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Books to Be Tasted

“Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Francis Bacon

HEROIC ADVENTURE/FANTASY/HORROR Mary Stewart: The King Arthur Books (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow
Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day)
Richard Adams Watership Down Cynthia Voight: The Wings of a Falcon
Poul Anderson Three Hearts and Three Lions Walter Wangerin, Jr. The Book of the Dun Cow
Peter S. Beagle The Last Unicorn The Book of Sorrows
John Bellairs: The Face in the Frost T.H. White: The Once and Future King
James Blaylock All the Bells on Earth Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ray Bradbury: Dandelion Wine Tad Williams: Tailchaser's Song
Something Wicked This Way Comes Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (The Dragonbone Chair,
Terry Brooks: The Shannara Series (The Sword of Shannara, The Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower)
Elfstones of Shannara, The Wishsong of Shannara, etc.)
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Tarzan of the Apes Series
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell SCIENCE FICTION
Susan Cooper: The Dark is Rising Series (Over Sea, Under Stone, The
Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, etc) Edwin Abbott: Flatland
David Eddings: The Belgariad (Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc.
Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, etc.) Richard Adams The Plague Dogs
Raymond Feist The Riftwar Saga (Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Poul Anderson: The Time Patrol
Master, Silverthorn, etc.) Isaac Asimov: The Foundation Series (Foundation, Foundation and
William Goldman The Princess Bride Empire, Second Foundation, etc.)
H. Rider Haggard: King Solomon's Mines I, Robot
She The Caves of Steel
Robert E. Howard: The Conan Series The Naked Sun
Brian Jacques: The Redwall Series (Mossflower, Redwall, Mattimeo, etc.) Pierre Boulle: Planet of the Apes
Robert Jordan The Wheel of Time Series (The Eye of the World, etc.) Ben Bova: The Exiles Trilogy (Exiled from Earth, Flight of Exiles,
Katherine Kurtz: The Chronicles of the Deryni (Deryni Rising, Deryni End of Exile)
Checkmate, High Deryni) The Multiple Man
The Legends of Camber of Culdi (Camber of Culdi, Saint Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles
Camber, Camber the Heretic) The Illustrated Man
Stephen Lawhead: The Pendragon Cycle (Taliesan, Merlin , Arthur) Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game
Byzantium Arthur C.Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ursula LeGuin: The Earthsea Trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs Michael Crichton: Jurassic Park
of Atuan, The Farthest Shore) The Lost World
Fritz Leiber Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death, etc. The Andromeda Strain
C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Gordon Dickson: Dorsai!
Wardrobe, The Magician's Nephew, etc.) A. Conan Doyle: The Lost World
George MacDonald Lilith Jack Finney: Time and Again
Anne McCaffrey: Dragonsong Pat Frank: Alas Babylon
Dennis L. McKiernan The Iron Tower Trilogy (The Dark Tide, Shadows of Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers
Doom, The Darkest Day) Red Planet
Patricia McKillip The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Frank Herbert: Dune
The Book of Atrix Wolf John Hersey: The Child Buyer
George Orwell: Animal Farm L. Ron Hubbard: Battlefield: Earth
Frank Peretti This Present Darkness C.S. Lewis: The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra,
J. K. Rowling The Harry Potter Series That Hideous Strength)
Fred Saberhagen: Empire of the East Lois Lowry The Giver
Book of Swords Trilogy
The Books of Lost Swords
Christopher Stasheff The Warlock Series (The Warlock in Spite of Himself, The
Warlock Unlocked, etc.)

Books to Be Tasted
“Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Francis Bacon


Walter Miller, Jr.:
Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle
A Canticle for Leibowitz
The Mote in God’s Eye
Robert C. O'Brian: Z for Zachariah (Detective listed in parentheses)
George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four Isaac Asimov: Tales of the Black Widowers
Fred Saberhagen: The Berkerker Series (Berserker, Brother Assassin, John Ball: (Virgil Tibbs)
Berserker Man, Berserker's Planet, etc.) In the Heat of the Night
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein G.K. Chesterton: (Father Brown)
Nevil Shute: On the Beach The Complete Father Brown (short stories)
Harry Turtledove Guns of the South The Man Who Was Thursday
World War: In the Balance Agatha Christie: (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot)
H.G. Wells: The Time Machine Murder on the Orient Express
The War of the Worlds Curtain
The Island of Dr. Moreau The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Connie Willis Doomsday Book And Then There Were None
Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
The Moonstone
HISTORICAL FICTION Daphne DuMarier Rebecca
Erle Stanley Gardner: (Perry Mason)
Richard Adams: Traveller The Case of the Crooked Candle
James Clavell: Shogun The Case of the Perjured Parrot
Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Two Years Before the Mast The Case of the Angry Mourner
Lloyd C. Douglas: The Robe Anna Katherine Green The Leavenworth Case
Alexander Dumas: The Three Musketeers Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade)
Bette Greene: Summer of My German Soldier The Maltese Falcon
Alex Haley: Roots Georgette Heyer: (Inspector Hannasyde)
John Hersey: A Bell for Adano A Blunt Instrument
Marjorie Holmes: Two from Galilee Merely Murder
Three from Galilee Laurie R. King (Mary Russell)
Christopher Hudson: The Killing Fields A Monstrous Regiment of Women
Irene Hunt: Across Five Aprils Ralph McInerny: (Father Dowling)
Captain Frederick Marryat Mr. Midshipman Easy Her Death of Cold
Walter Dean Meyers Fallen Angels Desert Sinner
James Michener: The Source A.A. Milne: The Red House Mystery
The Covenant Joan Lowry Nixon: The Other Side of Dark
Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind The Name of the Game was Murder
Patrick O’Brien Master and Commander, etc. The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore
Baroness Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel Sr. Carol A. O'Marie: (Sister Mary Helen)
Erich Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front Advent of Dying
Kenneth Roberts: Northwest Passage A Novena for Murder
Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe The Missing Madonna
Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels Murder in Ordinary Time
Nevil Shute: A Town Like Alice Ellis Peters: (Brother Cadfael)
Elie Wiesel Night A Morbid Taste for Bones
Herman Wouk The Winds of War and War and Remembrance One Corpse Too Many
Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Ellery Queen: (Ellery Queen)
The King is Dead
The Greek Coffin Mystery

Books to Be Tasted
“Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Francis Bacon

MYSTERY/DETECTIVE - CONTINUED Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country

Chaim Potok: The Chosen
Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
The Promise
Dorothy Sayers: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
My Name is Asher Lev
Strong Poison
Upton Sinclair: The Jungle
The Nine Tailors
J.D. Salinger: Catcher in the Rye
Unnatural Death
Paul Zindel The Pigman
Clouds of Witness
Rex Stout: (Nero Wolfe)
And be a Villain
Jim Bishop: The Day Christ Died
The Second Confession
Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God
Too Many Cooks
The Tree of Life
Three Witnesses
The Life of St. Francis
Josephine Tey The Daughter of Time
G.K. Chesterton: St. Thomas Aquinas
Arthur Upfield: (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte)
St. Francis of Assisi
Murder Down Under
Dorothy Day: The Long Loneliness
The New Shoe
Louis DeWohl: The Quiet Light (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Death of a Lake
The Restless Flame (St. Augustine)
The Devil's Steps
Citadel of God (St. Benedict)
S.S. Van Dine: (Philo Vance)
Richard Foster: Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
The Benson Murder Case
Rumer Godden: In this House of Brede
The Bishop Murder Case
Thomas A Kempis: Imitation of Christ
Cynthia Voight: The Callender Papers
Peter Kreeft: Yes or No
Making Sense Out of Suffering
Prayer for Beginners
Brother Lawrence: The Practice of the Presence of God
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
C.S. Lewis: Miracles
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Mere Christianity
E.R. Braithwaite To Sir, With Love
The Problem of Pain
Robert Cormier The Chocolate War
The Great Divorce
I Am the Cheese
A Grief Observed
Edna Ferber: Giant
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
C.S. Forester: The African Queen
The Screwtape Letters
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Dorothy Sayers: The Man Born to Be King
Lieutenant Hornblower
Fulton Sheen: Life of Christ
Jostein Gaarder: Sophie's World
Franz Werfel: The Song of Bernadette
The Solitaire Mystery
Charles Williams War in Heaven
Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native
Jan Karon: The Mitford Years (At Home in Mitford, etc.)
W.P. Kinsella: Shoeless Joe
The Iowa Baseball Conspiracy
Andy Adams: The Log of a Cowboy
Rudyard Kipling: Captains Courageous
Clifton Adams: Tragg's Choice
The Jungle Book
Ann Ashlewede: Hunting Wolf
John Knowles: A Separate Peace
Verne Athanas: Maverick
Peace Breaks Out
Todhunter Ballard: Gold in California
Ian Lawrence Ghost Boy
Frank Bonham: Lost Stage Valley
Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
Sinclair Lewis: Arrowsmith
B.M. Bower: Chip of the Flying U
Michelle Magorian Goodnight, Mr. Tom
Max Brand: Destry Rides Again
Bernard Malamud: The Natural
Will C. Brown: The Nameless Breed
Walter Dean Meyers Monster

Books to Be Tasted
“Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Francis Bacon

WESTERN, continued Sources:

Anatomy of Wonder - Neil Barron, ed.
W.R. Burnett: Saint Johnson The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan - John Hardon, S.J.
Benjamin Capps: The Trail to Ogalla Great Books for Young Adults - Betty Carter
Sam Chance A Catalogue of Crime - Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor
Forrest Carter: The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales Fantasy: The 100 Best Books - James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock
Willa Cather: O Pioneers! Genre Favorites for Young Adults - Sally Estes, ed.
My Antonia The Lifetime Reading Plan - Clifton Fadiman
W. Van Tilburg Clark: The Ox-bow Incident The Mammoth Book of the Western - Jon E. Lewis, ed.
J. Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer Outstanding Books for the College Bound - Mary Ann Paulin and Susan Berlin
The Last of the Mohicans Read for Your Life
Vardis Fisher: Children of God Reading List for College Bound Students - Estell, Satchwell and Wright
Norman A. Fox: Night Passage Take and Read: Spiritual Reading – Eugene H. Peterson
Zane Grey: Riders of the Purple Sage
The Vanishing American from “The Pyramid of Books” by Mortimer Adler
Bill Gulick: A Drum Calls West
The Land Beyond
A.B. Guthrie: The Big Sky “The great majority of the several million books that
The Way West
Helen Hunt Jackson: Ramona have been written in the Western tradition alone—more than
Elmer Kelton: The Day the Cowboys Quit 99 percent of them—will not make sufficient demands on you
The Time it Never Rained
Oliver LaFarge: Laughing Boy for you to improve your skill in reading. This may seem like
Louis L'Amour: Hondo a distressing fact, and the percentages may seem an
Last Stand at Papago Wells
Alan LeMay: The Searchers overestimate. But obviously, considering the numbers
Elmore Leonard: Hombre involved, it is true. These are the books that can be read only
Valdez is Coming
Giles A. Lutz: The Honyocker for amusement or information. The amusement may be of
James Michener: Centennial many kinds, and the information may be interesting in all
Frank Norris: The Octopus
Wayne D. Overholser: The Violent Land sorts of ways. But you should not expect to learn anything of
Conrad Richter: The Sea of Grass importance from them. In fact, you do not have to read
The Light in the Forest
Jack Schaefer: Shane them—analytically—at all. Skimming will do.”
Luke Short: Savage Range
Owen Wister: The Virginian
Most of the books on this list are what Adler
NON-FICTION describes above: fun, interesting and well written, but not
Mortimer Adler How to Read a Book
Benjamin Franklin Autobiography life-changing. However, some of the books on this list can
John Gunther Death Be Not Proud have long-lasting effects on a person, especially those in the
Alex Haley The Autobiography of Malcolm X
James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small Religious section.
John Hersey Hiroshima For a list of books that will increase your skill as a
Farley Mowatt Never Cry Wolf
Gale Sayers I Am Third reader and have a profound effect on you, see the “Books to
Be Chewed and Digested” Reading List.