It's funny how a question will just stay with you sometimes, niggling away at your brain. Who are my favorite writers, what are my favorite books--how tempting it is to rate and classify, and how impossible! There is a book called The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, edited by J. Peder Zane--a fun book to go through, and probably a good resource for adding to your TBR pile, but a book that will tend to send me into paroxysms of doubt. Choosing a top ten list is just too weighty and difficult; but I could choose ten books that have stayed with me--that I could do. So, here it is, a list of ten books that have stayed with me long after I read them. They might also be the ten best books in the universe, I don't know, but they are ten books that lingered in my memory, that I just couldn't forget.
1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
2. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4. The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
5. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
8. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
Wow, that was still hard. Looking over my list (which I kept changing) I notice that the books all have to do with either morality or memory, or both.
What are some of the books that have stayed with you?