Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top Book List

In being asked what my top favorite books are, I could easiest quantify in genres. I could hardly pick 10 in general. But, upon the forcing of my hand, if I had to pick 10, these would be it:

Jane Eyre

Little Women

Wuthering Heights



Les Miserables

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Book Thief

The English Patient

The Road

These listed above would be of personal interest, not a list that I feel is important to the bettering of humanity. That list would be:

The Book Thief
Road of Lost Innocence
Waiting For The Barbarians
Not For Sale
A Crime so Monstrous
Les Miserables
Self Reliance
A Brief History of Time
Human Smoke

I'm sorry, I just couldn't decide.


  1. If it aims at bettering the humanity, I would add the following novels:

    • Balzac's "Illusions perdues"/"Lost Illusions" (or "The Lily of the Valley" – can't decide)
    • Gide's "Les Faux-Monnayeurs"/"The counterfeiters"
    • Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu"/"In search of Lost time"
    • Kawabata's "Michikusa"/"The sound of the Mountain" (or "The Master of go – hard to decide)
    • Singer's "The magician of Lublin"
    • Sartre's "Les Mots"/"The words" (I know it's not a novel, but…)
    • Breton's "Nadja"
    • Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" ( …still)
    • Mann's "The Magic moutain"
    • A Flaubert. Any of them. Or each of them...

    I'm not good at maths, but I'm pretty sure it still makes ten books.

  2. Hey, thanks for the list. I will keep an eye for them at my next book sale. :)