The TLC Reading List

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On June 5, 2005, Kathy Sweeny posted an article entitled “Summer Reading: High School” to The Lipstick Chronicles. It concerned the 'Summer reading list' sent home with high school students. Kathy shared her suggestions for summer reading. At the end, she dropped the gauntlet, “Okay - I have left the field wide open for your suggestions.  Let's hear them!”

Well guess what happens when you ask several authors, their fans, and assorted followers of a mystery writers blog for book selections? More than 150 different titles ranging from Chaucer to 2007 award winners. I took on the task of taking the posts, removing the duplicates and creating a list. Here it is.

This list does not include comments or the contributors. These can be found in the original post. Likewise, I have not added to much additional commentary.

So now, the first annual The Lipstick Chronicles Reading list:

These are multiple suggestions from the same author that were suggested as a single suggestion. It would be hard to go wrong with adding anything by Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, any of the Ian Fleming James Bond books or Mark Twain to your summer reading.



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S. E. Hinton

A few pulp era reprints, especially the tales of The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider and Fu Manchu

A selection of western novels by such folk as Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour and Luke Short

Any 10 Hugo award winners from the past 54 years



Edgar Rice Burroughs


Patrick Dennis


Barbara Kingsolver

Anything written by Robert Benchley, James Thurber or P.C. Wodehouse

Everything written by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft

Some really good erotica


The On Mars series

John Carter

Xanth series

Piers Anthony

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Here are the individual Titles (in alphabetical order)




George Orwell


Frank Herbert


Stephenie Meyer's

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

How Firm A Foundation

Marcus Grodi

Little Me

Patrick Dennis

Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

Pigman, The

Paul Zindel

Screwtape Letters, The

C.S. Lewis



30,000 Dollar Bequest, The

Mark Twain

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The

Sherman Alexie

Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass

Lewis Carrol

An Innocents Abroad

Mark Twain

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

Auntie Mame/Travels With Auntie Mame

Patrick Dennis

Awakening, The

Kate Chopin

Bean Trees, The

Barbara Kingsolver

Big Sleep, The

Raymond Chandler

Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Briar Rose

Jane Yolen

Brief History of Time, A

Steven Hawking

Bullfinch's Mythology

Thomas Bulfinch

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Dee Brown

Cannery Row

John Steinbeck

Case of Need, A

Michael Crichton

Casino Royale

Ian Fleming

Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Christmas Carol, A

Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

Stephen R. Donaldson

Ciderhouse Rules

John Irving

Complete Short Stories and Essays, The

Mark Twain

Crucible, The

Arthur Miller

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs"

Dave Barry

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

Diary Of Ann Frank

Anne Frank


Bram Stoker


Jane Austen

Farewell to Arms, A

Ernest Hemingway


August Wilson

For Your Eyes Only

Ian Fleming

Fountainhead, The

Ayn Rand


Mary Shelley

Genius, the

Theodore Dreiser

Go Tell It On the Mountain

James Baldwin

Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell

Good Earth, the

Pearl S. Buck

Grapes Of Wrath, The

John Steinbeck

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Gatsby, The

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift


William Shakespeare

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

Hound of the Baskervilles, The

A. Conan Doyle

Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

Illustrated Man, The

Ray Bradbury

Invisible Man, The

Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Joy In the Morning

Betty Smith

Joyous Season, The

Patrick Dennis

Jungle Books, The

Rudyard Kipling


Robert Louis Stevenson

King Lear

William Shakespeare

Kite Runner, The

Khaled Hosseini

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Light in August

William Faulkner

Light in the Forest, A

Conrad Richter

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Love and Mrs. Sargent

Patrick Dennis

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez


William Shakespeare

Maltese Falcon, The

Dashiell Hammett

Martian Chronicles, The

Ray Bradbury


Christa Wolf

Memos From Purgatory

Harlan Ellison

Merchant Of Venice, The

William Shakespeare


Franz Kafka


Jeffrey Eugenides

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Murder On The Orient Express

Agatha Christie

Namesake, The

Jhumpa Lahiri


Elie Wiesel

Odyessy, the


Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Once and Future King, The

TH White

Outsiders, The

Susan Eloise Hinton


Toni Morrison

Paradise Lost

John Milton

Pearl, The

John Steinbeck

Pickwick Papers, The

Charles Dickens

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A

James Joyce

Princess Of Mars, A

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Raisin in the Sun, A

Lorraine Hansberry

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Azar Nafisi


Daphne du Maurier

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Salt: A World History

Mark Kurlansky

Scarlet Letter, The

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Secret Life of Bees, The

Sue Monk Kidd

Secret Life of Houdini :

William Kalush, Larry Sloman, Adam Grupper

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Separate Peace, A

John Knowles

Sherlock Holmes

A. Conan Doyle

Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury

Stand, The /It /Salem's Lot

Stephen King

Study In Scarlet, A

A. Conan Doyle

Sun Also Rises, The

Ernest Hemingway

Tale Of Two Cities, A

Charles Dickens

Tarzan of the Apes

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

The Canterbury Tales, The


Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Thin Man, The

Dashiell Hammett

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Thirteenth Tale, The

Diane Setterfield

Three Musketeers, The

Alexandre Dumas, père

Three Theban Plays, The


Time Traveler's Wife, The

Audrey Niffenegger

To Have and Have Not

Ernest Hemingway

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee




Laurie R. King

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A

Betty Smith

Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray


Ha Jin

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

War Of The Worlds, The

H.G Wells

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen

Why Americans Hate Politics

EJ Dionne


Gregory Maguire

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

World According to Garp, The

by John Irving,

Yearling, The

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Other online book lists. I am sure there are more, but here you go.