Post by DAS (formerly BushAdmirer) on Nov 20, 2010 22:52:02 GMT
Riotgrrl's post asking what are you reading now got me thinking. I've read a lot of books in my time.
Perhaps a more interesting question would be, "Which books that you've read during your lifetime have stuck with you? Which ones do you think about from time to time? In other words, which books have had the greatest impact? Which ones are timeless?
First up for me would be Animal Farm by George Orwell. Everyone should read this book. It's not a big book. You can read it in a single day. It's awesome. is.gd/hv2y8
Next on my list would be Shogun by James Clavell. It's a historical novel about feudal Japan. Shogun is a very large book. I couldn't put it down for days. What a great book. is.gd/hv2Pg
The Ninth Wave by Eugene Burdick was a best seller when released. It's a masterful work. is.gd/hv3JU
Perhaps my greatest literary undertaking was to read the 11 volume set by Will and Ariel Durant, "The History of Civilization." What a magnificent contribution to historical literature. hhttp://is.gd/hv4jt
More recently, I was captivated by Andrew Williams "The Battle Of The Atlantic: The Allies' Submarine Fight Against Hitler's Gray Wolves Of The Sea." This is a riveting true story of the U-Boats in WWII. is.gd/hv4Wk
Gosh....I don't know how I would answer that either......I think I go thru phases in my book reading......
I will mystery for awhile........then maybe Sci-Fi.....then I will want to read some of the older classics.....then I will go thru a mystery or horror phase and then I will want to read nothing but historical romances for awhile.........I think it depends on what is going on in my life too........I either need to calm down and have sweet thoughts or I'm planning on axe murdering someone, maybe?
The books that left the biggest impression on me were those I read as a child. Animal Farm is certainly in there among them.
My brother lent Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" to me when I was to ill to go out with the family and he came back to find me in tears. I must have been maybe 13. He hastily got me reading "Cannery Row" to cheer me up, and after that I gobbled up every Steinbeck I could find....and still do.
But most of the stuff I enjoyed in the past I find quite unreadable now. I used to like DH Lawrence for goodness sake!
I must read Shogun. OH has (or used to have) a paperback copy kicking around, bought when we lived in the Medway Towns in Kent, which has historical connections.
Sky, my parents had a cozy room with built-in bookshelves that held their favorites. When I was old enough to have a firm grasp on reading, I spent time there and did read Steinbeck - the two you mention and more - plus Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald .. others. Oh, and Agatha Christie who set up such nice puzzles and then cheated by with holding important information. Also James Michener - especially Hawaii.
Everything I read made some sort of impression on me, but I am most fond of the books I've read and enjoyed as an adult.