Isabella Morris selects her Top 26 Books
a. The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha
b. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
c. The Reader by Bernard Schlink
d. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
e. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
f. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
g. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
h. A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
i. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
j. The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
k. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
l. The Right Questions by Debbie Ford
m. The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
n. The Outsider by Albert Camus
o. The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
p. I Remember by Denis Hirson
q. The Book of Fred by Abby Bardi
r. Beyond Culture by Edward T Hall
s. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
t. The Writer’s Brush edited by Donald Friedman
u. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
v. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
w. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
x. Atonement by Ian McEwan
y. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
z. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Isabella Morris has been published in various South African publications and is the 2007 winner of the POWA Writing Competition for Women. She has just completed a novel on Moroccan refugees. She is a freelance writer and editor and is researching her next novel. Her blog is at www.bellabelle.wordpress.com
Kurt Clare’s Top 26 (25? ) Books
A difficult task indeed. How do you measure a book againat another? These are but some that have had a profound impact on me, in no particular order.
1. At swim, two boys. Jamie O’Neil
2. The Lord of the Flies. William Golding.
3. The Monk. Matthew G. Lewis.
4. Olivier Twist. Charles Dickens.
5. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens.
6. Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe.
7. The Liar. Stephen Fry.
8. The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thomas Hardy.
9. The Colour Purple. Alice Walker.
10. The Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad.
11. The World According to Garp – John Irving
12. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ken Kesey.
14. And the Band Played On. Randy Shilts.
15. Maurice. E.M. Foster
16. Passage to India. E.M. Foster
17. Room with a View. E.M. Foster.
18. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C. S. Lewis.
19. Prince Caspian. C. S. Lewis.
20. Cry the Beloved Country. Alan Paton.
21. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
22. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.
23. In Cold Blood. Truman Capote.
24. 1984. George Orwell
25. The Return of the King. J. R. Tolkein
Steven R. Harbin from Newnan, Georgia, USA sent his 26 top list:
1. Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey
2. Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler
3. A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin
4. Death Angel’s Shadow, by Karl Edward Wagner
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. First Blood, by David Morrell
7. The Hour of the Dragon, by Robert E. Howard
8. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
9. The Island of the Mighty, by Evangeline Walton
10. The Swords of Lankhmar, by Fritz Leiber
11. City of Glass, by Paul Auster
12. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkein
13. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
14. The Long Ships, by Frans Gunner Bengtsson
15. Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
16. Stormbringer, by Michael Moorcock
17. The Dying Earth, by Jack Vance
18. The Fabulous Clipjoint, by Fredric Brown
19. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
20. The High Place, by James Branch Cabell
21. Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley
22. A Search for the King, by Gore Vidal
23. The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
24. Night’s Master, by Tanith Lee
25. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
26. Carry On, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
Steve Harbin is a 53 year old educator in Ga. USA, been an avid reader of all kinds of books all my life, but especially history, biography, fantasy, science fiction, mystery historical fiction, and some sports writing. Married to a fellow book lover (although we like different authors and genres) and have two kids who are also book lovers.