Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Recommended Book List that Does Not Suck

Everytime I log onto Facebook these days, I see that someone else has filled out this survey to see how many great works of literature you've read off a sample list. I think the list blows, mostly because out of 100 books, it doesn't have a single title from Kurt Vonnegut or Ray Bradbury. Therefore I made my own list. It is awesome.

1. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
2. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut
3. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
4. Jailbird, Kurt Vonnegut
5. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
6. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
7. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury
8. Side Effects, Woody Allen
9. The Complete Far Side, Gary Larson
10. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
11. 1984, George Orwell
12. The Great Apostasy, James Talmage
13. On Writing, Stephen King
14. Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman
15. The Lazlo Letters, Don Novello
16. Naked, David Sedaris
17. Can I Keep My Jersey, Paul Shirley
18. The Mason Williams Reading Matter, Mason Williams
19. Born Standing Up, Steve Martin
20. Animal Farm, George Orwell
21. The Alchemist, Paulo Choelo
22. The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis
23. All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum
24. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
25. Don Quixote, Cervantes
26. Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry
27. How to Be an Italian, Lou D’Angelo
28. 101 Things NOT to Do Before You Die, Robert W. Harris
29. The Two Kings, AJ Jacobs
30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
31. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
32. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (Actually just go watch “Apocalypse Now” instead)
33. The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Vol. 1, Neil Simon
34. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
35. The Outsiders, SE Hinton
36. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
37. In His Own Write, John Lennon
38. The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkein
39. Working, Studs Terkel
40. The Halloween Tree, Ray Bradbury
41. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
42. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque
43. Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor
44. Patriot Games, Tom Clancy
45. Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
46. Pure Drivel, Steve Martin
47. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
48. Dune, Frank Herbert
49. Oscar-Winning Screenwriters on Screenwriting, Joel Engel
50. The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Allen Poe
51. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
52. Burton on Burton, Mark Salisbury
53. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling
54. You Gotta Love It, Baby, “Hot” Rod Hundley
55. Total Impact, Ronnie Lott
56. Hey, I Wrote a Book, John Madden
57. La Barba Magico (aka “The Magic Beard”), Me
58. Your Movie Sucks, Roger Ebert
59. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
60. Field Guide to the Sasquatch, David George Gordon
61. 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, Bernard Goldberg
62. The Great Divorce, CS Lewis
63. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig (First couple of chapters…the rest got boring and I never finished it)
64. Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss
65. The Great Brain, John D. Fitzgerald
66. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roland Dahl
67. The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus: All the Words, Vol. 1
68. Jesus the Christ, James Talmage
69. Pretty much any column collection by Andy Rooney
70. Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, Rick Reilly
71. Without Feathers, Woody Allen
72. Getting Even, Woody Allen
73. Uh-Oh, Robert Fulghum
74. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (Specifically the poem, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”…I haven’t actually read any of the other poems)
75. Prophecy: Key to the Future, Duane S. Crowther
76. About the Three Nephites, Douglas and Jewel Beardall
77. With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and It's Hero, Americo Paredes
78. Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema, Chon A. Noriega
79. The Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters
80. The Two Towers, JRR Tolkein
81. The Return of the King, JRR Tolkein
82. Wired, Bob Woodward
83. Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars, Ray Bradbury
84. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas, Chuck Klosterman
85. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
86. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
87. Nine Tomorrows, Isaac Asimov
88. How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell
89. The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly, Rick Reilly
90. Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
92. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
93. The Time Machine, HG Wells
94. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
95. The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
96. Personal Journal: July 1991—October 1995, also Me
97. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
98. The Book of Mormon, God
99. Citizen Lazlo, Don Novello
100. The Hardy Boys, #4: The Missing Chums, Franklin W. Dixon