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 Richard Adams Poul Anderson Peter S. Beagle John Bellairs: James Blaylock Ray Bradbury: Terry Brooks: Edgar Rice Burroughs: Susanna Clarke Susan Cooper: David Eddings: Raymond Feist William Goldman H. Rider Haggard: Robert E. Howard: Brian Jacques: Robert Jordan Katherine Kurtz: Watership Down Three Hearts and Three Lions The Last Unicorn The Face in the Frost All the Bells on Earth Dandelion Wine Something Wicked This Way Comes The Shannara Series (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, The Wishsong of Shannara, etc.) The Tarzan of the Apes Series Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell The Dark is Rising Series (Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, etc) The Belgariad (Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, etc.) The Riftwar Saga (Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Master, Silverthorn, etc.) The Princess Bride King Solomon's Mines She The Conan Series The Redwall Series (Mossflower, Redwall, Mattimeo, etc.) The Wheel of Time Series (The Eye of the World, etc.) The Chronicles of the Deryni (Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, High Deryni) The Legends of Camber of Culdi (Camber of Culdi, Saint Camber, Camber the Heretic) The Pendragon Cycle (Taliesan, Merlin , Arthur) Byzantium The Earthsea Trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore) Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death, etc. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Magician's Nephew, etc.) Lilith Dragonsong The Iron Tower Trilogy (The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom, The Darkest Day) The Forgotten Beasts of Eld The Book of Atrix Wolf Animal Farm This Present Darkness The Harry Potter Series Empire of the East Book of Swords Trilogy The Books of Lost Swords The Warlock Series (The Warlock in Spite of Himself, The Warlock Unlocked, etc.) Mary Stewart: Cynthia Voight: Walter Wangerin, Jr. T.H. White: Oscar Wilde: Tad Williams: The King Arthur Books (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day) The Wings of a Falcon The Book of the Dun Cow The Book of Sorrows The Once and Future King The Picture of Dorian Gray Tailchaser's Song Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower)

Edwin Abbott: Douglas Adams: Richard Adams Poul Anderson: Isaac Asimov: Flatland The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc. The Plague Dogs The Time Patrol The Foundation Series (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, etc.) I, Robot The Caves of Steel The Naked Sun Planet of the Apes The Exiles Trilogy (Exiled from Earth, Flight of Exiles, End of Exile) The Multiple Man The Martian Chronicles The Illustrated Man Ender's Game 2001: A Space Odyssey Jurassic Park The Lost World The Andromeda Strain Dorsai! The Lost World Time and Again Alas Babylon Starship Troopers Red Planet Dune The Child Buyer Battlefield: Earth The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength) The Giver

Pierre Boulle: Ben Bova:

Ray Bradbury: Orson Scott Card: Arthur C.Clarke: Michael Crichton:

Stephen Lawhead: Ursula LeGuin: Fritz Leiber C.S. Lewis George MacDonald Anne McCaffrey: Dennis L. McKiernan Patricia McKillip George Orwell: Frank Peretti J. K. Rowling Fred Saberhagen:

Gordon Dickson: A. Conan Doyle: Jack Finney: Pat Frank: Robert Heinlein: Frank Herbert: John Hersey: L. Ron Hubbard: C.S. Lewis: Lois Lowry

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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

Walter Miller, Jr.: Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle Robert C. O'Brian: George Orwell: Fred Saberhagen: Mary Shelley: Nevil Shute: Harry Turtledove H.G. Wells: A Canticle for Leibowitz The Mote in God’s Eye Footfall Z for Zachariah Nineteen Eighty-Four The Berkerker Series (Berserker, Brother Assassin, Berserker Man, Berserker's Planet, etc.) Frankenstein On the Beach Guns of the South World War: In the Balance The Time Machine The War of the Worlds The Island of Dr. Moreau Doomsday Book

(Detective listed in parentheses) Tales of the Black Widowers Isaac Asimov: John Ball: (Virgil Tibbs) In the Heat of the Night G.K. Chesterton: (Father Brown) The Complete Father Brown (short stories) The Man Who Was Thursday Agatha Christie: (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot) Murder on the Orient Express Curtain The Mysterious Affair at Styles And Then There Were None Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White The Moonstone Daphne DuMarier Rebecca Erle Stanley Gardner: (Perry Mason) The Case of the Crooked Candle The Case of the Perjured Parrot The Case of the Angry Mourner Anna Katherine Green The Leavenworth Case Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade) The Maltese Falcon Georgette Heyer: (Inspector Hannasyde) A Blunt Instrument Merely Murder Laurie R. King (Mary Russell) A Monstrous Regiment of Women Ralph McInerny: (Father Dowling) Her Death of Cold Desert Sinner A.A. Milne: The Red House Mystery The Other Side of Dark Joan Lowry Nixon: The Name of the Game was Murder The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore Sr. Carol A. O'Marie: (Sister Mary Helen) Advent of Dying A Novena for Murder The Missing Madonna Murder in Ordinary Time Ellis Peters: (Brother Cadfael) A Morbid Taste for Bones One Corpse Too Many Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination Ellery Queen: (Ellery Queen) The King is Dead The Greek Coffin Mystery

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Richard Adams: James Clavell: Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Lloyd C. Douglas: Alexander Dumas: Bette Greene: Alex Haley: John Hersey: Marjorie Holmes: Christopher Hudson: Irene Hunt: Captain Frederick Marryat Walter Dean Meyers James Michener: Margaret Mitchell: Patrick O’Brien Baroness Orczy: Erich Remarque: Kenneth Roberts: Sir Walter Scott: Michael Shaara: Nevil Shute: Elie Wiesel Herman Wouk Traveller Shogun Two Years Before the Mast The Robe The Three Musketeers Summer of My German Soldier Roots A Bell for Adano Two from Galilee Three from Galilee The Killing Fields Across Five Aprils Mr. Midshipman Easy Fallen Angels The Source The Covenant Gone With the Wind Master and Commander, etc. The Scarlet Pimpernel All Quiet on the Western Front Northwest Passage Ivanhoe The Killer Angels A Town Like Alice Night The Winds of War and War and Remembrance


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

Mary Roberts Rinehart: Dorothy Sayers: The Circular Staircase (Lord Peter Wimsey) Strong Poison The Nine Tailors Unnatural Death Clouds of Witness (Nero Wolfe) And be a Villain The Second Confession Too Many Cooks Three Witnesses The Daughter of Time (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte) Murder Down Under The New Shoe Death of a Lake The Devil's Steps (Philo Vance) The Benson Murder Case The Bishop Murder Case The Callender Papers

Alan Paton: Chaim Potok:

Upton Sinclair: J.D. Salinger: Paul Zindel

Cry, the Beloved Country The Chosen The Promise My Name is Asher Lev The Jungle Catcher in the Rye The Pigman

Rex Stout:

Josephine Tey Arthur Upfield:

S.S. Van Dine:

Cynthia Voight: GENERAL FICTION Louisa May Alcott: Maya Angelou E.R. Braithwaite Robert Cormier Edna Ferber: C.S. Forester:

Jostein Gaarder: Thomas Hardy: Jan Karon: W.P. Kinsella: Rudyard Kipling: John Knowles: Ian Lawrence Harper Lee: Sinclair Lewis: Michelle Magorian Bernard Malamud: Walter Dean Meyers

Little Women I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings To Sir, With Love The Chocolate War I Am the Cheese Giant The African Queen Mr. Midshipman Hornblower Lieutenant Hornblower Sophie's World The Solitaire Mystery The Return of the Native The Mitford Years (At Home in Mitford, etc.) Shoeless Joe The Iowa Baseball Conspiracy Captains Courageous The Jungle Book A Separate Peace Peace Breaks Out Ghost Boy To Kill a Mockingbird Arrowsmith Goodnight, Mr. Tom The Natural Monster

RELIGIOUS FICTION/NON-FICTION Jim Bishop: The Day Christ Died The Soul's Journey into God Bonaventure: The Tree of Life The Life of St. Francis St. Thomas Aquinas G.K. Chesterton: St. Francis of Assisi The Long Loneliness Dorothy Day: The Quiet Light (St. Thomas Aquinas) Louis DeWohl: The Restless Flame (St. Augustine) Citadel of God (St. Benedict) Richard Foster: Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home Rumer Godden: In this House of Brede Thomas A Kempis: Imitation of Christ Peter Kreeft: Yes or No Making Sense Out of Suffering Prayer for Beginners Brother Lawrence: The Practice of the Presence of God Miracles C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity The Problem of Pain The Great Divorce A Grief Observed Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer The Screwtape Letters The Man Born to Be King Dorothy Sayers: Life of Christ Fulton Sheen: Franz Werfel: The Song of Bernadette Charles Williams War in Heaven WESTERN Andy Adams: Clifton Adams: Ann Ashlewede: Verne Athanas: Todhunter Ballard: Frank Bonham: B.M. Bower: Max Brand: Will C. Brown: The Log of a Cowboy Tragg's Choice Hunting Wolf Maverick Gold in California Lost Stage Valley Snaketrack Chip of the Flying U Destry Rides Again The Nameless Breed


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 W.R. Burnett: Benjamin Capps: Forrest Carter: Willa Cather: W. Van Tilburg Clark: J. Fenimore Cooper: Vardis Fisher: Norman A. Fox: Zane Grey: Bill Gulick: A.B. Guthrie: Helen Hunt Jackson: Elmer Kelton: Oliver LaFarge: Louis L'Amour: Alan LeMay: Elmore Leonard: Giles A. Lutz: James Michener: Frank Norris: Wayne D. Overholser: Conrad Richter: Jack Schaefer: Luke Short: Owen Wister: NON-FICTION Mortimer Adler Benjamin Franklin John Gunther Alex Haley James Herriot John Hersey Farley Mowatt Gale Sayers Saint Johnson The Trail to Ogalla Sam Chance The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales O Pioneers! My Antonia The Ox-bow Incident The Deerslayer The Last of the Mohicans Children of God Night Passage Riders of the Purple Sage The Vanishing American A Drum Calls West The Land Beyond The Big Sky The Way West Ramona The Day the Cowboys Quit The Time it Never Rained Laughing Boy Hondo Last Stand at Papago Wells The Searchers Hombre Valdez is Coming The Honyocker Centennial The Octopus The Violent Land The Sea of Grass The Light in the Forest Shane Savage Range The Virginian Sources: Anatomy of Wonder - Neil Barron, ed. The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan - John Hardon, S.J. Great Books for Young Adults - Betty Carter A Catalogue of Crime - Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor Fantasy: The 100 Best Books - James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock Genre Favorites for Young Adults - Sally Estes, ed. The Lifetime Reading Plan - Clifton Fadiman The Mammoth Book of the Western - Jon E. Lewis, ed. Outstanding Books for the College Bound - Mary Ann Paulin and Susan Berlin Read for Your Life Reading List for College Bound Students - Estell, Satchwell and Wright Take and Read: Spiritual Reading – Eugene H. Peterson

from “The Pyramid of Books” by Mortimer Adler “The great majority of the several million books that have been written in the Western tradition alone—more than 99 percent of them—will not make sufficient demands on you for you to improve your skill in reading. This may seem like a distressing fact, and the percentages may seem an overestimate. But obviously, considering the numbers involved, it is true. These are the books that can be read only for amusement or information. The amusement may be of many kinds, and the information may be interesting in all sorts of ways. But you should not expect to learn anything of importance from them. In fact, you do not have to read them—analytically—at all. Skimming will do.” Most of the books on this list are what Adler describes above: fun, interesting and well written, but not life-changing. However, some of the books on this list can have long-lasting effects on a person, especially those in the Religious section. For a list of books that will increase your skill as a reader and have a profound effect on you, see the “Books to Be Chewed and Digested” Reading List. 4

How to Read a Book Autobiography Death Be Not Proud The Autobiography of Malcolm X All Creatures Great and Small Hiroshima Never Cry Wolf I Am Third

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