David Wohlreich recently posted a list of ten books that have remained with him and/or influenced him throughout his life. Any reasonably literate person probably has a list like this simmering on their back burner, but bringing it to the front, where it can stand as a fully formed entrée, seems like an undertaking.
Just as I said I would, I’ve given this some thought. Here’s my list in no particular order.
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey
- The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, Wiebe E. Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, Trevor Pinch and Deborah G. Douglas
- The Dream Quest of Uknown Kadath, H.P. Lovecraft
- Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
- Straight Man: A Novel, Richard Russo
- To Build a Fire and Other Stories, Jack London
- Carfree Cities, J.H. Crawford
- Fire on the Mountain, Edward Abbey
- Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
There are many more stories and works that I’d love to put on this list. Ultimately, writing it down became an act of excision. And yes, there is indeed a trilogy in my list. You cannot read just one of these books and have the whole of the story.
Finally, I’m posting this to the blog and not directly to Facebook. Why? Mostly because this is a little portal into my head and I’d much rather share these sorts of thoughts near the core. Facebook feels much like a social extremity. Also, I get to link to the titles themselves.
Finally, I’m not challenging anyone, but if you feel inspired to write your top ten books down please feel free to tag me so I’ll know. Give it some thought, make the list longer than ten then start chopping.