22 April 2010

Follow up on the reading list

I hope that my reading list posting didn't upset anyone. Looking over it, I'm not even sure that that's the 1001 books I'd say I had to read before I died. Some of their calls are a bit iffy. For example, Stephen King's The Shining. I LOVE Stephen King--the old stuff, his newer stuff is not up to par, though On Writing is a great book. But I don't think The Shining is his best book. My personal favorite is Delores Claibourne, although I did just buy his short stories again and I'm LOVING THEM. I'm also not a huge Anne Rice fan (don't hate me, I just read Interview with the Vampire and thought, "Why all the fuss?"), but I like her non-vampire stories.

They also didn't have anything by Bill Bryson, who is one of my new favorite authors. A Walk in the Woods is on my top ten list of books: funny, heart-breaking, curmudgeonly, probably the kind of book I would write given the same task.

Or Pat Conroy. Or John Jakes. Or a slew of other quite worthy authors. Maybe we need a list of them. Hmmmmmmmm . . .


Julie M said...

Now why would anyone get upset with you for posting that list??? Don't worry about it. One of things you can count on in this world is that everyone is different which means everyone is going to have different likes and dislikes. I hate being told what to do, always have so it doesn't surprise me that I haven't read a single one of those books. If it's on a list somewhere of things you need to do before you die, you can pretty much count on the fact that I'm not gonna do them!:)

Siobhan said...

Yeah, I don't get why anybody would be upset over the reading list, either. ?!

Bill Bryson... The first book that I ever read by him was, "Neither Here Nor There" and it remains one of my favorites. HYSTERICAL.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls