Now that The Goon Squad is letting me read books again, I am on a quest. I want to read all of the good books. I understand that this is impossible, but I am on a mission. (I’m actually on a mission to watch all the important movies too, but that is another post). I am keeping a list in my Palm that contains titles like: “Lolita”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “No Exit”, “Catch 22”, “Mrs. Dalloway”, “Misconceptions”, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and a bunch of other classics and things people have recommended.
If any of you have any suggestions – please let me know. Right now, I am reading “A Tale of Two Cities” which several people told me was great. I hated “Great Expectations”, which is the only other Dicken’s work I have ever read. So far, “A Tale of Two Cities” is like Ambien with better metaphors, bit I have decided to keep at it anyway. Schools must be forcing people to read all of this Dicken’s stuff for some good reason.
In the meantime – here is what I think you guys should read (if you haven’t already):
“The Poisonwood Bible” – Barbara Kingsolver
“Slaughterhouse Five” – Kurt Vonnegut
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood
“Angela’s Ashes” – Frank McCourt
“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” – Rebecca Wells (for women only)
“Atlas Shrugged” – Ayn Rand
Here are some things I have read that I wish I hadn’t:
“Great Expectations” – Charles Dickens
“Moby Dick” – Herman Melville
“The Call of the Wild” – Jack London
“On the Road” – Jack Kerouac
“The Celestine Prophecy” – James Redfield
“Rabbit, Run” – John Updike