Ten (Fiction) Books Every Sociologist Should Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Most of these will lean heavily toward science fiction or fantasy. In other life I was a sociology professor who taught at a mid-sized university. My dream course, the one I never got to teach, was one called Sociology through science fiction. We were going to include books, movies and TV as a way to explore sociological concepts. There have been a few books I would add to list I had back then but here are my top ten and one of the concepts illustrated in the story.

The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay A Canticle for Leibowitz  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus
 Inequality and Revolution  Religion  Stratification
 The Man Who Sold The Moon  Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited  The Forest of Hands and Teeth
 Capitalism  Eugenics  Culture
 Soylent Green Childhood’s End  The Left Hand of Darkness
 Overpopulation Race Gender
 Minority Report
 Crime and Punishment


it’s always ourselves we find in the sea: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Today Over at The Broke and the Bookish they are talking about Top Ten Beach Reads (however YOU define a beach read!). Sadly it is again another year where I will not get a beach vacation but I do get summer reading. Reading that is in turns easy, compelling, sometimes huge and sometimes smutty. Here is my list for my poolside, park picnic, and lazy, rainy day summer reading.

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

1. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – I have heard this compared to Gone Girl. I think I might have recovered from that enough to read another of a similar type.

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: A Novel

2. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne – I don’t even remember where I heard about this. But “viciously funny” sounds like something that needs to be on everyone’s beach list.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

3. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – David Sedaris is the author of Six to Eight Black Men and Me Talk Pretty One Day. Enough said.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

4. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani – It is looking like this is going to be my first summer book club pick. One of the people who voted for it said “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp is ‘full of scandal, sex, and secrets….’ What else does a book in a book club need?”

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – And this will be the second pick for the book club. They will not get a vote. They will not get a choice and they will LOVE IT! And my copy will be signed. SQUEEEE!

Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
6. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness – I read this first one last summer and I am looking forward to some pool time and this time traveling, vampire witch loving, 600 page sequel.

The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel

7. The Twelve (The Passage, #2) by Justin Cronin – I also read the first of these summer of 2011, 800 pages in 3 days. I read everywhere. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to get to the sequel. Maybe because now I will not have to wait so long for the third which comes out in 2014.

The Shining Girls: A Novel

8. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes – Time Traveling Serial Killer? Yup. And this has gotten some great buzz.

 Doll Bones

9. Doll Bones by Holly Black – Seriously creepy stuff. China dolls and curses and parents deciding when you too old to play.

Riveted (A Novel of the Iron Seas)

10. Riveted (Iron Seas, #3) by Meljean Brook – Steampunk smut, almost as good as kilt porn but more respectable poolside. I am Loved the first of this series.

100 Children’s Novels

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So in the way that memes do, I found this list of 100 Children’s novels at Tif Talks Books, who in turn found it from Amber from The Literary Wife who linked to it on Fuse #8’s Top 100 Children’s Novels. I figured I am way, way over my challenge limit for the year but I will think about these as choices for reading to the girls and might seek some out if they fit into my other challenges.  For now, I will bold those that I have read. This also dovetails with the new book 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. 1001 is too long for here but you can be sure that I will be thinking about a challenge for that one next year.



  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  11. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  13. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  15. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  16. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  17. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  18. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  20. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  21. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan
  22. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
  23. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  25. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  26. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  27. A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  28. Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  30. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  31. Half Magic by Edward Eager
  32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  33. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  34. Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  35. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  36. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  39. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  42. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls
  43. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  45. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  46. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  47. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  48. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  49. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  50. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  51. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  53. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  54. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  55. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  59. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  61. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  62. The Secret of the Old Clock (The Nancy Drew mysteries) by Caroline Keene
  63. Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  64. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  65. Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild
  66. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  68. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  69. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  70. Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  71. Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  72. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  73. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  74. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  75. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  76. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  77. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  78. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  79. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  80. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  82. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  83. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  84. Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  85. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  87. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  88. The High King by Lloyd Alexander
  89. Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary
  90. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  92. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  93. Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink
  94. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  95. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  96. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  98. Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  99. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  100. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder