Top Ten Tuesday 12.22.15

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

I’m in the process of rebuilding part of my library of books. When I moved from Maryland to Colorado it seems a box has gone missing. Grrr. So, I’m taking stock of what I have and what I don’t have.

I read these in college as an English Lit major and some I enjoyed more than others, but I didn’t thoroughly enjoy any of them. I always said that I would go back and read them after I graduated and had some life experiences. And maybe just maybe I would enjoy them.

  1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  2. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  5. A Passage to India by E.M. Forester
  6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
  9. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  10. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 12.22.15

  1. lailaarch December 22, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Of those ten, I’ve only read three: To The Lighthouse, The Scarlet Letter, and Gulliver’s Travels. I read To The Lighthouse on my own as an adult when I went through a super Virginia Woolf phase, and I loved it. I keep meaning to re-read it but haven’t yet. Great list!


    • The Broken Spine December 27, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks Laila! I’m not a huge Virginia Woolf fan and I think that’s because of my college studies and having to analyze the work. So, putting her on this list was a bit hard for me; but who knows maybe I’ll become a love of Woolf. Gulliver’s Travels is one of my favorites and The Scarlet Letter ranks pretty high. I loved Hester.

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  2. Robert Lambert Jones III December 22, 2015 / 10:06 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Grapes Of Wrath, and I regard it as one of the great books of the 20th century. Moby Dick was a tough slog, but I’m glad I read it. The Iliad had its moments but bogged down during the listing of the ships and then again during the memorial games. I agree with those who regard The Odyssey as the first modern novel. For me, it was a page turner. These four are worth reading again, especially The Grapes Of Wrath and The Odyssey. Thanks for the list. It brought back some good memories.


    • The Broken Spine December 27, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Hi Robert, I will agree with you on Moby Dick and The Odyssey. After I posted this list I was going through and see which books made it in the cross country move and to my surprise neigh Moby Dick or The Odyssey had, so maybe that’s a sign to let that sleeping dog lie.

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  3. SciFi and Scary December 22, 2015 / 7:15 am

    I think the only ones I’ve read are 3 and 8. *sigh* I’m an uneducated lout 😦 Anyways, good choices! My TTT


    • The Broken Spine December 27, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      If you’ve read the Illiad, I would say you’re not an ‘uneducated lout’ at all. And maybe through the TTT you’ll see something you’d like to read

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