Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
~ Harper Lee
I lead a busy life, so busy that I wonder how I ever had time to work a full-time job. But I'm not busy with - you know - little busy things. And I'm not busy the way my ex-housemate's chihuahua Lola gets busy - her tiny little legs setting out to get somewhere because there are things to sniff and bushes to pee on (we call that walk "Going to the bank"). Today when I should have been "busy" with work (editing, writing, research), I somehow (I really don't know how) landed on a web site that kept me busy for two solid hours. It's called Flashlight Worthy (see the widget to the right of this post). It's like crack for readers (I suppose - I only know about "crack" because I watch a lot of crime shows on Netflix).
Check it out. Tell me how long you stayed. Tell me your favorite lists and your favorite books, too. Here are some of my favorites that come to mind without my having to get out of the chair and go look at my shelves:
- Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
- The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
- Truman Capote's short stories
- E.B. White's essays
- Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
- All of the Harry Potter books
- Flannery O'Connor's short stories
I could go on. I'm hooked on this stuff.
Tomorrow is the first day of Banned Books Week. In celebration of reading (and not having to break the law in order to do so), here's a list of only 10 of my favorite banned books, no particular order, all beautifully written, all great literature:
- 1984 - George Orwell
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
- Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
- In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
- An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
- Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
- As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
- The Color Purple - Alice Walker
- Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Where's your list?