On one of my chalkboards in my classroom I have "Things to do before you Die." Every day I write two things I think my students should do before they die. I got the idea when an ex-gf gave me a book 2001 Things to Do Before you Die. Tomorrow when the kids come into 205 they will see under the "Things to do before you Die, Read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Memorize a dozen poems."
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." --Edward Abbey
Love love love this thread, though I reserve the right to add to or amend my list at any time.
Off the top of my head, and in no particular order...
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves -- Lynne Truss
The Awakening -- Kate Chopin
The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini
My Sister's Keeper -- Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes -- Jodi Picoult
The Lovely Bones -- Alice Seybold
Memoirs of a Geisha -- Arthur Golden
She's Come Undone -- Wally Lamb
We Were the Mulvaneys -- Joyce Carol Oates
The Double Bind -- Chris Bohjalian
Night -- Elie Wiesel
The Burn Journals -- Brent Runyon
The Boy in Striped Pyjamas -- John Boyne
In My Hands -- Irene Gut Opdyke
A Clockwork Orange -- Anthony Burgess
More to come... looking forward to getting recommendations from others too.
Wow! We like the same type of books...I've read lots of these and want to read others...
Totally agree about Memoirs of a Geisha and The Lovely Bones. Oh, and Walt Whitman! Was trying to think of his name last night and couldn't remember it...kept thinking William James for some reason? But it's Walt Whitman.