Thursday, June 30, 2005

What really knocks me out...

.... is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. " - Holden. (Catcher in the Rye)

And you thought it was going to say Mr. Darcy. Well he knocks me out too.

Because I failed to post this on Bonnie's Blog so many months ago. Now you may wonder why 7? While because I just couldnt add those other 3 to the list, even though I tried. So technically I have 10, but only the 7 actually deserve the list. Get it? (I don't). Without futher adieu...

Top 7 Favourite Novels

1. Catcher in the Rye - Salinger (It's been beaten to death, but how can you not love "coming of age" novels, I know I sure do)

2. Pride and Prejudice - Austen (Three things: Mr. Darcy, Pure wittiness, and England...sold!)

3. Mere Christianity - Clive Staples (Lets face it, anything written by Clive deserves to be on a top 10 list, but I just choose the one I have read the most)

4. The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas (This book is over 1400 pages, and almost every one of them is magic. We're not talking amazing philosophy, just the story of a man...but wow)

5. Mrs Dalloway - Woolf (Two hand cheer for stream of conciousness writing - it really blows my mind, its like I am right in their mind!)

6. A Room with A View - Forrester (Probably the reason I love this book is because its about travelling in Italy and I read it while doing just that, and of course, its a classic)

7. What's so Amazing about Grace - Yancey (This was my first Yancey - and I was sold, felt like I learned so much about Grace, well as much as a book can teach you anyway)

Honorable Mentions:

Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller - I agree with Spi, this could be a fly by night favourite, and does not deserve IN ANY WAY to be on the same list as the likes of Austen or Clive. And yet - right now, I am simply amazed by it.

At Home In Mitford - Jan Karon - Now having put this on the list, I immediatly regret it because one of you might go out and read it and never be my friend again. Its sooo sappy. My only justification is that it was CLEARLY written by someone who loves literature. Little break for the brain I tell ya.

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - (Now I realize this idea might sicken most of you, but I did not read this book until about 3 years ago, and I found it so enchanting. Added bonus - it's Canadian.)

And thats it friends. Please post yours! For real I would love to read them, and add them to my ever growing list of fantastic novels.


Kathryn said...

What makes me laugh at the moment "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.

Kiki said...

I am sorry to put a damper on your list, but ahem, the aforementioned clive and yancy libros are NOT novels, and YOU, Ms. Drewlo should recognise that above all people. I am shocked and appalled.

agent fagent said...

so deary, my first spin through your "bloq" (ha, ha), and I have to say, what about the CLASSICS? (my favorites): To Kill A Mockingbird and Jane Eyre? I mean, no Jane Eyre even in honorable mentions? no Shakespeare? (I guess we are delving into other genres there...)
Milton: Paradise Lost, amazing work... okay, true confession, love the Mitford series as well, read them all, definitely a delightful break on the brain.