Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Five favorite books?

Quick! If you had to name five must-read novels, what would they be? What comes to mind immediately?

One of my Gotham students asked me to name just five. Impossible! But I tried.

I said:

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Then I said, Light on Snow by Anita Shreve comes before Good Grief

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Then I think I changed it to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)

And now I can think of dozens more that are favorites.

So, name the first five favorite books that come to mind.


~jolene said...

How about five favorites TONIGHT (subject to change without notice)...
1.) A Trip To The Stars - Nicholas Christopher
2.) The Forgetting Room - Nick Bantock
3.) Fluke - Christopher Moore
4.) Pigs In Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver
5.) Mrs. Dalloway - Virgina Woolf

joe has something to say said...

Four Past Midnight-Stephen King(4 for price of 1)
The DaVinci Code- Dan Brown
The Broker- John Grisham
Tell No One- Harlan Coben
Rising Sun- Michael Crichton

Commercial fiction yes, all page turners and takes a weekend to finish one instead of more than year if then.

furiousmuse said...

in no particular order (except for the first one):

Body & Soul, Frank Conroy
Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Birth of the Firebringer, Meredith Ann Pierce (favorited since i was a teen. now out of print...)

amy said...

Yay, Sara, we have an overlap.

Mine are: 1. The Shipping News (Annie Proulx) 2. The Anna Papers (Ellen Gilchrist) 3. Girls' Poker Night (Jill Davis) 4. Microserfs (Douglas Coupland) and 5. Everybody Dies (Lawrence Block). My list changes a lot, but these are always in the top 10.

Dana said...

The first five that come to mind? O.K.

1. TO THINK THAT IT HAPPENED ON MULBERRY STREET by Dr. Seuss, read at age 8 or 9.

2. CALL IT COURAGE by Armstrong Sperry, read at age 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 and to my children when they were about 10 and to my ten-year-old grandson

3. HERE TRICKS,HERE (by author I have forgotten) read when I was in fourth grade.

4. SOMEHING OF VALUE by Ruark, read in the fifties about the Mau Mau uprising and South African apartheid situation.

5. THE PHYSICIAN (sorry, senior moment has me forgetting the author)

And many more, but those five come to mind FIRST. Fascinating exercise.

Anonymous said...

1 ... The Myth of You and Me
2 ... The Book of Joe (Jonathon Tropper)
3 ... Second Helpings (
4 ... Something Borrowed
5 ... The Queen of the Big Tim (Adrianna Trigiani)

Can't remember all the authors and I always loan out my favorites so don't have them here to check. That's my list for right now. I did love Good Grief and Light on Snow was okay.