10 Books Every American Should Read (according to Huffington Post)

I like to think of myself as someone who reads for pleasure and not only for academic purposes. Sure, there were several books I *had* to read for a particular class or assignment, but there are certainly others that I have read for simple pleasure. As I get older, reading has become more of a priority. I like to read books that challenge me, make me think, make me wander, make me question, and, most importantly, make me crave for more. I like a variety of fiction and non-fiction, biographies, religious and spirituality, and, yes, even the 50 Shades Trilogy (it fits into multiple categories, I think). I subscribe to The Huffington Post and they recently published a list of 10 Books Every American NEEDS to Read.

How many of these books have you read? Leave a comment below!

Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776)

I’m pretty sure I read this book for American and British literature courses in college, perhaps even for advanced classes in high school, but I don’t remember anything specific.
I know it was in support of the 13 colonies breaking away from Great Britian’s rule. It’s year of publication (1776) is significant as that was the year the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and signed at the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

This particular time in America’s history ~ say, 1700 to 1900 ~ is my favorite period to study and discuss. I definitely paid attention in class!

The Federalist Papers by A.Hamilton, J.Madison, and J.Jay (1788)

Again, a book written during my favorite time in American history but I don’t think I’ve read this collection in its entirety. I know I’ve read bits and pieces for specific assignments and research projects though. These papers (or essays) were written to persuade the citizens of the United States of America to adopt (and accept) The Constitution.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)

According to Abraham Lincoln, Stowe was the “little lady who caused a war.” This book was a major factor in the anti-slavery movement. I read it multiple times.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885)

Read it once. I think this book is banned from most schools for its language. That’s disappointing considering Twain is still considered an icon of American literature.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

Don’t fret when I say this, but I have never read this book. I’ve watched the movie a gazillion and one times, does that count for anything? I have a sudden craving for popcorn and a day with Scarlett and Rhett. Want to join me for movie day at Ropin’ H Ranch!?!?!

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

Read this book in high school and college. It depicts the life of a family in Oklahoma forced to leave their farm during the Dust Bowl and brought much attention to the Great Depression.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)

I have *NOT* read this book. Sounds interesting. Intriguing. Mysterious.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

I have *NOT* read this book.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)

I have *NOT* read this book.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (1970)

I have *NOT* read this book, but I want to as soon as possible. I recently experienced the most incredible repentance and remembrance worship service honoring the history and heritage of Native Americans. They suffered great hardship at the hands of Christian Anglos. It was a very moving ceremony for me. It made an impact that I won’t forget. Ever.

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I love to read your comments. Tell me: What book(s) are on your summer reading list? Do you plan to read any of the titles mentioned here? Do you agree or disagree with this list?

REMINDER —–> Margaret Feinberg’s summer book club
featuring The Organic God begins Monday, June 11. Join me, plus many
others from around the world, in this adventure. It’s sure to please!

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  1. stspectator June 9, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Uncle Toms Cabin is a great book

  2. Celeste Zachry June 9, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I’m sad to say I’ve only read three on this list. They are Huck Finn, Gone With the Wind and Grapes of Wrath.

    However, I can, in complete honesty, say I will choose to never read the first two. Not my cup of tea 😉

    • Georgia McDaniel June 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      I have read 4 of the books, Huck Finn, Grapes of Wrath,Silent Spring and Gone with the Wind. I can’t believe the following books did not make the list: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I want to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin but don’t really see myself reading any of the others. Very interesting!

  3. Celeste Zachry June 13, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I agree there should be others on this list. Maybe 10 is far too short a list every American should read?

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