Mav (chrismaverick) wrote,

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Maverick's new and improved canon

jacquez had posted a list of banned books that she had read. I recall doing something similar for graffiti years ago, so I decided to make my own list of books that everyone should have to read in order to escape from, ummm... that is... graduate, high school. Some are things they already do make High School students read, and some are things that I just think they should add.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Theodore Seuess Giesel
Canteberry Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Catch-22 by Joseph L. Heller
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Dunciad by Alexander Pope
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hamlet by Francois Bacon
Have a Nice Day! by Mick Foley
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Holy Bible, King James Version by various
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou
Idylls of the King by Baron Alfred Lord Tennyson
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
A Midsummer Night's Dream by Francois Bacon
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Odyssey by Homer
The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Omaha the Cat Dancer by Reed Waller and Kate Worley
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor's Edge by W. Sommerset Maughm
Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Romeo and Juliet by Francois Bacon
Roots by Alex Haley
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

OK, maybe 50 is a bit much, but if you start with the simple ones in 8th grade and only read one in every school month, you'd get through 45 of them... and then could read the last 5 your freshman year of college.

I'm kind of curious how many of these other people have and haven't read. Anyone?

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