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The freedom to read: My books to read in this lifetime.

The freedom to read whatever I wish is something I love to celebrate this week. Banned Books week, going on from September 25th to October 1st, is a national week of celebrating books that were written to challenge who we are as a society. Or, to challenge what content we are reading and what we are letting be censored.

To visit more about Banned Books week, you can visit there website here. This event has been going on since 1982, and I suggest going back and seeing what books have been on the Banned Books list, and see if any of them have been removed. The books I want to read are typical books, but I also have now started adding banned books to my list.

This list will be a mix of both, because the freedom to read goes hand in hand with the freedom to think. This will be just a list of books, so I suggest saving this blog for later resource. Some will be bolded because I want to read some of these before I turn thirty, just as a FYI. Also, there are thousands of books not on this list. Don’t be offended if a classic isn’t on here, or that the Harry Potter series isn’t on here (already read).Some books I recall reading four years ago in high school, but those classics were required reading, and i don’t recall much about them (Hawthorne, especially).  Suggest a book in the comments, and I might just add it to my list!

Books on my reading list:

  • The Wind-UP Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Maus, Art Spiegelman
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fizgerald
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings (#1-3), J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett


  • The Girl On the Train, Paula Hawkins
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Wolf
  • Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro
  • The year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  • Ulysses, James Joyce
  • Middle March, George Eliot
  • The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Symposium, Plato
  • I Love Dick, Chris Kaus
  • Letters, Shaun Usher
  • On the Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Persuasion, Jane Austen
  • The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank


  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  • Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell


  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafke
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • The Stranger, Albert Carnus
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  • The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, John Boyne
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • Carrie, Stephen King
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain



  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  • The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
  • The Ocean At the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  • Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
  • Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  • The DaVince Code, Dan Brown
  • Inferno, Dan Brown
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyersky
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Little Prince, Antonio de Sain-Exupéry
  • The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie


  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkher
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhel Grimm
  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingallas Wilder 
  • The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriaty
  • The Advenutes of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conar Doyle
  • William Shakespeare 
  • House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Divergent Series, Veronica Roth
  • Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller


So fellow reading advicts, what books are you reading? Thanks for checking this one out, and Happy reading! 


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