Friday, April 20, 2012

List Fifteen - 25 Books I Wish I Hadn't Read Yet

Would you agree there's something special about your favorite books?  They're like friends, really.  I can't stand to finish a book that I have loved because I fear I'll miss the people so much.  (I'm not good with good-byes.)

It's been a while since I have fallen in love with a book, and that got me thinking.  I began to ponder   how much fun it is to be in the middle of a wonderful book; how grand it is to be surprised and entertained by something new.  Then I began to think back about books that "I wish I could read again - for the FIRST time."  I don't mean that I'd like to read them again - maybe I would, but that's a completely different thing - that's not nearly as special.

These are a few of the books I wish I had yet to read . . .

  1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  3. To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
  4. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  7. Dark of the Moon by Janice Daugharty
  8. Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  9. Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
  10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty
  12. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  13. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  14. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  15. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  16. Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  17. Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress
  18. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
  19. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  20. Leaving Church - A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
  21. Having Our Say:  The Delaney Sisters First 100 Years by Sarah Delaney
  22. Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
  23. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  24. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  25. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
What's on your list?


  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
    Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
    Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    Specimen Days - Walt Whitman
    One Writer's Beginnings - Eudora Welty
    Nine Stories - Salinger
    Where I'm Calling From - Raymond Carver
    A Childhood: A Biography of a Place - Harry Crews
    My Name is Aram - William Saroyan
    One Room Schoolhouse - Jim Heynan

  2. 1. Because of Winn Dixie
    2. A Child Called It
    3. The Glass Castle
    4. The Lovely Bones
    5. 19 Minutes
    6. The Last Summer of You and I
    7. Hissy Fit....a good, trashy, mindless read for fun


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