Friday, July 20, 2007


In today's paper there is an opinion piece bemoaning the fact that few people read novels anymore. In fact, less than half of the adult population of the US will read a novel for pleasure this year. The rate of adults who read regularly and for pleasure has dropped dramatically in the last 20 years.

This is frightening to me. Books are the backbone of a well-rounded and intelligent person's ability to reason and process. They are an indispensable vehicle for broadening language, expanding one's imagination and increasing cognitive function. But, I digress.

In my small and vain attempt to get all of us to read more good novels, I will provide a list of good books that are all fiction and all have a redeeming value to them. In other words, they can be good for the spirit as well as the mind. Of course, this list is incomplete, but it is off the top of my head.
  • The Brothers Karamozov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • The Power and The Glory – Graham Greene
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher in The Rye – JD Salinger
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beacher Stowe
  • The Lord Of The Rings – JRR Tolkien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Anything by Shakespeare
  • Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i've read about half of those and STRONGLY recommend them to everyone! The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book of all time, just make sure you read the whole thing, not the abridged version. the extra 500 or so pages are worth it.