November 25, 2006 / Winter 2006

What’s On Your bookshelf?

Written by Idea File Staff

The best-laid plans of mice and men … can get messed up by travel agents.

if you do not know the original quote, you will not understand why this line might be amusing. Good writers read good writers so they can build upon a foundation, like John steinbeck did by reading poet robert burns for this line. so here is a fairly classic list of what the best-read people have read, and you should encourage your students to read. Why? so if someone asks them for whom the bell tolls, they will know.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Animal Farm
George Orwell

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens

Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams

The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck

The Giving Tree, The Light in the Attic
Shel Silverstein

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss

Hamlet
William Shakespeare

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott

The Lord of the Flies
William Golding

Moby Dick
Herman Melville

The Odyssey
Homer

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Silas Marner
George Eliot

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

Idea File Staff

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