In Love of Books and Friendship

I am a passionate reader and hopeless bibliophile.  When I am not reading I am quite often shopping for more books. Nothing makes me happier than when someone asks me to recommend a good book . . . so you've come to the right place.  Let's talk about books. Tell me, what are you reading?

Classics Club


I'm going to do it. I'm going to read 50 classics in 5 years! It's been a lifetime goal of mine to read the classics before my death and while I am not in imminent danger I am certainly not getting any younger. I've read many classics but there are still so many I find referenced in books, movies, or conversations that have kept me curious and yearning for more. This list was so easy to compile in that I have bought SO many of these with a long overdue intended goal that I own nearly all listed. Needless to say, this should also bring relief to the TBR stacks in my life (and house). I plan to get started April 1st - no fooling - and have my list completed March 31, 2019.


  1. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  5. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Stowe Beecher
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  8. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  10. The Good Earth by Pearl. S. Buck
  11. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  12. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  13. Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  14. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  16. The Names by Don DiLillo
  17. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  18. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  19. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  20. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  21. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  22. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  24. Howard's End by E.M. Forster
  25. The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
  26. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  27. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  28. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  29. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  30. The Remains of the Day by Kazao Ishiguro
  31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  32. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
  33. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  34. Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham
  35. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  36. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  37. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  38. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Misty
  39. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  40. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  41. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  42. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
  43. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  44. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  45. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  46. A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
  47. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  48. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  49. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  50. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
























































































































Currently reading

The Widow of the South
Robert Hicks