Friday, March 20, 2009

My top 10 books

An interesting exercise is to write down your top 10 books. These are mine in no particular order:

1. "No death, no fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh-- An excellent modern Buddhist treatment of overcoming fear in one's life, including the fear of death.
2. "Great Expectations" by Dickens--If one is patient with Dicken's wordiness, you will enter a new world, where you feel what the characters are feeling.
3. "A Tale of two cities" Dickens- ditto
4. "Lord of the Rings" by JRR Tolkein--these are the books that to me, never grow old.
5. "The Confessions of nat Turner" by William Styron... One of the groundbreaking books to get us all to see what the Black struggle for equality was all about.
6. "To Kill a Mockingbird: by Harper Lee---Ditto PLUS, whites being allies to blacks producing trust and love between the races.
7. "Stranger in a Strange land" by Robert Heinlein- 1960s counterculture treatise, it speaks of indiv. responsibility and the influence of religion on our institutions.
8. "It" by Stephen King-- This is the scariest book I have ever read, so the writing succeeded.
9. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain- a period piece, but a classic story.
10. "Dune" by Frank Herbert- See the movie based on the book, it is great.

Now list your own and see if it doesn't spur your interest to read.

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