Book Bucket List

bookI believe that one of the best ways to grow as a person, both in personal and spiritual maturity, is to read. If you let them, books can challenge your belief system, as well as show you parts of yourself that you’ve never known existed. Since I am almost finished with my freshman year of college, I have developed a book bucket list for the next year as I start my twenties. My goal for this next year is to become the person I want to become. I want to challenge myself, be bold and ambitious, and grow closer to God. Of course, reading books may not necessarily make me become the person I want to become, but they will inspire me to become a stronger, braver, and wiser person.

I chose the books enumerated below for my bucket list for several reasons: 1.) Many of the books deal with issues that come with adulthood and growing up. 2.) They are books that will challenge my views. 3.) I want to know some of the greatest classic and modern works in literature.  4.) Some of the books I have always wanted to read, and I figure it is the perfect time to finally read them. 5.) By reading works from successful writers, I want to learn from them and develop my writing skills.

Check out my Book Bucket List, and maybe you’ll find your next summer read.

  1. Speedboat by Renata Adler
  2. Ten Days in a Mad House by Nelly Bly
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  7. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
  11. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
  12. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  13. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  14. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald
  17. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  19. Dancing on my Grave by Gelsey Kirkland
  20. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  21. 1984 by George Orwell
  22. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  23. The Unabridged Journals by Sylvia Plath
  24. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  25. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  26. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  27. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  30. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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2 Responses to Book Bucket List

  1. Nicole Contreras says:

    I recommend reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Didion. It is a collection of her Journalistic Essays. I think it’s a great place to start when reading her work, if you haven’t already. Clockwork Orange is also very intense, I loved it but it is not for everyone. Bird by Bird is absolutely wonderful. I recommend the Moon is Down for Steinbeck.

    • Sarah DunlapSarah Dunlap says:

      Thank you, Nicole! These are great recommendations, and I can’t wait to read them. Slouching Towards Bethlehem will definitely be next on my list.

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