For today's 'blogger's choice' Top Ten with The Broke and The Bookish, it took me all day to decide.Here's what I came to:
My Top Ten Savor-Worthy, Never Wanted It To End books of all time...
2. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich. Many of this brilliant, contemporary Native American author's novels center around the characters who inhabit a particular area of North Dakota over the course of a century or so. This particular novel returns us to many of our favorites yet transcends all the others, in my view. I started slowing my pace less than halfway through, savoring every gorgeous sentence, every moment.
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I'm still a third of the way to the end, and I can't help myself: It's so fine in every respect, and the characters are so well known to me, so intimately known, and yet so believably developing as they live, that I truly want to savor each chapter, to think upon it, to take it in and sleep on it.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I've taught it for 8 years running, from 2-4 classes each year, so trust me: if it were possible to tire of this novel, I'd be tired. But it is not possible. The more times you read it, the more apt you will be to simply weep at the beauty of the prose and the pathos engendered by the content. Simply a modern masterpiece.
6. Recently, Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter. An American classic that emerged just this summer. Such gorgeous prose, and such a uniquely surreal vision within a gritty set of circumstances I haven't read in a long time. I truly could have walked with Henry Bright and his angel through five hundred more pages, five decades on the clock...
7. David Sedaris's books. I love to laugh almost more than I love to read, and Sedaris comes through nearly every time in his collections. And once you get his voice into your head, you can't help but hear him 'read aloud' as you pore over his prose. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a fine place to start with Sedaris. Or try his hilarious reading of 'The Stadium Pal' on Letterman: 5 minutes of laughing yourself increasingly silly. (warning - adult content, but light-heartedly hilarious)
8. Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim. His exquisitely acute and hilariously hyper-critical musing on his own musicals and his rivals as well induced a miserly streak: I've been rationing one chapter, one play per month for many months now, and I'm not finished yet!
10. What's yours? If you couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end, I'm pretty sure I should read it!
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