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Doin’ the Hop

July 9, 2010

For those of you stopping by from the Book Blogger Hop at Crazy for Books, welcome! We’re a little over 1/4 completed on our journey through the Modern Library’s Board’s List of the Top 100 Novels from the last century. New to the area? No problem…. we’ll get you caught up in no time. Reviews on all the books we’ve read are on the left. And there are lots more to come!

The Crazy for Books crew have asked us to name our favorite 5 books, as a way of getting your attention as to what we’re all about here at Journeys. Although I have TONS of favorite books, I will list the top 5 books I’ve read on my quest so far…just so you can see what you’ve been missing.

1)A House for Mr Biswas, VS Naipaul. Don’t let the boring title fool you. The Nobel Prize people sure didn’t when they handed Sir Naipaul the award in 2001. An epic novel spanning the life of a man whose quest for independence, respect and autonomy will captivate you.

2)Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner. Another wonderful family epic that takes you through the rocky marriage of a miner and an artist. Very moving and beautifully written.

3)Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie. Don’t worry, the Ayatollah won’t put a fatwa out on you for reading this. It would be worth it even if he did. A compelling epic set during the birth of Indian democracy, dream-like and hilarious.

4)Sophie’s Choice, William Styron. Clearly there’s no happy ending to this book. But it is emotional, moving and heartrending…and worth every tear you will shed.

5)The Old Wives’ Tale, Arnold Bennett. Another gem of a book unfortunately trapped beneath a mundane title, it is the story of two sisters and their parallel lives during the early 1900’s.

Lots of other treasures too on the list, but I only got to name 5. Hopefully that gives you some idea of what goes on here! Thanks for stopping by!

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