That chill is in the air
Which the wise know well, and even have learned to bear.
This joy, I know,
Will soon be under snow.
The sun sets in a cloud
And is not seen.
Beauty, that spoke aloud,
Addresses now only the remembering ear.
The heart begins here
To feed on what has been.
Night falls fast.
Today is in the past.
Blown from the dark hill hither to my door
Three flakes, then four
Arrive, then many more.
Branch by branch
This tree has died. Green only
Is one last bough, moving its leaves in the sun.
What evil ate its root, what blight,
What ugly thing,
Let the mole say, the bird sing;
Or the white worm behind the shedding bark
Tick in the dark.
You and I have only one thing to do:
Saw the trunk through.
Distressed mind, forbear
To tease the hooded Why:
That shape will not reply.
From the warm chair
To the wind’s welter
Flee, if storm’s your shelter.
But no, you needs must part,
Fling him his release—
On whose ungenerous heart
Alone you are at peace.
Not dead of wounds, not borne
Home to the village on a litter of branches, torn
By splendid claws and the talk all night of the villagers,
But stung to death by gnats
What swamp I sweated through for all these years
Is at length plain to me.
Poor passionate thing,
Even with this clipped wing how well you flew!—though not so far as the forest.
Unwounded and unspent, serene but for the eye’s bright trouble,
Was it the lurching flight, the unequal wind under the lopped feathers that brought you down,
To sit in folded colours on the empty level field,
Visible as a ship, paling the yellow stubble?
Rebellious bird, warm body foreign and bright,
Has no one told you?—Hopeless is your flight
Towards the high branches. Here is your home,
Between barnyard strewn with grain and the forest tree.
Though Time refeather the wing,
Ankle slip the ring,
The once-confined thing
Is never again free.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
Asterisk the ones on your list
*Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series- J.K. Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
*Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
*Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
*Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
*Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
*The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
*Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
*The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
*Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
*Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
*Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
*Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
*Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
*The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
*Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
*The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
*A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
*Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
*Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
*Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
*On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
*Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
*Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
I completely forgot Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Its the true story about a boy who moved from Brooklyn to Ireland with an alcoholic father. Absolutely depressing and fabulous. They also made a movie of it.
I don’t like Nicholas Sparks either. Anyway, as I said before Atonement is definitely one of them. I would also say that the Pact by Jodi Picoult is really good but also really sad. This may seem like a lame answer but I feel that the Harry Potter books have some of the best love story lines in all of literature. I mean look at Snape in the 7th! and Ron and Hermione! Although I have not read the book yet (I usually do not like suggesting books that I have not read personally) I have seen the movie and Gone with the Wind, albeit lengthy is a really great love story.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss was so sad for me for some reason. I can’t really explain why, but it made me feel really sad. If you are interested in a kind of creepy, sad kind of book with Law and Order SVU type situations I recommend something like Room by Emma Donoghue or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. If a sad love story like Titanic is more up your alley, definitely read Atonement by Ian McEwan. Oh, and of course you can’t forget the Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides, that’s the epitome of depressing books. It has suicide right in its name!
A sad depressing book?
Atonement is sad and depressing.
So is Flowers for Algernon
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson is too.
It also depends on your age group, gender, reading level, etc.
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.” —Pablo Neruda
The Tale of Desperaux