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Coming to Merida? Bring Books!

Changing Times For Books

Our Library collection depends almost entirely on donations of books and materials. This we know but what does it mean, practically speaking? It means that in the past, before e-readers, iPads and iPods, members and friends generously donated current reading materials, straight off the bestseller lists. Now that donation source has waned considerably as readers opt to download their favorites onto their devices. This also means our collection is not quite so current as in the past.

Bring Your Books To Merida

Members are asked to keep this in mind when returning to Merida for the winter: Pick up a top of the pops book at the airport and bring it to the Library after you have read it. All us MEL members will benefit.

True, donations do keep coming into the Library, various materials and not so current books but good reads just the same. In an effort to be savvy about what we should put on the shelves, we sought a yardstick by which to measure a book’s popularity and merit. We found several lists of the top 100 books in English of all time, lists compiled by academics and lists compiled by readers.

The list we chose to help make choices was “Fifty Books to Read Before You Die.” The Merida English Library has about 35 of those 50 books in our collection.

We bet many of you would like to add a suggestion to the list. We invite you to send in your suggestion for a must-include read. We can make up our own list based on what MEL readers think are worthwhile.


Adopt A Missing Book

Stay tuned to the website, where we will soon post the list of books on this list that can be found at the Merida English Library. When we have that list compiled, then we will ask all members to consider “adopting” one of those missing and to find a copy and bring it in. Our Acquisitions Committee will be ever so appreciative!

Here’s the starting list! Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions for additions to the list!


50 Books to Read Before You Die (Compiled by “Reading Matters”)

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JR Tolkien

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8. A Passage to India by EM Forster

9. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

11. A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul

12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

13. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

14. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

16. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

18. The Bible

19. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

20. Ulysses by James Joyce

21. The Quiet American by Graham Greene

22. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

23. Money by Martin Amis

24. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

27. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

28. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

30. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

31. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

33. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

34. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

35. The Outsider by Albert Camus

36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

37. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

39. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

40. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

42. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

43. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

44. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

45. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

46. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

47. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas

48. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

49. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante

50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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