My Top 10

After finishing my exam this weekend, a friend and I discussed “the reading list” from which we had to choose the books upon which to write essays.  Neither of us liked the list but, that said, don’t we always — no matter whose list it is — think:  “How can X not be on the list?!” or “Why would THAT be on the list over THIS?!”  That said, it made me think:  what would be on my Top 10 list?  It’s a tough question.  So many great books, for so many different reasons.  Such a list might change any second.  In fact, I’ll probably regret posting this by tonight.  But here’s my best shot at my Top 10 on this Monday, April 19, 2010, at 2:50 p.m., in no particular order ….

(Okay, that’s a lie.  Sophie’s Choice is my all-time #1.  The best.  Period.)

Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron

Night, by Elie Wiesel

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Affliction, by Russell Banks

The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr

Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood

Beloved, by Toni Morrison