Summer reading help? Thanks!?

so were supposed to read a bunch of books from this list, but they all sound boring...could you please tell me if any of these aren't boring, so no hemingway or 'classic' authors that put me to sleep. If its any help classic books i liked were catcher in the rye and to kill a mockingbird, but I didn't mind steinbeck's of mice and men or the grapes of wrath. Some suggestions would be really helpful as I'm about to buy some.

Some recent Pulitzer Prize Winners:

William Styron Confession of Nat Turner (1968)

N. Scott Momaday House Made of Dawn (1969)

Wallace Stegner Angle of Repose (1972)

John Updike Rabbit is Rich (1982)

Alice Walker The Color Purple (1983)

Alison Lurie Foreign Affairs (1985)

Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove (1986)

Anne Tyler Breathing Lessons (1989)

Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1990)

John Updike Rabbit at Rest (1991)

Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres (1992)

Robert Olen Butler A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain (1993)

E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News (1994)

Carol Shields The Stone Diaries (1995)

Richard Ford Independence Day (1996)

Michael Cunningham The Hours (1999)

Jhumpa Lahiri Interpreter of Maladies (2000)

Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2001)

Richard Russo Empire Falls (2002)

Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex (2003)

Edward P. Jones The Known World (2004)

Marilynne Robinson Gilead (2005)

Geraldine Brooks March (2006)

Cormac McCarthy The Road (2007)

Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008)

Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge (2009)

Paul Harding Tinkers (2010)

Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011)

Some Booker Prize Winners:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust (1975)

Anita Brookner Hotel Du Lac

Penelope Lively Moon Tiger (1987)

Peter Cary Oscar and Lucinda (1988)

A. S. Byatt Possession (1990)

Ben Okri The Famished Road (1991)

Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger (1992)

Michael Ondaatje The English Patient (1993)

Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1994)

Graham Swift Last Orders (1996)

Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things (1997)

Ian McEwan Amsterdam (1998)

Jim Coetzee Disgrace (1999)

Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin (2000)

Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)

Yann Martel Life of Pi (2002)

DBC Pierre Vernon God Little (2003)

Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty (2004)

John Banville The Sea (2005)

Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss (2006)

Anne Enright The Gathering (2007)

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (2008)

Hillary Mantel Wolf Hall (2009)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (2010)

Other Fiction:

Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale (Shortlisted for the Booker)

Cat’s Eye (Shortlisted for the Booker)

Jane Austen Sense & Sensibility


Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

Charles Dickens Great Expectations

Hard Times

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment

George Eliot Mill on the Floss

William Faulkner (Nobel Prize) The Sound and the Fury

Absalom, Absalom

Henry Fielding Tom Jones

Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier

E. M. Forster Howard’s End

A Passage to India

Ernest J. Gaines A Gathering of Old Men

Ernest Hemingway (Nobel Prize) The Sun Also Rises

John Gardner Grendel

Charlotte Gilman Herland

Graham Greene The Heart of the Matter

The Quiet American

Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Prize) July’s People

A Sport of Nature

Jeannette Haien The All of It

Thomas Hardy The Return of the Native

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Jude the Obscure

Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God

Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day

James Joyce Ulysses

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible

D. H. Lawrence Women in Love

Sons and Lovers

Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses

The Crossing

W. Somerset Maugham The Razor’s Edge

V. S. Naipaul Guerrillas

Tim O’Brien Going After Cacciato

George Orwell 1984

Caryl Phillips Cambridge

Reynolds Price Kate Vaiden

Good Hearts

Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Bram Stoker Dracula

William Styron Sophie’s Choice

William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair

John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize) The Winter of Our Discontent

Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway

The Voyage Out

Richard Wright Native Son

Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five

Some Non-Fiction that has had impact:

James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son

The Fire Next Time

Johnathan Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Jill Ker Conway The Road From Coorain

Antonia Fraser The Weaker Vessel

The Warrior Queens

Al Gore Earth in the Balance

Dexter Filkins The Forever War

Thomas Friedman The World is Flat

Alex Haley The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior

Jonathan Kozol Savage Inequalities

Mary Piper Reviving Ophelia

Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Anne Quindlen Thinking Out Loud

Sara Shandler Ophelia Speaks

Alice Walker In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens

Richard Wright Black Box

2 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    Out of your list, these are the ones I have read and found to be easy to read, entertaining, and good.

    Alice Walker The Color Purple (1983)

    George Orwell 1984

    Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five

    Alex Haley The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    I can only say what worked for me, but I hope this helps!

  • 9 years ago

    Yann Martel Life of Pi (2002)

    John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize) The Winter of Our Discontent

    Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (2008)

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