Read for Fun

Scrap your picture of the tortured artist – Hemingway, James Joyce, Robertson Davies et al. Yes, they came up with some great novels – well, Hemingway did. Personally, I can’t stand James Joyce or Robertson Davies. I find their writing pompous and difficult to read. I struggled to read Ulysses three times, then gave up. As for Robertson Davies – yawn! As far as I’m concerned you should read for fun. download (1)There are times when you want to learn something, but that’s another story.

Just because a book is deemed a classic doesn’t mean you have to love it. My personal library overflows with classics that I love: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen … to name a few. Can I stomach Dostoevsky? No. Most times, I’ll force myself to get through certain classics because I feel I should read them. Sometimes, I just can’t – not when there are so many great novels just calling out for me to jump into. 

I would never be able to list all my favorites. There are far too many, but here are some of my favorites in no particular order:

  1. Love you Forever by Robert Munsch 
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  3. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe 
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orcey
  6. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  7. We the Living by Ayn Rand
  8. The Horses’s Mouth by Joyce Cary
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  10. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  11. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  12. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  13. All books by Enid Blyton
  14. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (and most of his other books)
  16. The Dragons of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  17. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  18. The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
  19. The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
  20. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
  21. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  22. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  23. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  24. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  25. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  26. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  27. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  28. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  29. The 100-year-old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  30. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

What are your favorite reads?







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