The lovely Pat Wood (http://patwoodblogging.wordpress.com/) nominated me for The Booker Award and I can’t resist an opportunity to share some of my favorite books.
The rules are pretty simple – I list my top five books and what I’m reading now. So I can’t just chose adult books. I’m really reaching back into my memory to books I’ve read as a child that left a lasting impression.
1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I read this for the first time in 7th grade and found it fantastically hilarious. It became a tradition with one of my best friends to pick it up every so often to re-read and toss random quotes back and forth. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I always loved this book as a child, and as a teenager it led me to write a research paper pleading the good people of my little high school to fight deforestation. As an adult, when I read it, it has a completely different meaning. And I never read it without crying.
3. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis. I don’t want to say too much about this book for fear of giving it away. But it’s a very poignant story written in the most clever method.
4. Severance: Stories by Robert Olen Butler. This is more a collection of vignettes than a novel, but the premise is so clever that I want to try it. It is believed that the human head remains conscious for a minute and a half after decapitation, and in that time a human can “think” 160 words. So, each of these vignettes are the dying thoughts of a severed head. Morbidly awesome.
5. The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie. Ok, so I admit, the only reason I picked up this book is because I’m a die-hard U2 fan and they recorded a song called The Ground Beneath Her Feet inspired by the book. It’s a haunting, beautiful song, so I tried the book, even though it’s Rushdie (three tries to get through Satanic Verses and I still haven’t finished it). Turns out to be one of my favorite books of all time.
Now, for what I’m reading now. It’s actually two books, The Sociopath Next Door for character research for my next book, and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, the next read for our book club (appropriately chosen in the off chance we all survive the Mayan apocalypse).
I’m going to break the rules – because that’s how I roll – and instead of nominating five bloggers to join in the fun, I’m going to ask all of you. What are some of your favorite books and why?