I love to mark these books I own, noting books I’ve read, books I own, asterisking books I’d like to add to my collection. I hand these kind of books to other book-lovers with a colored pencil and ask them to mark and initial the titles they love. I have often bought Honey for a Child’s Heart as a baby gift, personalizing it with stars and notes about my favorite children’s books.
Terry Glaspey’s Book Lover’s Guide to Great Reading is a trusted resource for great book lists. This book arrived in the mail this month and I have enjoyed my random dippings into it. I think every book lover sees a “Best Books” list as a measuring device, looking for familiar titles on the list. check, check, check, no, check, no …
Here is Terry Glaspey’s List – Ten of My Favorite Novels
3. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
4. Les Miserables Victor Hugo
5. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
6. The Brothers K David James Duncan
7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
8. The Power and the Glory Graham Greene
9. The Second Coming Walker Percy
10. Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I’m planning to read # 2 this summer (but hadn’t heard of it before last week). I’ve never heard of titles #9, #10, but I know the authors. I’ve read 4/10 of these books. It is past time that I re-read The Brothers Karamazov, a book I read plowed through (in between diaper changing) the summer of 1986 because it was so often named as a favorite novel on a radio program I heard.
Familiar with any of these? What book (s) would go on your ten favorite novels?