This week’s post lists some of my favorite books, by category. I don’t know if these are really my favorites, or if I simply have pleasant memories of my experiences reading the books, and memory is unreliable. These days I read a lot of books on my kindle, and those books tend to disappear because they are not lying around, and because most of the books I download on my kindle are ones whose disappearance will not bother me as long as I enjoy the reading.
Here’s my list. If I do it a week from now, the list will probably be completely different.
Favorite “Classic” Novel
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – my introduction to human perversity
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry
Fifty Shades of Gray by E. L. James
When I was in my 20s . . ..
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy – I’ve not reread it, but I remember loving the style
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence – my introduction to women in love
When I was a Kid
The Hardy Boys by F.W. Dixon and a committee who actually did the writing.
Books Recommended by my Sons
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – and the sequel, Speaker for the Dead, is equally good: sci-fi at its best.
Books I Recently Read and Loved
The Other Wife by Michael Robotham
The Overstory by Richard Powers – long, complex, brilliant, and an important environmental story.
Precocious High School Reading
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer - a step up from The Hardy Boys
Dialogues of Plato - I read some and said, “What’s this?” So, I wrote one. My teacher advised that I not write any more.
Author in Whose Book I Don’t Want to be a Character
John Updike - He would see right through me.
Books You Probably Never Heard Of
The Bone People by Keri Hulme - Set in New Zealand, the story involves the Maori people, Europeans, and a magical artist. I read it on a flight to Aukland.
Books by People I Know
The Woods are On Fire by Fleda Brown
Guilty at the Rapture by Keith Taylor
The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon
The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin and Dave Coverly
Anything by David Sedaris
Anything by Bill Bryson
The Book of Guys by Garrison Keillor
The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
Best Book Title
Waking Up Dead by Stephen Dunning
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
A quick look at my list tells me that most of the authors are men. Guilty! I know there are a couple of works by Joyce Carol Oates that should be on the list, but I kindled them, and they have disappeared into the digital soup.
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorites? What categories are better than mine? What should I read when I have time? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.