So, on one of the mail art sites I belong to, we've been talking about Donna Tartt's The Secret History
lately, because several of us just love the book. Her novel The Little Friend
is great, too, but it's not as mesmerizing, IMO. In any case, I was trying to decide if The Secret History
would be in my Top 10 or Top 5 favorite novels of all time. So, I thought I'd try to list them and figure it out. These are in no particular order, because I'm not sure I could do that.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Suspicious River by Laura Kasischke
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Break It Down by Lydia Davis
- The End of Alice by A. M. Homes
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
I think that's the ten I'd put at the top--but I wonder if I'll think of any I've left off that will make it necessary for me to rework the list, now that it's on my mind. I'm sure I'll be revising. And, now that I'm thinking about this, I might do a list for books of poetry and a list for short story collections, too. :) I can list forever . . . I'm sure lots of us can.