Busy editing… busy reading… busy reviewing… and it’s summer.
Oh, I’m still here, just locking down my new book. And the new Harper Lee is out today (wow, it is sooo weird to type that). and I need to read it fast for my book reviews.
But I haven’t forgotten about this site! No you guys are still in my heart and head, so I thought I would share a quick list.
If you ever want to get into the head of an author ask them their 10 favorite books. Nothing will give you a better insight into their mind and creativity. So here is mine…
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- Easily, one of the few perfect novels in literature. Not a word out of place.
2. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut- My favorite from one of my favorite authors.
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- Great to read, better to read aloud.
4. The Abortion by Richard Brautigan- The obscure work in the list. Love this book and the bookstore in it (which would be called in today’s world “Amazon.com.”)
5. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury- Beautiful, beautiful…
6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis- When I was a kid and I visited new houses I would check every closet for Narnia. (Honestly, I still do that from time to time.)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- You read this, right? Kind of a big deal in American Literature, especially right now (new book and all).
8. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf- A huge influence on how I set up family scenes and develop characters.
9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- This is a story stolen by the business of Christmas, but once it was just a wonderful novella. Well, it still is and it is great.
10. Middlemarch by George Elliot- A literary epic, grand and at the same time filled with wonderful little moments and characters. Also one of the most beautiful endings.
Now I’m off to read this new book by Harper Lee (again, crazy we get to say that).