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Remembering Jennifer Paustenbaugh: 100 Great Books


On November 23, 2019, Jennifer Ford Paustenbaugh, BYU’s University Librarian, passed away following a long battle with breast cancer.

Paustenbaugh left a legacy of making library services and programs more student focused. Her work led to new ways for students to access scholarly resources and to student-focused changes to the library building. The Library has continued to build on her plans for improvements to ensure that students will benefit from her influence for years to come.

To mark the one year anniversary of her death, colleagues suggested that the Library look for something that symbolized her love of learning. One of her last goals was to read 100 great books. With that in mind library employees set out to collect 100 titles that they would recommend. Being library people, they quickly came up with well over 100, but the list has been narrowed down to fit the original goal. If you need more suggestions, you are always welcome to ask any library employee.

Most of these books are available from the library and others can be obtained through inter-library loan. Some are books we know she read, Anna Karenina, for example, and others are books our staff would have suggested to her.

Author Title BYU Library

Call #

Charles C. Mann 1491 : New revelations of the Americas before Columbus by E 61 .M266 2006
David McCullough 1776 E 208 .M396 2005
George Orwell 1984 PR 6029 .R8 N4944 1987
Mark Twain Adventures of Huckleberry Finn PS 1305 .A1
Irving Stone Agony and the Ecstasy, The PS 3537 .T669 A72 1961
Paulo Coelho Alchemist, The (Portuguese: O Alquimista) PQ9698.13.O3546 A813x
Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland 823 D66a 1990
Ronald C. White American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant E 672 .W48 2016
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina PG 3366 .A6 1939 vol.2
Parley P. Pratt Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt BX 8670.1 .P886 1985
Levi S. Peterson Backslider, The BX 8688.3 .P4425b 1986
Charles Dickens Bleak House PR 4556 .A1 1991
Markus Zusak Book Thief, The 823 Z89b
Trevor Noah Born a Crime: stories from a South African childhood PN 2287 .N557 A3 2016
C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia 823 L585c 2004
Attributed to Confucius; translation by Edward G. Slingerland Confucius Analects: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries PL 2478 .L8 2003
Alexandre Dumas Count of Monte Cristo, The PQ 2226 .A31 1996
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment PG 3326 .P7 1964
Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop PS 3505 .A87 D4 1999
Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy, The (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise) PQ 4315 .W5
John Steinbeck East of Eden St34ea
Orson Scott Card Ender’s Game PZ 4 .C178 E52 1991
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 PS 3503 .R167 F318 2007
Buck Brannaman Faraway Horses, The
Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd PR 4745 .A1 1962
Mary Shelley Frankenstein PR 5397 .F7 1977
Jason Reynolds Ghost 813 R3345tr bk.1
Maureen Whipple Giant Joshua BX 8688.3 .W57g 1976
Marilynne Robinson Gilead PS 3568 .O3125 G55 2004
Pearl S. Buck Good Earth, The PS 3503 .U198 G6 2004
Alex Bellos Grapes of Math, The: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath, The PS 3537 .T3234 G8 1986
C.S. Lewis Great Divorce, The BR 83 .L48 1996 vol.2
F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby, The PS 3511 .I9 G7 2002 pt.2
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy 813 F57h
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter 823 R797h
Catherine Ryan Hyde Have You Seen Luis Velez? Popular Reading

H 995 ha

Johanna Spyri Heidi 833 Sp99h 1996
Kathryn Stockett Help, The PS 3619 .T636 H45 2009
Peter Wohlleben Hidden Life of Trees, The: what they feel, how they communicate: discoveries from a secret world QK 475 .W6413x 2016
Corrie Ten Boom Hiding Place, The D 811.5 .T427x 1995
Richard Llewellyn How Green Was My Valley PR 6023 .L47 H6
Matt Parker Humble Pi: A comedy of maths errors QA 99 .P375x 2018
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings E 185.97 .A56 A3 1969
Rebecca Skloot Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , The RC 265.6 .L23 S55
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Inherit the Wind, a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee PS 3523 .A934 I6 2003
Susanna Clark Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell C556jo
Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy: A story of justice and redemption KF 9223 .S74x 2014
Eleanor Herman and Peggielene Bartels King Peggy
Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths PQ 7797 .B635 A29 1983
Walter Isaacson Leonardo da Vinci N 6923 .L33 I827 2017
Victor Hugo Les Miserables PQ 2286 .A38 1997
David Herbert Donald Lincoln L66Li
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Little Prince, The (French: Le Petit Prince) PQ2637.A274 P413x
Louisa May Alcott Little Women PS 1017 .L5 1982
Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove PS 3563 .A319 L6 1985
William Golding Lord of the Flies PR 6013 .O35 L6 2003
J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy PR 6039 .O32 L6
Arthur C. Brooks Love Your Enemies JK 1726 .B754 2019
Fredrik Backman Man Called Ove, A

(translated from Swedish)

PT 9877.12 .A32 M3613 2014
Viktor E. Frankl Man’s search for meaning D 805 .G3 F7233 2006
C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity BR 83 .L48 1996
George Eliot Middlemarch PR 4462 .A2 N4x 1926
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Midwife’s Tale, A: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 F 29 .H15 U47 1990
Kate DiCamillo Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The 813 D547m
Brandon Sanderson Mistborn Popular Reading


Willa Cather My Antonia PS 3505 .A87 M8 1947
Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend (Italian: L’amica geniale) Online
Kamala Markandaya Nectar in a Sieve PR 6063 .A642 N43
Helen Mustard’s translation Nibelungenlied, The PN 6110 .E6 M4 1998
Lois Lowry Number the Stars 813 L955n
Homer Odyssey (Robert Fagles translation specifically) PA 4025 .A5 F34 2001
TH White Once and Future King 823 W585o
John Milton Paradise Lost PR 3560 .A2 K37 2005
Leif Enger Peace Like a River PS 3555 .N4223 P42 2001
Norton Juster Phantom Tollbooth, The 813 J982p 2005
Barbara Kingsolver Poisonwood Bible, The K617po
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice PR 4034 .P7 1991
William Goldman Princess Bride, The Popular Reading – Fantasy G569p
Azar Nafisi Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books PE 64 .N34 A3 2003
Cameron Wright Rent Collector, The Popular Reading

W 93 re

Edmund Morris Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, The E 757 .M883 2001
Lloyd Douglas Robe, The PS 3507 .O7573 R62
E.M. Forster Room with a View, A PR 6011 .O58 R66x 1923
Eloise M. Boyle and Genevra Gerhart Russian Context, The: The culture behind the language P 35.5 .R9 R87 2002
Jack London Sea Wolf, The PS 3523 .O46 S42 1959
Carlos Ruiz Zafón Shadow of the Wind, The (Spanish: La sombra del viento) PQ 6668 .U49 S6613
Herman Hesse Siddhartha PT 2617 .E85 S5213 1951
George Eliot Silas Marner PR 4670 .A1 1993
Bess Streeter Aldrich Song of Years PS 3501 .L378 S65 1939
Helen Keller Story of My Life, The HV 1624 .K4 A15 1904
Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities, A PR 4571 .A1 1993
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird PS 3562 .E353 T6 2002
Betty Smith Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A PS 3537 .M2895 T7 2001
Sawako Ariyohi The Twilight Years PL 845 .R5 K613 1984
Bill Bryson Walk in the Woods, A: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Online only
Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons 813 C8617w
Richard Adams Watership Down PZ 4 .A64 W33 1996
Yevgeny Zamyatin We Popular Reading

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Terry Pratchett Wee Free Men, The Popular Reading