Wednesday, February 28, 2007



This past weekend…

I had to choose a book to send to Laura for Create a Connection. No pressure, of course. Ahem. But how on earth do I choose just ONE?

Visit the blog of the person you will be sending to, send them an email or post a comment, get their address directly from them, and prepare to send the perfect, life-changing, inspirational book to them.

I also read this book.

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

I loved this book because it was a list of books by authors. All sorts of authors. And while a collective Top Top 10 List was developed. The entire list was made available by number of timestht title appeared on a list and you can browse each list by author.

This was the Top Top Ten List of All the Lists

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
Middlemarch by George Eliot

So what’s MY top-ten? I browsed through the lists I have been keeping track of online to figure it out.

2007 Books Read (16) so far…

2006 Books Read (81)

2005 Books Read (59)

2004 Books Read (48)

204 books later I can take a quick look down the lists to find my favorites. But can I only name 10? And how do I pick only one/two/three to send to a new blog friend?

On my blogger profile and myspace profile I list these as my favorites

* The Passion
* Written on the Body
* Romeo and Juliet
* Taming of the Shrew
* Pride and Prejudice
* Persuasion
* Slaughterhouse Five
* Breakfast of Champions
* Handmaid’s Tale
* The Fountainhead
* Letters to a Young Poet
* All’s Fair In Love and War and Running for President
* The Giving Tree
* The Missing Piece Meets the Big O
* Anne of Green Gables

But would they make the TOP TOP 10? Hmmmm.

I really enjoyed:

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes
Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
City of Light, Lauren Belfer
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
Faith of My Fathers, John McCain
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Girl with Glasses, Marissa Walsh
Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Quirkyalone, Sasha Cagen
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda
The Renaissance Soul, Margaret Lobenstine
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, Alice Steinbach
World and Other Places, Jeanette Winterson
The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman


Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Passion, Jeanette Winterson
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Sonnets from the Portuguese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Waltzing the Cat, Pam Houston
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

In conclusion, Top-Top Ten for All Things Jennifer would be:

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
All’s Fair In Love and War and Running for President, Mary Matalin and James Carville
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
The Passion, Jeanette Winterson
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuguese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson

Damn, that was hard! And I’m not even sure I agree with myself, still!

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