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    Peaceful Action, Open Heart - Thich Nhat Hanh*** Eat, Pray, Love*** Peaceful Living - Mary Mackenzie(daily reader)*** The Vein of Gold - Julia Cameron (this is a read a chapter a week type book)*** Dubliners - James Joyce*** Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring - Jean Watson*** The Diary of Virginia Woolf. Volume I***
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Books To Read: A 50 List

A list of books I plan to read that I believe will make me a better person (or somehow i am led to believe that…). will keep adding until I get to 50.

1. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy: have heard good things about this book and have never ready any Tolstoy….so need to get one of his under my belt. Finished 10/3/09!!!

2. Nursing: The philosophy and Science of Caring.  by Jean Watson. She is my ultimate favorite nursing theory…and i love nursing theory, i am just weird like that. So know this isn’t a classic (well maybe could be considered a not quite but almost classic nursing text), and it may get moved to the end of the list (because it costs $34) yay! a friend gave to me :). started 11/09. reading in bits and pieces. will likely take a while.

3. 1984 by George Orwell. This is supposed to be one of those all time greats. And seeing how i love sci-fi, I am surprised I have never read – but I haven’t. I hope it’s fun started 12/13/09 finished 12/19. yep read this one fast. It was pretty depressing but I felt like I must know what happened next.

4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Another one like above. I hopes not skeery.

5. The Odyssey by Homer. I love the stories from the Iliad (which I have read) – when taken piece by piece. Reading the whole thing was torturous because of the horrifically long and VERY detailed battle scenes. I love mythology, and know most of the stories from the odyssey, so I am hoping the official version is better that the Iliad.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. supposed to be very sweet, and I had to throw a childrens book in. 🙂 Finished 10-15-09

7. The Divine Inferno by Dante. ugh. I have a feeling this is going to be a hard one. But it is one of those books that is referenced everwhere, and I always feel like I am missing out.

8. The Undiscovered Self by Jung. well my profession should say it all about why I want to read this one. Well really, I want to read anything by Jung, because I feel I “should” but never have. So here’s to the list! bought this one. looking and contemplating 12/10/09

9. Paradise Lost – just because

10. Bhavad Gita – I have a copy of this, and have started to read it multiple times…but never made it very far. I have been told that perhaps I don’t have a good translation, so will try out another translation and see how it goes. It certainly was true for the Tao Te Ching.

11. Be Here Now by Ram Dass. – needed some more classically spiritual books. who knows, it might be grand.

12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. When I was little I either read Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. I am thinking it was Tom Sawyer, but I could be wrong. I don’t remember much about it, so we’ll see.

13. The Communist Manifesto – by Karl Marx. am I gonna get struck down for this one? Well, maybe by family members 🙂 hehe. Always wondered what Marxism was all about. Not promising I will make it through this one. Lofty aims. finished 10/6/09

14. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Always wondered what the fuss was about. and would one day like to see a performance.

15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Ugh. I am forcing myself to put this one on here. Just because everyone I know who has ready it says its so great. But I really don’t like stories about the civil war. so there.

16. A Room of One’s Own and  finished 12/2/09! Amazing!! Update 12/7/09. My bookclub decided to read this one…so will read again. I am excited. finished again 12/18/10

17. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I have only read one book by Woolf “Orlando” and while I found it difficult to get into and the plot confusing at times, it was overall a very intriguing book. I hope for more from Mrs. Woolf.started 1/19/10

18. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I have read bits and pieces of Plath’s poetry, but never the book. I bet its dark, so I will save this one for a day when I am feeling really good. finished 12/22/09.

19. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. won a pulitizer and all. first girl to do it. so gotta read it.

20. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. I have this book. I love myth. Not sure why I haven’t read it.

21. The Flight of the Wild Gander by Joseph Campbell. Another book I own. and I actually have read a few chapters over the years. So its almost kinda cheating, but not because I never finished it. Now I am gonna. (try).

22. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Ilove the old judy garland, love WICKED, and just saw that off-broadway (9/19/09).

23. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll. I understand there is a lot more to this book than is portrayed by the cartoons so I am very interested to find out. Oh, and maybe I will get it read before the Johnny Depp (love) version comes out.& Through the Looking Glass. Lewis Carroll. I just discovered when searching for the above book that there is a sequel. As I am all about sequels here is #24…update, I was going to count the looking glass as a separate book, but they are short and in one volume…and if felt like I was cheating…so I am counting as only #23 finished 12/13/09. It is seriously clear that Lewis Carroll was on drugs

24. The Artist’s Way. Julia Cameron. Been wanting to read this for a while. A friend recommended and I am all about anything that will inspire creativity and spirituality. Looking forward to this one. started 11/25/09. This is a “one chapter a week” type book with a lot of activities, so it will be an ongoing process. My goal is to do the activities (which includes journaling three pages every morning, a weekly 2 hour ‘artist’s date’ and multiple other activities that vary from week to week. So far I am sticking to it, and I hope to continue. Finished 1/30/10! I loved it so much that I didn’t want it to end. So I started another of her books in the same “vein” called The Vein of Gold. Not including it in the 50, cuz that feels like cheating.

25. Wide Sargasso Sea. by Jean Rhys. This books is supposed to be patterned after Jane Eyre (love love) but set in Jamaica. Intriguing…

26. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. by Tennessee Williams. Heard lots of fuss about this one, particularly being from the South. Must throw a good Southern classic in. AND the author’s name is Tennessee. Paying homage and all that.

27. She: A History of Adventure. by H. Rider Haggard. Descriptions of this novel call it “imaginative literature”. AND its about a goddess. all sound intriguing so I am all in. finished 1/17/09

28. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. by Truman Capote. Unbelievable that I have never read this. Never knew what everyone was alluding to. I really love the song…. I watched a play and read a book by Truman Capote called “A Christmas Story” that was really amazing. I read it in a bookclub -which almost makes me miss that bookclub…almost (the bookclub I am in now doesn’t read fiction as a rule which is fabulous..but often it is so fun to delve into the plot of a good classic fiction with others….digressing).

29. The Karamazov Brothers. by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Is it just me or is there a large quantity of Russian literature on this list. Maybe it is because that literature is so large both figuratively and in actuality. I figured I just couldn’t be well-rounded enough without dear Fyodor and Crime and Punishment sounded too….well boooring…so K brothers it is.

30. A Clockwork Orange. by Anthony Burgess. I hadn’t really thought about this book before, but it is on my glamourpuss friend’s list and so I looked it up. Verrry intriguing. And since I am all about the psychological (take that as you like)….

31. On the Road. by Jack Keroac. Now I must say that the novel ‘Dharma Bums’ sounded must more of a ‘me’ read from the title, but reading about it, it seems that ‘On the Road’ really must be read first. I usually prefer to read about different places and further times…maybe because the reality of the history of my country is too frightening, too real and too far away. I am not really sure, but it confuses me. This novel is about the time that my dad grew up in…a time that seems almost magical and otherworldly to me in its seeming simplicity yet complexity of post-and pre-war America. I often wonder how then evolved into now…how these two worlds that seem so very very far apart are truly the same world…or the outcome of one another. Maybe this book will give me some clues.

32. Cold Comfort Farm. by Stella Gibbons. Must have a few more female authors on here. Plus I love the name Stella….and the title of the book draws me.

33. Don Quixote. by Miguel de Cervantes . For some reason I have avoided putting this one on the list…but the name keeps popping up. So here it is.

34. Metamorphosis. by Franz Kafka. Kafka must be on my list in some way as he is supposed to be so ‘all that’ in the world of literature and I hear him referenced a lot, but never really knew anything about his writings. This book is about a man that turns into a bug…can’t be all that bad now can it?  Finished April. Forgot to write the date. I wasn’t all that impressed.

35. Middlemarch and

36. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot. It pains me to say that it is only recently that I realized that George Eliot was a woman. Since I have so disgraced her as to think she was a man (and because Virginia Woolf has very good things to say of her) I am reading two of her novels. HER novels.

37. Inpatient Group Therapy by Irvin Yalom. Yeah, considering that I do groups, I can’t believe I have never read this. sheesh. Got this one in the mail 12/12/09. There is a reason I haven’t read it before. Its HUGE. It might take me a minute.

38. Dubliners by James Joyce. Joseph Campbell loves James Joyce. I figured that was a good enough reason.

39. Man’s Search for Meaning by Vicktor Frankl. comes highly recommended by my boss-man. Will give it a go.











50. The Complete Works of Virginia Woolf. Everything – diary, essays, all of it. I decided against filling up the rest of my list with Virginia Woolf and instead making this a #50. It will likely be a long process. I will fill in books as I have read them. I already have a partial start with the two books above.


One Response

  1. the names in anna karenina are confusing, but so far i like it a lot. i didn’t realize it is so so long – it might take me a minute to make it through. but i would love for you to read it too so that we can chat about it weeee!

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