Friday, March 20, 2009

Ten Books

Yup, more "repurposed" content in the form of another list from Facebook. This was a fun Facebook list-y thing that Adam Goodman tagged me with.

"This can be a quick one. Don't take too long to think about it--Ten books you've read that will always stick with you. First ten you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Then tag some folks who you think might be into yet another list..."

So here they are, in no particular order:

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
The Commitments - Roddy Doyle
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald
The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me - Richard Farina
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964 - edited by Robert Silverberg
Dangerous Visions - edited by Harlan Ellison

And a special bonus credit goes to Divers Down! Adventures Under Hawaiian Seas by Hal Gordon, which is the first full-length novel (albeit a young-adult novel) that I remember reading, way back when I was about four years old.

Oh, and I should've included The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, but I've already plopped down ten, and the point of this list is to just throw down the first ten that come to mind and not to overthink it.

It's also kind of interesting to note that nothing that I've read in the last twenty years made the list. That probably means that I should be reading more, and reading more adventurously. (Or it might just mean that it takes time to realize which books really have stuck with you.) Had I thought about it more, I might've included the Rincewind the Wizard trilogy by Terry Pratchett that I read last year, since it really got me into his entire Discworld series, which is a brilliant accumulation of writing. I have a feeling that's going to stick with me.


  1. Rich was all worried that none of our kids were reading The New York Times at 2. I explained you were a freak and the rest of us didn't start reading quite that early. Way to set the bar, big brother.

  2. Having thought about it for the first time in years, I just ordered up a used copy of "Divers Down" from Amazon. When you all come visit us this Summer, I expect Greeley to read it and provide a full book report.