About five years ago, I started compiling a list of the books I read for one big reason: I forget what I read. I don't have the original list, but I've been keeping a list over at Linkup for the past 2.5 years or so. I like talking about books, and when you don't remember the titles..its kind of hard to talk about the books. So yesterday I went over the list and came up with my top ten. So, when I want to go back to my book list, I put the complete list at the bottom of this post. If you're interested in hearing about any of these books, just holler.
Top Ten Books
Catcher in the
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy--I read All the Pretty Horses in High school or college, and enjoyed it but thought the book disturbing. This year I finished the other two books of McCarthy's Border trilogy. Of the last two, I feel this was the stronger book, and strongest in the series, but the ending of the last book, Cities of the Plain, was beautiful. The Crossing is about a teenage cowboy's trips into Mexico right before World War II.
"Flag of our Fathers" James Bradley--Each one of these books are stories that stick with you. This book is more than a chronicles of the war, it tells the back-story of each of these men who raised the 2nd flag on Iwo Jima, and the survivor's struggles to deal with life in the aftermath of sudden fame after fighting in one of the most savage battles of World War II.
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides I adored this book, and urge many (but not all) to give this story of a hermaphrodite a chance. As Publisher's Weekly stated, "This is simultaneously the tale of a gene passed down through three generations and the story of Calliope Stephanides, the recipient of that gene." Truly unforgettable book.
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. When I think back to some of the most memorable books I have read, I see and feel a kaleidoscope of images, emotions and passages of prose. This is one of those books. The protagonist of the book, a retired historian afflicted with a degenerative bone disease researches his grandmother and tells her story, in a sense the story of the American West and ultimately a family tragedy that she and her husband couldn't get over. The historian is forced to admit that even though he finds solace in the past and his grandparent's story, he goes through a self-examination. My words simply don't do it justice.
The Known World - by Edward P. Jones. A novel about slaves who owned slaves 20 years before the end of the Civil War. Simply heartbreaking, and powerful.
Agony and the Ectasy by Irving Stone. I wish I would've read this book before I went to Rome in '04 and Florence in '05. I read this book shortly after I came back from Florence and was struck by the research the author did to write this piece of historical fiction. If you ever find yourself going to Italy, read this before you go.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Tell me a riddle by Tillie Olsen
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas By Hunter S. Thompson
The Plot Against America-Philip Roth
Cormac McCarthy Cities of the Plain
Catcher in the
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Chronicles volume 1 by Bob Dylan
Miracle of Forgiveness By Spencer W Kimball
The Pact Jodi Picoult
32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics by Adrian Tomine
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
"Flag of our Fathers" James Bradley
Sarah, Sencilla y alta
The Ugly American
The Exile by
Dolly Parton's autobiography. Actually, not bad.
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
Postcards from the Edge Carrie Fisher
Shipping News By E. Annie Proulx
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Charles Dickens by Great Expectations
The Known World LP - by Edward P. Jones
So Big by Edna Ferber
A feather on the breath of god by sigrid nuñez
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A year in
Agony and the Ectasy by Irving Stone