If you’re a Facebook user you might have noticed a note spreading around called “Book Nerds Unite” (or something to that extent). It asks you to write down the 15 books that have stuck with you over the years (and to not over think it, just say what comes to mind). Instead of posting my list on Facebook I think I’ll talk about it here (and in no particular order):
1. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – I have a very long and complicated love affair with Jules Verne
2. Blindness by Jose Saramago – again, another literary love affair (and the topic of another post from June 4, 2009)
3. A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff – can’t resist some good ol’ fashioned chick lit about a vintage clothes, independence, and weddings
4. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – check out Derek’s post from Sept. 13 2010
5. Clan of the Cave Bear (series) by Jean M. Auel – read this series in gr. 9 and have fond memories of Saturday afternoons curled up on the couch getting lost in the story
6. Night by Elie Wiesel – will make you cry, read with tissues
7. Lamb by Christopher Moore – will make you laugh, don’t read on the bus where people will think you’re completely nuts for laughing to yourself for 20 minutes at a time (see my post from June 12, 2009)
8. In the Shadow of Detroit by David Roberts – my dad’s first book, enough said
9. Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop – not for fans of Oprah’s book club 😉
10. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer – the go to cookbook of all time
11. The Outlander by Gil Adamson – historical fiction at its finest
12. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain – if you’re a foodie, read this book!
13. The Frogs by Aristophanes – a throw back to my academic days of studying classical Greek art and literature
14. The Cave by Jose Saramago – Saramago’s writing style takes some getting used to (he’s not a fan of structure) but it is oh so worth it
15. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – a classic in women’s historical fiction, read it recently after having it sit on the shelf for awhile and wish I had gotten to it so much sooner!
What are some of your favorites?