Category Archives: Checklist

The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

In the finale, the results will be announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. . .  learn more.


Read marked in blue. On the To-read shelf marked in green.

1984 George Orwell
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving
A Separate Peace John Knowles
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
Another Country James Baldwin
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Beloved Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Call Of The Wild Jack London
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis
Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos
Dune Frank Herbert
Fifty Shades Of Grey (series) E. L. James
Flowers In The Attic V.C. Andrews
Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Game of Thrones (series) George R. R. Martin
Ghost Jason Reynolds
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Godfather Mario Puzo
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen
Heart Of Darkness Joseph Conrad
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy
The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
Looking for Alaska John Green
The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Martian Andy Weir
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
Moby-Dick Herman Melville
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
The Pillars of The Earth Ken Follett
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
The Shack William P. Young
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
The Sirens Of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
Tales of The City (series) Armistead Maupin
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
This Present Darkness Frank. E. Peretti
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Watchers Dean Koontz
The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

Download the checklist or take the quiz. Then let me know how many you’ve read.

Dr Seuss Checklist

It took me a while to find a good printable checklist of Dr. Seuss books, that included the ones he published under the names P.D. Eastman and Theo Lesieg . (If you’re interested I got this list from Lil Fingers.) I wanted to see how many of his books we’ve read, and work towards reading them all.

Books by Dr. Seuss that we’ve read is in blue. Read and owned in blue and bold.

As of 6/16/17 we’ve read 14. I think I’ll be checking a few of these out from the library soon, so watch for that number to skyrocket.

Update 6/21/17: After checking out several of the “unread” books I realized we had read them. I just didn’t remember the title for some reason.

Update 7/5/17: We’re up to 25 now. Every week when we go to the library we get a couple more. So far so good.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? How many of these have you read. Leave me a comment to let me know.

Dr Seuss Books

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
All Aboard Thidwick (The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss)
The Alphabet Book
Are You My Mother?
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Best Nest
The Big Brag
Big Dog Little Dog
The Butter Battle Book
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
The Cat in the Hat Songbook
The Cat in the Hat’s Great Big Flap Book
The Cat’s Quizzer
Come over to My House
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Dr Seuss’s ABC
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
The Eye Book
Fish Out of Water
Flap Your Wings
The Foot Book
Fox in Socks
Gerald McBoing Boing
Go, Dog. Go!
A Great Day for Pup
Great Day for Up
Green Eggs and Ham
Happy Birthday to You
Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Hop on Pop
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hears a Who
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hunches in Bunches
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, and Other Stories
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut (My personal favorite!)
I Can Write!: A Book by Me, Myself
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Beginners Books)
I Wish I Was Somebody New
If I Ran the Circus
If I Ran the Zoo
I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
In a People House
The King’s Stilts
The Lorax
Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!
McElligot’s Pool
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You
My Book About Me, by Me Myself
Oh Baby, the Places You’ll Go!
Oh Say Can You Say?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
On Beyond Zebra
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
Robert the Rose Horse
Sam and the Firefly
Scrambled Eggs Supper
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Ten Apples Up on Top!
The Sneetches and Other Stories
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
The Tooth Book
Wacky Wednesday
What Pet Should I Get?
What Was I Scared Of?
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
You’re Only Old Once!

The Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever (Checklist)

Taken from the IGN list: TOP 50 SCI-FI TV SHOWS (Cylons and Vulcans make our top 50, but does Alf?) To read about the show please check out IGN’s post. This is my checklist. Note this is IGN’s order not mine. Personally I think there are too many anime titles on this list. With so much great live action sci-fi tv to choose from I would have left off more of the anime and included shows like Dark Angel, Sliders, Dollhouse, and Earth 2. How in the world did Roughnecks get left off this list?!

I’ve seen 16 of the shows on this list. Watched full series marked in blue and bold. Watched partial series marked in blue. On the To-watch list marked in green. Have no intention of ever watching.

50 Space: Above and Beyond
49 Caprica
48 Star Trek: The Animated Series
47 Amazing Stories
46 The Invaders
45 The Wild Wild West
44 Roswell
43 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
42 Lost in Space
41 Voltron: Defender of the Universe
40 Eureka
39 Robotech
38 The Jetsons
37 Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman/G-Force)
36 Max Headroom
35 The Six Million Dollar Man
34 Aeon Flux
33 Stargate Universe
32 The Transformers
31 Nowhere Man
30 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
29 Cowboy Bebop
28 Life on Mars
27 The 4400
26 Neon Genesis Evangelion
25 Quantum Leap
24 The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr.
23 Alien Nation
22 Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato
21 Farscape
20 Red Dwarf
19 Stargate SG-1
18 Fringe
17 Torchwood
16 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
15 Futurama
14 V
13 Babylon 5
12 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
11 Mystery Science Theater 3000
10 Firefly
9 The Outer Limits
8 The Prisoner
7 Star Trek: The Next Generation
6 Lost
5 The X-Files
4 Doctor Who
3 The Twilight Zone
2 Star Trek
1 Battlestar Galactica