And now, for your reading enjoyment, 25 books that you all MUST read!! They are in no particular order (A Prayer For Owen Meany, which Ant is reading now, is my favoritest of my favorites), they are just the first 25 books that came to mind when I thought about books I love, love, love. I highly recommend you check them all out, and don't say I never gave you mofos anything!



1. Pride and Prejudice

2. A Prayer For Owen Meany

3. A Confederacy of Dunces

4. Nineteen Eighty Four

5. Catcher in the Rye

6. Everything is Illuminated

7. A Thousand Splendid Suns

8. The Great Gatsby

9. Anne of Green Gables

10. Lolita

11. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

12. The Five People You Meet in Heaven

13. Horton Hears a Who

14. The Blind Assassin

15. Between a Rock and a Hard Place

16. A Passage to India

17. The Watchmen

18. Goodnight Moon

19. Vernon God Little

20. What is the What

21. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

22. Villa Incognito

23. Brokeback Mountain (No, watching the movie doesn't count)

24. Me Talk Pretty One Day (actually, any David Sedaris book will do)

25. Aquariums of Pyongyang

8 comments:

tfh said...

Thanks for the ideas-- I confess I haven't read a number of these. Hmmm... you've inspired me to begin jotting down a list of my own...

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Ugh. Another Jane Austen fan.

Just when I was beginning to be able to tolerate you, sister.

KIDDING!! I wasn't really beginning to tolerate you!

I am reading A Thousand Splendid Suns based on your recommendation and it SUCKS!!1!

Kidding! I am enjoying it. But now that I'm halfway through it, all these OTHER books I had on hold are coming in.

Lucky for me that I, as a library employee, can change my due dates and just fuck over everyone else on the waiting list!

When people say, "How can you do that. G?" I answer:

"It's what Jes would want me to do!"

Then I extend my due dates by another week and fuck them over all over again!

Thanks, Jes!

Sarah said...

Villa Incognito - very good and very strange!! Seriously - read Murakami. SO GOOD!

Dani said...

I will have to say I am glad most of these have been made into movies..... :)

Bob said...

Nice list. Thanks for sharing, Jes.

sumatra22 said...

Excellent choices and the few I haven't read I shall! And of course "Owen Meany" is the greatest book EVER...the book itself is flawed, much like all of us. Owen Meany, and "that voice" is the least flawed of all...I love Owen!

Jes said...

@G - That is EXACTLY what I would want you to do!! I'd do it myself on purpose just to piss people off if I could!!

@Sarah - Seriously! I walked around for days pretending I was a tanuki, playing the drums on my stomach. Just started After Dark, and I'm loving it!!!

raulgonemobile said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by! But, wow.. Pride & Prejudice? Ugh. I read it, but only because I was forced to.

I'll make sure to hunt down a bottle of the triple karmeliet.. I'm always on the lookout for good stuff.