Digital Collections Reading List

When we came across a “tribute list” in our collections, we couldn’t stop thinking about the Hunger Games trilogy—(Hey! Suzanne Collins! We’d be pretty into another series of districts set on a different continent, or in another time period)—and we realized there were a lot of other times we thought of books related to the collection, too. And thus, the Digital Collections Reading List was born.

This is a completely biased list from this writer’s experiences—if you’ve got other ideas of bookish inspiration from our collections, we’d love to know, so comment below!

  1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins 
    Inspired by Athenian Tribute List 15.
  2. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
    We’re hoping there are other worlds on the Aurora Borealis.

  3. Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming 
    There’s some race fixing at the horse track that didn’t make it to the film.
  4.  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    The Chutes/Playland area the Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, just the place you might meet an Eddie.
  5. The History of the Dividing Line by William Byrd
    The Andrew McCormick collection always make us think of the tale of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
  6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    Parties and forested bacchanals among Classically minded friends.
  7. “The Body” in Different Seasons by Stephen King
    Whether the movie or the book, it’s hard to shake the train scene.
  8. Drood by Dan Simmons
    Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens frequent London’s opium dens.
  9. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
    Passengers pictured here are floating down the Nile decades before Christie’s story.
  10. Musashi by Fiji Yoshikawa and Shōgun by James Clavell
    We are doubly inspired by the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era collection.
  11. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
    This is just in case the Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection of books isn’t enough on its own.
  12. No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews 
    A good pun is a strong reason to add a book to the TBR list.
  13. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
    Is he next to a portrait of himself?
  14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Not quite the raft, but a nice option for Huck and Jim.
  15. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    This book is not at all, and yet a bit like all three; maybe it’s the first-person narrative (quote page 6).




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