Fifty Favorite Books That I Have Read On Trips, On The Beach Or At Home

Fifty Favorite Books That I Have Read On Trips, On The Beach Or At Home

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Lemony Snicket   

How does a book make the favorites list? I remember it. I have a really bad memory  if it stays with me, it stays forever. I want a book to take me somewhere I haven’t been before, another time, another place, another pair of eyes.  There are  books that have taught me something and changed  how I see the world. Some  of them I have read more than once – under the covers with a flashlight.  I identify with certain characters.  There is this wonderful moment in reading where you think “You feel that way too? I thought that I was the only one.”

It was very hard to pick only fifty. My favorite books from many different stages of my life are here and in no particular order.  If you missed reading any…..they are good.

The Master And The Margarita   Mikhail Bulgakov  (Russian)

On The Road  Jack Kerouac (American)

Purge  Sofi Oksanen (Finnish)

The Chosen Chaim Potok  (American)

Love In the Time Of Cholera   Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombian)

Gone With the Wind  Margaret Mitchell (American)

Swann’s Way  (In Search Of Lost Time)  Marcel Proust  (French)

To Kill A Mockingbird  Harper Lee (American)

One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez  (Colombian)

All Over But The Shoutin’  Rick Bragg (American)

Snow  Orhan Pamuk  (Turkish)

The Fountainhead  Ayn Rand (American)

The Prophet  Kahlil Gibran  (Lebanese American)

Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand (American)

Don Quixote  Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish)

The Great Gatsby   F. Scott Fitzgerald  (American)

The Stranger  Albert Camus  (French)

The Giving Tree  Shel Silverstein (American)

Diary  Of A Young Girl  Anne Frank (Dutch)

The Old Man And The Sea  Ernest Hemingway (American)

The Kite Runner  Khalid Hosseini  (Afghan American)

For Whom The Bell Tolls  Ernest Hemingway (American)

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being  Milan Kundera  (Czech)

Middlesex  Jeffrey Eugenides  (American)

Siddhartha  Herman Hesse (German)

The Things They Carried  Tim O Brian (American)

Life Of Pi  Yann Martel (Canadian)

The Sun Also Rises  Ernest Hemingway (American)

Zorba The Greek  Nikos Kazantzakis  (Greek)

A Heart Breaking Work Of Staggering Genius  Dave Eggars (American)

The House of The Spirits  Isabel Allende  (Chilean)

Catcher In The Rye  J.D. Salinger  (American)

The Gulag Archipelago  Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (Russian)

Good Night Moon Margaret Wise Brown  (American)

Wild Swans  Jung Chang (Chinese)

Tuesdays With Morrie  Mitch Albom  (American)

The Painted Bird  Jerzy Kosinski (Polish American)

The Prince Of Tides  Pat Conroy (American)

Man’s Search For Meaning  Viktor Frankl  (Austrian)

Slaughterhouse Five  Kurt Vonnegut  (American)

War And Peace Leo Tolstoy  (Russian)

Metropolitan Life  Fran Liebowitz  (American)

The Razor’s Edge  Somerset Maugham  (British)

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test  Tom Wolfe (American)

Anna Karenina  Leo Tolstoy  (Russian)

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime  Mark Haddon (British)

All Quiet On The Western Front  Erich Maria Remarque  (German)

The Mambo Kings Sing Songs Of Love  Oscar Hijuelos  (American)

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler  Italo Calvino  (Italian)

Chronicles Of A Blood Merchant  Yu Hua (Chinese)

Please recommend some of yours.

Fly Safe,


9 thoughts on “Fifty Favorite Books That I Have Read On Trips, On The Beach Or At Home

  1. Jane,

    I wanted to tell you I enjoy reading your blogs and respect your sharing not only your travels but your feelings about traveling alone.



  2. I just finished The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami (sp?) It came out about 15 years ago, and takes place in modern Tokyo (with flashbacks). It’s magical. And fabulous. xo Colette

  3. I love that book and very impressed with anyone who reads Murakami. i knew that i liked you.
    It was very close to making the top fifty. Fifty is hard. Thanks Colette

  4. hello my friend, i too enjoy your blog very much!
    i’ve only read about half the books you recommended, so i have a lot of reading to do…
    here are 10 recommendations:
    the painted house, john grisholm
    ishmael, daniel quinn
    for one more day, mitch albom
    missing mom, joyce carol oates
    the alchemist, paulo coelho
    survival in auschwitz, primo levi
    the sixteen pleasures, robert hellenga
    a year in provence, peter mayle
    bonjour tristesse, francoise sagan
    the power of now, eckhart tolle
    i also like anything written by bill bryson, and paul theroux
    x eliana

    • thanks for reading it i have read many but not all of yours so thanks i also love bill bryson, peter mayle and paul theroux and mitch albom. I have some books to read now too.

  5. It’s a very interesting list of great books. I can imagine how tough it was to come up with such a fascistic list. I’m sure all these books/authors deserve to be here.

    To name some of my favorites here:

    Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children, Satanic Verses, Moor’s Last Sigh) – Indian/British
    Gunter Grass (Cat and Mouse) German
    Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood) Japanese
    Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go) British
    Franz Kafka (The Metamorphosis) German
    Ben Okri (The Famished Road) Nigerian /British

    I like these following authors too.
    Jumpa Lahiri (The Lowland) Indian American
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun) Nigerian
    Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti) Pakistani

    • Thanks for reading. now i have a list too. I’ve read Murakami but not that one. Ive read Never let Me Go and Metamorphosis would be 51. I’ve read lahiri but i have to check if it was that one. I have some reading to do. Thanks for these.

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