August 02, 2004

My Ten Books

Got this idea from Chan, who read about it at normblog.

Paraphrasing Norm's criteria, these are not necessarily the ten most important works I've ever read (I suppose by some "objective" standard) but instead the books that have had a "marked and lasting influence on the way I think about the world." These are books I find myself re-reading periodically, as opposed to others that go straight to half-price books.

I'll try to follow Chan's pattern placing them in the order they entered my reading life:

1. The Bible, (I like the Jerusalem Bible translation)
2. Cosmos, Carl Sagan
3. Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein
4. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (does it count as 1, 3, or 6?)
5. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
6. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
7. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter
8. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
9. Lucifer's Hammer, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
10. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell

Wonder what that says about me?

Update: I added links to Amazon, so you can check editorial and reader reviews.

Posted by JohnL at August 2, 2004 08:56 PM

Wow...I am in awe that Gödel, Escher, Bach is on your list. (That one's on the top of my list for "would like to have read", but it went to happier hunting grounds after about a decade of trying.) Cheers.

Posted by: Chan S. at August 2, 2004 09:57 PM

Interesting choices. And a thought provoking concept. I may give it a whirl, too. But I'm certainly going to have to sit back and reflect for awhile.

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