My favorite blogger (MFB) newsofthetimes has awarded a number of her favorite bloggers the “Booker Award” for people who love books and spend much of their time with their noses buried in them. That’s me and I am especially touched by this award because “news” included me on her list. We have a mutual admiration thing going on here. The award requires that I list my five favorite books, mention at least five other bloggers who also deserve the award, and post the award itself.
I shall take these in reverse order:
My favorite blogger has already been mentioned and several others whom I would pass this award to are on the list “news” posted on her blog, including musingsofanoldfart and carrpartyoffive. And I thought immediately of EmilyJ, but “news” had already listed her. But there are a number of other exceptional bloggers and I will pass this award along to them:
1.Circles Under Streetlights. A woman who loves to read and also writes beautifully.
2. Seapunk2. A blogger who is alert and aware of whatever if going on around her in her home in the Pacific Northwest.
3. Salty Political Musings. The title says it all.
4. Jennifer Worrell. A very funny lady and her blogs are always worth reading.
5. Zebra Designs. A creative artist whose pictures along with her words always charm and delight.
6. Mindful Stew. A remarkable teacher who works hard at his craft and shares his insights and successes.
7. jotsfromasmallapartment has stacks of well-deserved awards. But I am sending this one along because she loves books and writes so well.
(I am stopping at 7 because folks in the middle ages regarded that number as lucky.)
The last requirement is the hardest because I have so many favorite books — books that I read again and again because, as I told “news” they reward me every time. But here goes:
1. Middlemarch. by George Eliot — the best book, perhaps, by one of the wisest writers I have ever read.
2. The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. Freud called it the greatest novel ever written, and he may be right.
3. Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad’s amazing novella that cannot be read too many times.
4. Don Quixote. Cervantes knew how to make humor take us closer to the human experience.
5. Age of Innocence. Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel — for a reason.
So there are my favorites — or many of them. It boggles the mind to try to come up with favorites and you always fear you have left someone or something out. If I were concentrating on American authors I would certainly include Melville and Steinbeck along with Wharton. But the requirements were for the top five. in any case, I do thank newsofthetimes again for the delightful award.