Books intellectual adults read

So the other day, I told my mother I wanted to start reading better literature. Modern Classics, adult books (adult in the sense of any book except those fluffy teenage YA romance books), memoirs, books that will make me think and examine my life.

So, here is my rough, running list of books that I feel would turn me into more of a grown up intellectual. I turn 20 this year. Becoming an adult should be a priority.

BOOKS INTELLECTUAL ADULTS READ (in no particular order)

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith (I read as a child. I think I missed the meaning so it doesn’t count.)
  • Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  • The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
  • The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway
  • Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolfe
  • Jesus the Christ- James E. Talmage
  • The Sound and the Fury- William Faulkner
  • A Streetcar named Desire- Tennessee Williams
  • Half Broke Horses – Jeanette Walls
  • The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom
  • White Oleander- Janet Fitch
  • The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
  • The Continuous Conversation- Brad Wilcox
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame -Victor Hugo
  • The Effect of Gamma-Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds- Paul Zindel
  • The Three Sisters- Anton Chekov
  • Rebecca -Daphne du Maurier
  • East of Eden -John Steinbeck
  • The Brothers Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Florida- Christine Schutt
  • Ordinary People- Judith Guest
  • Death Be Not Proud- John Gunther
  • The Infinite Atonement- Tad R. Callister
  • Just a Couple of Days- Tony Vigorito
  • Driving with Dead People -Monica Holloway
  • Growing up Amish- Ira Wagler
  • The God Who Weeps- Terryl L Givens, Fiona Givens
  • Light in August- William Faulkner
  • The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A Witness and a Warning- Ezra Taft Benson
  • Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
  • The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand
  • Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes
  • The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration- Tad R. Callister
  • The Age of Innocence- Edith Wharton
  • Dead Souls -Nikolai Gogol
  • The Golden Notebook- Doris Lessing
  • The Divine Comedy- Dante Alighieri
  • A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • For Times of Trouble – Jeffery R. Holland
  • The Bean Trees -Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bless the Beasts and Children- Glen Swarthout (read this before. Love it. Want to read again)
  • Just Kids- Patti Smith
  • The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker- Dorothy Parker
  • Joy in the Morning- Betty Smith
  • My Life in France- Julia Child
  • Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter- Kim Edwards
  • For Whom the Bells Toll – Ernest Hemingway
  • Devil in the Detail:  Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood- Jennifer Traig
  • The Pearl -John Steinbeck
  • North and South -Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Atlas Shrugged -Ayn Rand
  • Housekeeping- Marilynne Robinson
  • Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison
  • Maggie Now- Betty Smith
  • The Trial- Franz Kafka
  • Anywhere But Here- Mona Simpson
  • Girl, Interrupted- Susanna Kaysen
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  • A Long Way Gone- Ishmael Beah
  • The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’ve read this before, but I could stand to read it more)
  • Lucky- Alice Sebold
  • A Girl Named Zippy- Haven Kimmel
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe- Fannie Flagg
  • Autobiography of a Face- Lucy Grealy
  • The Awakening- Kate Chopin
  • The Happiness Project:  Or Why I spent a Year…- Gretchen Rubin
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Secret History- Donna Tartt
  • On the Road-  Jack Kerouac
  • The Quiet American- Graham Greene
  • A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
  • The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter- Carson McCullers
  • The Remains of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Age of Grief -Jane Smiley
  • You Must Remember This- Joyce Carol Oates
  • Lives of Girls and Women- Alice Munro

If you know of any great books that everyone ought to read, if they are an intellectual that is, let me know!


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