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Top Ten Books About Which I Had Very Strong Emotions:
1. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe. Makes me wanna put my head against a door jamb and slam. Repeatedly. Cannot get through it.
2. Possession by A.S. Byatt. This is on many lists of Best Books Ever. But it’s about poets and poems and the scholars who study poems. And did I mention poems? Not exactly first class action.
3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. My goal in life: never read this book.
4. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. Could a person BE more negative? The author’s pessimism really ruined what could have been a really fun read.
SCARED ME OUT OF MY BOOTS:
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Cannibals with human flesh stuck in their teeth? Spooky!
6. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. So funny. The ridiculous main character reminded me of myself. Not that I am ever ridiculous. Of course not.
7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Love this dude’s sense of humor!
8. Anything by Frank McCourt. He has such a funny narrative voice and the fact that he maintained a sense of humor even through tragedy is wonderful. I mean, I realize that you would not find Angela’s Ashes in the humor section, but I appreciate the light-hearted, resilient way he views life.
9. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Nathan walked in on me reading this, and noting my sobs, quickly turned on his heel and fled the scene. To set the scene: it’s the final good-bye of a husband and wife, as the wife is about to travel in time to her rightful place in the future (don’t you dare snort/snicker/laugh. It’s very believable, I tell you!) and the husband ventures bravely to fight at the Battle of Culloden alongside his men, hunky Scottish warriors, all:
“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you—then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
10. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. An animal lover cannot read this dry-eyed.