Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time And A List Of Books

I slept for eleven blessed, peaceful hours last night.

This morning, I am moving slowly. My hand reached for the coffee cup with smoothly rounded edges, aware that I'd have time this morning to sit and hold rather than throw back and gulp.

That's a morning, right there.

So I am listening to a little Hezekiah Walker, proclamations that Every praise is to our God!! ringing loud and clear, my mind at ease, because gospel music is never boring (hello, key change! hello, crazy atonal transition riffs! hello, ANOTHER key change!!!) and nothing stresses me out more than boring music.

It is a gift, this morning. No stress, for the moment.

My friend Dianne created a list of her twelve favorite books and asked me to create a list of my own. I'm not sure what the rules are (only fiction? only ten?), but I don't really care.

Here are some books I really like. I recall them like favorite friends, and hold a piece of each close to my heart.

The Bread of Angels - Stephanie Saldana
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The World According to Garp - John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving*
The Stand - Stephen King
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt**
Travelling Mercies - Anne Lamott
An Altar In the World - Barbara Brown Taylor
The Cloister Walk - Kathleen Norris
I Am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe***
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke****

I read everything Patricia Cornwell writes, but it's kind of like eating M&Ms; they're really good in the moment, but they don't have a lot of staying power...

*(I could actually make a list of all of Irving's books and be done....)
**(of course)
***(detest most of the characters and the plot, but oh, how this man can write...)
****(Burke is one of the most underrated authors of this generation; the Dave Robicheaux series is brilliant)

3 comments:

Brandee Shafer said...

I have to admit that I'm surprised about the King books on your list. Not judging...just surprised. I've read the Irving books and the Lamott book but will have to check some of the others out. I have a list on facebook, but mine wasn't limited to fiction.

Beth Stoddard said...

Brandee - not a fan of horror at ALL, but I think King is a really tremendous author. I've read his book on writing and really appreciate his gift for telling stories. 'The Stand' I read in high school and it's the first time I remember being so totally, completely enthralled by characters and story. Honestly, I haven't read it in years...maybe I should go back and try again. The JFK book I read just a few weeks ago and I was impressed. I love the push and pull and ever-present tug between moral choices, good and evil, truth and lies that undergird his stories.

Belle melange said...

Great post! Love Stephen King too

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