June 8, 2009


Your Top Ten

Today's column (click Motherlode over there, on your left) is about my Top Ten Book list.

Your own lists have been heading in this morning. Orwell's 1984, Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Gone with the Wind, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Silas Marner, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...surprisingly, no other Dr. Seuss work. Hmmm....

God Is An Englishman, recommended along with all of R.F. Delderfield's work by one reader, who also likes Nigel Tranter's work. So, all you historical fiction buffs, go find these two.

Bridges of Madison County has now been lobbed at me by both a reader and an editor. It's a weeper, people.

Pile in. And take notes. You never know when you're going to get sent in a new direction.

7 Comments:

Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Sitting in the lobby of the Montreal Hilton it strikes me that Atlas Shrugged would be a good inclusion on your list. I'm probably too late but, in the immortal words of my late grandmother... Tuff noogies.

June 08, 2009 6:36 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I remember the first time I read Atlas Shrugged, as an idealistic young university student. I thought it was esoteric and brilliant.

Now, I mostly just want to throw it against the wall.

I'm a communist. What can I say...

June 08, 2009 6:48 PM  
Blogger Carolin said...

I do have some favourites.

Watership Down, It was recommened to me years ago, and when I first started to read it I remember saying to my husband "stupid book its about a bunch of rabbits" but 1/4 in to it and I was hooked.

Anything by Carol Shields, I just love the way she could write a sentance.

Sue Grafton, waiting for the letter U to come out.

Barbara Parks all of her Junie B Jones books, Yes thats right I have a 9 year old girl.

I love to read any of Robert Munches books out load to kids.

I just can't imagine a world with out books. My local library is my best friend!

June 08, 2009 8:23 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I went into mourning when Carol Shields died. She was brilliant.

My niece loves Junie B. As the mother of sons, it took me a while to discover her.

Carolin, Paperbag Princess is one of my favourites. I also debated on including Where the Wild Things Are in today's column - it's one of the few that made the Keeper Cut for my kid's bookshelf.

We underestimate some of the kid's books. Everyone thinks they could write one, but it's very, very hard. If You Give a Pig a Pancake (and the other two) are family favourites - and they're brilliant. People dismiss the rhythm required to be a classic.

I could babble about books forever.

And, no, I can't imagine reading a book on a tiny computer in the tub, in bed or on the dock - my true test of a book.

June 08, 2009 8:32 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

Anything by Gregory MacDonald is like reading 3 books at a time. He has a great knack for having three or four story lines going at once and having them all crash together at the end. Don't go by the Fletch movies, they were an injustice.

Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy will warp your mind. The fifth book in the trilogy is due out any minute if its not out already, even if it is posthumous.

Tamar Myers writes a series, Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries within the antique buyers/sellers community with recipes. I've read several, but the all time favorite was 'Play it Again, Spam' She puts the recipes between the chapters.

Robert Heinlein's best unsung book (and one of his last)was "Job: A Comedy of Errors" where he combined his unique brand of Sci-Fi in the space/time continuum, and religion. i devoured that in two night shifts at Mac's Milk in the 80's.

I know its a strange brew I've concocted here, but hey, if the TV's wont work anymore...

DJW

June 09, 2009 10:59 PM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

I agree with DJ. I loved Job: A Comedy of Errors.

My current favourites would be:

Jeffrey Archer: I really enjoy his short stories. His current novel is Paths of Glory which examines the life of George Mallory who attempted to scale Everest long before Edmund Hillary.

Janet Evanovich: I like the Stephanie Plum novels. Anything that makes me laugh at the end of a day is welcome.

Carl Hiaasen: His first novel, Tourist Season is a dark, twisted romp through Floridian culture.

If you like Hiaasen then you'll really enjoy Tim Dorsey who writes seriocomic novels about a crazed psychopath named Serge Storms.

Frank Delaney: His sweeping epics of Irish history are a great read.

Happiest day of my life was when my local library went online with it's book database. I can now reserve w/o having to go to the libray.

June 11, 2009 8:10 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

DJ... right on. Douglas Adams is sheer genius. I love the part where he describes learning to fly without a plane.... "you simply throw yourself at the earth, and miss." I use the Babel Fish website when I need to translate any words into different languages (except the swear words... go figure.)

Lorraine, I will excuse your being communistic (look it up) only because of Dr Seuss. I read every Dr Seuss book ever written to my daughters from the day they were born. We make up our own Seussisms to this day.

When Steve Fossit disappeared I was (and still am) convinced that he popped off into some valley where all the really brilliant people have gone. In Holguine (Cuba) there is a HUGE sign as you pull into the airport... "Sociolismo o muerto" Socialism or death. Seems a bit extreme but everyone's entitled to their opinion.

Unless it conflicts with mine. I reject your reality and substitute a reality of my own. Now excuse me while I trundle off to find my valley.

June 11, 2009 2:31 PM  

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