On My Bookshelf, No. 7

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This is my bookshelf.


Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time.


In Our Time (1925) by Ernest Hemingway

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (1961) by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea (1952) by Ernest Hemingway

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934) by James Hilton

The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini

A Modern Instance (1882) by William Dean Howells

The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) by Willian Dean Howells

Les Miserables (1862) by Victor Hugo

Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley

The Lottery and Other Stories (1949) by Shirley Jackson

Have you read any of these? And did you enjoy them?

42 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf, No. 7

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  1. Love all the Hemingway! The Kite Runner literally made me faint. I read the particularly disturbing part while I was doing that 3-hour glucose fasting thing at the OB/GYN during my first pregnancy. Bam! So that book is a little tainted for me ;).

  2. Emily, so many good choices. One that caught my eye is “Brave New World.” When we read that in English in the 9th grade, I remember feeling very adult-like. I think we read “1984” and “Animal Farm” that year, as well. It was a coming of age. Thanks for the nice memory. BTG

  3. Nice books! I’ve read Old Man and the Sea (I actually named my son after the old man :-P), Les Mis, Brave New World, and maybe The Lottery. I say ‘maybe’ because I read a short story with that title back in high school but I don’t know if it’s the same one.

    1. Yes, “The Lottery” is the same short story. You’ve definitely read it. And that’s cool that you named your son after a literary character. Love it!

  4. I’ve read most of them, but I haven’t read any William Dean Howells yet. And I tried reading Les Miserables years ago but put it down. Haven’t tried again, although The Hunchback of Notre Dame is in my stack.

    1. I have to be honest that I had a hard time with Les Mis too. I powered through it eventually, but I prefer the play, with full acknowledgement that the greatness of the play definitely reflects on Hugo’s genius. You need to read some Howells. Great stuff!

      1. I got offended right at the beginning when the man stole the candlesticks from the nice priest, at least that’s what I remember. It was a long time ago.

  5. Ouch! I can only claim to have read two of the ones in this list, although I’ve heard of several of them. Good books!
    The two I have red are Les Miserables and The Old Man and the Sea. Loved them both! 🙂

  6. I enjoyed The Old Man and The Sea immensely, found Kite Runner vastly overrated, Les Miserables is well worth the effort, Brave New World is on par with 1984 (in my opinion), and Shirley Jackson is rather . . . disturbing.

    1. Again, you have described these perfectly. We should collaborate on a Twitter feed or tumbler site where I post pictures of books and you give them succinct reviews. 😉

  7. A lovely selection of book recommendations there! I’m currently tacking ‘The Kite Runner’ and am a huge fan of ‘Les Miserables’ (I must confess to watching the musical and film before reading the book, a big no no in my eyes!) Another confession- I’m not with the hype on ‘The Kite Runner’. It’s good, but not what I expected. If I were to describe it in one word it would have to be overrated. Probably just me! I’ve just done a blog post on my top five current (easy)reads. If you’re interested hop on over! I’ve just revamped it (deleted my previous one as it was far to cluttered) and was wondering whether you could give it some love! If not, no worries! However, I did explain my latest idea at the bottom of my last post – a sort of book club! I’d be interested to “collaborate” with you on it! You seem like the perfect person to share some literary passions with. Give it a thought!
    Charlotte 🙂

  8. You are sooo lucky. I live in a small Manhattan studio and sometimes I feel like my books are taking over the apartment. Yeah! for you that you have such a nice space for your books! Yeah!

      1. I couldn’t agree with you me. I love books as well. I have some in my Murphy UnitLOL, a few on the tv stand and the restSoLOL crammed into a small closet. Have a great day!!!

  9. If someone made me choose, Shirley Jackson would probably be my favorite author. Her writing is so clean yet descriptive while always making you think. Her short stories are gold. Her novels are fantastic as well. Very rarely do I want to turn around and start a book again as soon as I’ve finished it, but that was the case with We Have Always Lived In The Castle. And The Haunting Of Hill House, absolute classic.

  10. The only one of these I’ve read is “The Kite Runner” – before I’d ever heard of it; it was a gift – and I hated it. I really think it’s an awful, unnecessary book. Usually I have good words for books, really; but they all affect me so much that I feel like ones such as this should not have been written, and confuse me with their popularity. Do people recommend it because they feel like they should like it; that because it talks about Afghanistan, we whose countries have intervened there should read it and make ourselves feel those things? Like it’s a sort of penance, or a way to believe that we’ve done something to understand their experience? Do people recommend it because it makes them sound noble, intellectual, or on trend?

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