foster by Kay Gibbons
6.  Black Boy by Richard Wright
7.  Cross Creak by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
8.  The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris, ed
9.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
10.  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
11.  The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
12.  The Last :Lecture by Randy Pausch
13.  Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
14.  Walking with the Wind by John Lewis
15.  The Shack by William P. Young
16.  Still Standing by Carrie Prejean
17.  For Us, the Living by Myrlie Evers-Williams
18.  Terrains of the Heart by Willie Morris
19.  Dixie by Curtis Wilkie
20.  Proverbs The Holy Bible
21.  Sophie's Choice by William Styron
22.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
23.  Sanctuary by William Faulkner
24.  On Fire by Larry Brown
25.  Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
26.  The One-Year Chronological Bible
27.  Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
28.  Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the Storycorps Project by Dave Isay,ed
29.  Brother to a Dragonfly by Will Campbell
30.  Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
31.  A Time to Kill by John Grisham
32.  North Toward Home by Willie Morris
33.  The University of Mississippi, A Sesquicentennial History by David Sansing
34.  The Measure of Our Days; Writings of William F. Winter by Andrew Mullins, ed
35.  The Price of Defiance by Charles Eagles
36.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
37.  Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly
38.  The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie
39.  Autobiography of Malcolm X 
40.  The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B.Du Bois
41.  Lords of the Realm by John Helyar
42.  The Slave Community by John Blassingame
43.  Goal Dust by Woody Strode
44. The Odyssey by Homer
45.  Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
46. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
47.  Mythology by Edith Hamilton
48.  Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
49.  The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
50.  The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
51.  The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade
52.  The Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen
53.  The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
54.  The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
55.  What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland
56.  My Antonia by Willa Cather
57.  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
58.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
59.  Frankenstien by Mary Shelley
60.  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
61.  The Symposium by Plato
62.  Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle
63.  Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
64.  The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
65.  Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
66.  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
67.  A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
68.  Halftime by Bob Buford
69.  Rising Tide by John Barry
70.  The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
71.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
72.  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
73.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
74.  White Fang by Jack London
75.  In Love with Life: Reflections on the Joy of Living and Why We Hate to Die by John Lachs
76.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
77.  The Republic by Plato
78.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
79.  The Footprints of God by Greg Iles
80.  The Firm by John Grisham
81.  The Kid by Dan Savage
82.  Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume
83.  Father and Son by Larry Brown
84.  A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
85.  The Path by Laurie Beth Jones
86. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
87.  The Prodigal God: Christianity Redefined Through the Parable of the Prodigal Sons by Timothy J. Keller
88.  Taps by Willis Morris
89.  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
90. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
91.  The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
92.  Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
93. The Discarded Image by C.S. Lewis
94.  Walden by Henry David Thoreau
95.  Ulysses by James Joyce
96.  Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
97.  One Hundred Years of Solitued by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
98.  Moby Dick by Herman melville
99.  Kings of Tort by Alan Lange and Tom Dawson
100.  Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
101.  Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell

I was going to link the article but they have not put it on the site yet.  With the majority of the books listed there is a description or a quote from someone about it.  I was not surprised to see William Faulkner and John Grisham on the list.  There are a few on the list that seem pretty academic to me. 
Do you see any any on the list that you would like to read or have read?


  1. That is really neat!! There is a bookstore in Greenwood called Turnrow. We have visited it while house hunting. And that have SO many 'southern' books. They have a special section just for the Delta. I told Randy I'm going to buy a new book every week to expand our library because they would be so awesome to have. They have so much history that is for that specific region!

  2. Good morning Ruthie!

    I loved this list and cannot thank you enough for posting it. May I copy it and post it on my blog?

    Love you,


    PS-Consider the Peninsula date cemented in on your visit! High Tea for we ladies is a must.

  3. What a long, daunting list! I've only read two!