my favorite books
by Sarah Luna
Tonight is my last night in Texas for a really long time. Tomorrow I go home to Camarillo, and then I fly directly to New York to start my graduate studies. No more Texas.
My younger friends met me at Coldstone for one final ice cream. Any time a bunch of nerds comes together, the conversation will be stimulating. Dylan sparked a discussion on books by bringing up Atlas Shrugged. I could talk forever about books. I had bags of books in my car (along with everything else I own) that I had tried to sell. I let them look through, and they were delighted to keep them.
I promised them I would post a list of my favorite books.
In no particular order:
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Island by Aldous Huxley
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (medieval England)
- World Without End by Ken Follett
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (WWI)
- Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières (WWII)
- Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson (plight of California Indians and the end of Mexican California)
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (nonfiction)
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz (funny and scary at the same time)
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
- Contact by Carl Sagan
- Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
- Beautiful Girlhood revised by Karen Andreola
Obviously, some of these books could fall under multiple categories. As I looked over my list, I noticed a decidedly feminine bias. I’ll try to think of more gender neutral books and update soon.