Saturday, June 6, 2009

15 Books

Good thing one of the official rules about Booking Through Thursday is that you do not have to answer on Thursday, because I missed this one. But I like it and thought I would participate, even if late. The title this week was "Sticky" and the topic is: “This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.” My list, in no particular order and not necessarily with much explanation for why it stuck with me: Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (one of my Top 10 favorites) Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (my "desert island" book) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (still the only Civil War novel I enjoy; another Top 10 favorite; one of the few books I have read more than once) Warlock by Jim Harrison (Harrison's funniest, goofiest book; the one I recommend to many first time Harrison readers) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (my childhood favorite) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (my high school favorite; another that I have read more than once) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (my college favorite, but I'll never get through it twice) Parliament of Whores by P. J. O'Rourke (if you like Ayn Rand, you'll love P. J. O'Rourke) The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (a treasure recently found) Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille (the best of its kind) The Age of Reagan by Steven F. Hayward (a really good biography) Love Among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse (my first Wodehouse book) Pale Fire by Vladamir Nabakov (genius) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (diabolically clever; I have read it twice -- once out loud to Hubby) Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (a book I recommend often; the thinking reader's Da Vinci Code)


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