Wednesday, August 24, 2005

List #1...My Favorite Novels

I love making lists. Here is the first of many more to come...My Top Ten Favorite Novels.
  1. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  2. All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
  3. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  4. Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
  8. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  9. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
  10. The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice Cream God, by John Powers

I could have chosen multiple selections by Steinbeck and Hemingway, like The Grapes of Wrath and For Whom the Bell Tolls, but I decided to stick with one book per author. #3 and #10 made the list partly based on the nostalgia factor, in that my younger self loved them far more than my current self does, but my current self fondly remembers my younger self reading and rereading them. Anyone who has never read #2 but makes fun of it due to the girly title or the Matt Damon movie version is no longer my friend. #5 and #9 gain their spots due to pure bizarre hilariousness. Geez, my list is looking pretty mainstream and dated. Does anyone have anything to add? Other favorites of mine that didn't make the list are On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Bel Canto by Ann Pachett, and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

harper lee? are you kidding? oh, sorry then.

eileen said...

50,000,000 Harper Lee Fans Can't Be Wrong

Your Southie Neighbor said...

Books are boring. Give us something more fun, like bars, drinking games, shots.