Monday, April 2, 2012

My List (Michelle's List)

Okay, so my original plan was to make a list of 50 to read over the 5 years, but...well, you know...once I started listing, I was like a kid in a candy store.  ;O)  My intent:

Revised list below. New additions marked with an *

Read the 97 Non-Fiction books listed 
Time frame:  April 2, 2012 - April 2, 2017  January 3, 2016 - January 3, 2026

The List 
Categorized, but in no particular order. As in the Classics Club, I own every book on this list.

1.   Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust without Reason by Anne Roiphe
2.   David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka
3.   Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan
4.   Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
5.   John Adams by David McCullough
6.   King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
7.   Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Riesen Read 2015 - not reviewed
8.   Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
Alison Weir
9.   Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings (Weir)
10. Queen Isabella (Weir)
11. The Princes in the Tower (Weir)
12. Marie Antoinette by Evelyne Lever
13. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd
15. Vincent Price by Victoria Price
16. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade
17. Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
18. The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy by Donald R. Hettinga  Read 2015 - not reviewed
19. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
20. The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis-A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
21. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
22. A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
23. Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford*
24. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch*
25. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup*
26. All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith*
27. Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman*
28. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan*
29. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand*

30. Sagas of Icelanders
31. In Search of Dracula: History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu
32. Mythology by Edith Hamilton*

33. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
34. The Burning of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke
35. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
36. In the Footsteps of Alexander by Michael Wood
37. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
38. The Murder of Helen Jewitt by Patricia Cline Cohen
39. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
40. The Queen's Necklace by Frances Mossiker
41. Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen  Read 2015 -  not reviewed
42. She-Wolves by Helen Castor
43. The Vikings by Robert Ferguson
44. The Life and Death of a Druid Prince by Anne Ross and Don Robins
45. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
46. The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
47. Royal Panoply: Brief Lives of the English Monarchs by Carolly Erickson
48. The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe
49. Chronicle of the Roman Republic by Philip Matyszak
50. Chronicle of the Pharaohs by Peter A. Clayton
51. Imagining Atlantis by Richard Ellis
52. Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World by David King
53. The Vanished Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World by Luciano Canfora
54. The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
55. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
56. Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
57. The Enemy Within: 2000 Years of Witch Hunting in the Western World by John Demos
58. The Salem Witch Trials: A Day by Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach
59. The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly*
60. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann*
61. The Histories by Herodotus*
62. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff*
63. Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff*
64. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick*

65. A History of Ghosts by Peter Ackroyd
66. Piercing the Darkness by Katherine Ramsland
67. Don't Kiss Them Goodbye by Alison DuBois

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Lectures on the History of Philosophy
68. Greek Philosophy to Plato (Hegel)
69. Plato and the Platonists (Hegel)
70. Medieval and Modern Philosophy (Hegel)
71. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
72. Writings by Thomas Jefferson

73. Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
74. The Bible is History by Ian Wilson
75. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
76. Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Harry Lincoln
77. Cracking the Bible Code by Jeffrey Satinover
78. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Geza Vermes
79. Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin
80. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture by John Shelby Spong*
81. Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong*

82. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder by Holly Tucker
83. Gods, Graves, and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology by C.W. Ceram
84. The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
85. The Illustrated Origin of Species by Charles Darwin--Abridged and Introduced by Richard E. Leakey (will read in conjunction with the original Origin of Species)
86. Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller
87. The Lost Tomb by Kent R. Weeks, Ph.D.
88. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
89. Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins by Paul Jordan
90. Dinosaur Hunters: Eccentric Amateurs and Obsessed Professionals by David A.E. Spalding

91. Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd

Women's Studies 
92. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
93. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
94. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

95. The Joy of Books by Eric Burns
96. Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg
97. History of American Literature by Reuben Post Halleck, MA (my edition was printed in 1911! It's a wonderful old book.)

Alternates (to be determined)


  1. The Professor and the Madman is really good. I've also read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, but I read it a long time ago and can't remember much about it. Your whole list sounds interesting!

  2. Great list there. I have to add more of the books I want to read to my list.

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  4. Fictional 100 /LucyAugust 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Hi, Michelle! Just discovered this one! Looks great. I'm coming to grips with the long-term nature of all reading plans, so I just started one for Icelandic, Scandinavian literature, history, etc. I also have Sagas of the Icelanders and Ferguson's Vikings book on it. I really liked Ferguson's book, by the way, and I'm still reading the Sagas. I haven't put my list up yet, but I did get the first post and About page up--I'll send you the link. Good luck with this! Glad we're sometimes doing non-fiction/history on Tuesday chats now too.

  5. Be careful reading Holy Blood Holy Grail. It is the main background book to the Book and Movie called The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) which speculated that Jesus was married and had children. This book may change your life. It certainly changed mine!! Because of that book, I finally decided that I no longer believed in the christian religion (the one I had been raised in), So I left the church and I am now a Deist!!
    Also anything by Simon Winchester is good. I loved his book, the Professor and the Madman. I also read How the Irish Saved Civilization and Fingerprints of the Gods both many years ago. Both good books. I have a similar titled book on my list called How the Scots INVENTED the modern world!! LOL
    One question - Do you have links from your list to any of your reviews? Your list started more than 3 years ago, but with no links from this list to the reviews, I dont know how far you have gotten through your list. Nor can I read them. Thanks.

    1. Francesca...I have been seriously lax with this challenge...both hosting and participant wise. I need to update a lot of stuff so bear with me. I have not reviewed any of the books I've read from my list (frown) and believe me, I haven't read many. Demands on my time have increased ten fold over the past three years so I get behind on everything. I will go through the list and strike through what I've read.

      I'm glad you joined the challenge! I'm also in the Classics Club, but I think I'm going to redo my list for that and this (change things up a bit) and start over. I think I'm allowed since going through a divorce and other life changes in the past 3 years. What do you think? lol

      Yeah, the whole religion thing is something my mom and I have been talking about a lot lately. We must be Deists as well (just didn't know what to call ourselves) because we believe similarly. We've been dealing with my sister and her kids "finding God" lately and it has been difficult because we are so at odds now. Oh well. I believe what I believe.

      So, bear with me, if you will, Francesca. I will get everything updated soon. And again...I'm so glad you discovered my challenge. Welcome!

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