Riot & Frolic presents 91 books to make you smarter

17 Oct

You’ve all heard me talk about my friend’s blog Riot and Frolic. I actually followed her blog before we became friends because I love it so much – it’s an amazing and funny blog. Go check it out. And then come back here. I’ll wait…

Oh good, you’re back. Today she posted about books. I love to read, and I thought her list was awesome (other than the clear mistake of not including Crime and Punishment or Grapes of Wrath). So here, with her permission, is her blog post…


I’m getting dumber.  It’s a fact.  I use my computer and my smart phone too much, so my handwriting is deteriorating along with my spelling ability.  I spend a lot of time talking to people with a very limited vocabulary (because they’re under the age of 5).

I decided to compile a list of “CLASSIC BOOKS!!!” (use your moviefone voice).  Like those ones that I never read in middle school and high school that I was probably supposed to.

Taking suggestions from The Modern Library, The World Library, Time Magazine, The Guardian, some slightly random advice from Divine Caroline, and a trusty Facebook poll, I narrowed down a quite epic number to 91 books that are guaranteed to make me smarter.


Rules for the list, in case you are appalled that Tale of Two Cities or Twilight isn’t included:

  • I had to have heard of either of the book or the author.
  • Either the book or author had to be mentioned on 2 or more of the above-mentioned catalogs.
  • No author could have two entries (because Dickens and Shakespeare and Tolstoy make up like 20).

Here’s what I got…



Rules for the reading list:

  • No fair checking off ones you read 5, 10, or 20 years ago.
  • Reading real books is more fun, but many of them are free on iBooks, Kindle, Nook, and the like.
  • Pick up whatever looks interesting and START READING.

4 Responses to “Riot & Frolic presents 91 books to make you smarter”

  1. cathtravelsandteaches October 20, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    I love this list! Way better than mine. However I’ve already started mine, so I better keep going! Beware, Jane Austen… she is an aquired taste… I can’t stand her. And if the goal is to make your own writing better, avoid at all costs! She CAN’T PUNCTUATE!
    Enjoy 🙂

    • The Reinvented Lass October 20, 2012 at 7:02 am #

      Oh that’s funny. I actually love Jane Austen…her characters are great!

      • cathtravelsandteaches October 20, 2012 at 7:54 am #

        That I agree with, I do like the characters… I just hate how much dialogue she has, and the English teacher in me freaks out at the lack of punctuation.
        P.s. Made the spice cake – AMAZING.

      • The Reinvented Lass October 20, 2012 at 7:58 am #

        Haha thanks!

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