Favorite Books

Seems like a blog on books should include the blogger’s favorite books. These are the ones that come to mind right away. Even though I have read many great books, my favorite books are the ones that I would like to mimic in my own writing or books that I enjoyed and wouldn’t mind reading again.

  • The Thousand and One Nights—The stakes are high: tell a great story or die tomorrow.
  • Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins—Tom Robbins can be a potty mouth, but his story is well researched and incredibly far-fetched. Very entertaining if you can get passed some of the things he says.
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid—I love the structure and voice of this book, but there were a couple of slow parts for me.
  • The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin—Took me back to the streets of Moscow. Grushin really captured the feel of the city the way I remember it.
  • The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Mourier—This was a cool book. I read it a long time ago and want to read it again.
  • 1984 by George Orwell—I wish I had never seen the movie!
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell—Very interesting; need to read this again!
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury—The book, not the movie.
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk—Palaniuk is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. I love his creativity.
  • Flying at Night by Ted Kooser—Ted also has a strong command of language.
  • Where River Turns to Sky by Gregg Kleiner—An unlikely protagonist does an unlikely thing. I kept thinking: how is he going to make this work? Also, presents a very Oregonian perspective, which I really like.
  • The Compromise by Sergei Dovlatov—Great satire. I wish I could have a cup of tea with this guy.
  • The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard’s Story by Sergei Dovlatov—Interesting, honest, funny.
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison—A horrific work of art. I’m not sure I want to read this again, but it was a real masterpiece.
  • Aztec by Gary Jennings—Jennings does an amazing amount of research to pull his historical fiction together. Beware, he is warped. Otherwise, he is a genius.
  • New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver—Oliver really loved nature. A good slow read.
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes—Broke my heart and you have to love that.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy—Yeah, it’s long, but even so, it is amazing for its depth of understanding of human nature.
  • Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng—A great read to find out more about the Chinese Cultural Revolution; very important; after reading the dedication, I am in tears.
  • A Hero of Our Time by M. Lermontov—Every girl should read this before graduating from high school. Deconstructs the “bad boy” beautifully.
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert—The story of a woman who claims ownership of her own existence as she explores herself in three foreign cultures. And enjoyable thought-provoking read.
  • The Upanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran—A classic if Indian spirituality
  • The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran—A classic of Indian spirituality

9 thoughts on “Favorite Books”

  1. Funny take on Tom Robbins. He used to have his favorite bar stool at the Blue Moon in Seattle…the University District. There’s a piece of metal screwed to it now with his name on it. Not many people in Seattle could get along with him for long, unless they were tending bar. You’ve got me chasing The Reluctant Fundamentalist now. Thanks.


  2. Thanks for recently following my blog. It’s always interesting to see what books others have enjoyed and recommend. It looks like our tastes are quite different; I’ve only read a few, let’s see – 5 of the books you have listed here. So this gives me some more books to check into!


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