Thursday, May 1, 2008

Speaking of lists...

Every year or so I try to write down my top 10 favorite books of all time. I decided to share.

My ever-evolving top ten list (physically painful to write, for the ones I must exclude):
1. Angle of Repose: Wallace Stegner
2. Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger
3. Atonement: Ian McEwan
4. Lolita: Vladimir Nabakov
5. The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Middlesex: Geoffrey Eugenides
8. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
9. Passage to India: E.M. Forster
10. Beloved: Toni Morrison


In order to make it on the top-ten list, the book...
- must make me swoon over beautifully written sentences or passages. (the first paragraph of Lolita? Give me a break. It makes me want to cry)
- must make me want to read it over and over and over. (and over and over)
- must have a character whom I miss when the book is over.
- must make me think about myself or my life differently or more clearly.

by all means, share with us your favorite book (or your whole darn list).

6 comments:

Stephani Nola said...

i just got an e-mail from BPL telling me that Eat, Pray, Love is ready for me! I already got The Last American Man, but my dad claimed it first..

Tiercy said...

One of the most life altering books I have ever read is a biography (semi-autobiography) The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It's about a Christian family that hid Jews from the Nazis (I think in Holland)and ended up in a concentration camp for their efforts. It's an amazing story of faith and sisters.

The Pagleys said...

Em,

I love Willa Cather's My Antonia. It is simply amazing and every sentence is so full of movement and motion even when (to the novice reader) it might say nothing at all. Read it, you will not regret it!!

Adrienne said...

angle of repose and catcher in the rye are on my list as well (angle of repose i was commanded to read by you, dear emilie!). also want to add all the king's men by robert penn warren, the bell jar by sylvia plath, and the little friend by donna tartt. as far as books where i miss the main protagonist when the book ends, all the pretty horses by cormac mccarthy. i totally fell in love.

Adrienne said...

oops...wanted to say that as far as books that make me think differently about myself or my life after reading, toni morrison's beloved tops that list. wow.

aslindley1 said...

The Fixer by Malamud, Tess by Hardy are tops on my list, and almost any other book by Hardy. He has such a way with words!

Am currently reading Eat Pray Love and so far am not impressed. Perhaps it's the old expectation thing! However, I am only up to #26. Does it get better!

Hurrah! I finally figured out how to post a comment. Now if I could just get on to Teircy's blog?????