… But I Can’t Stop at TEN
By Jeff Salter
Over the past few months I’ve been tagged several times on Facebook to share my Top Ten Titles or Top Ten Authors. But I never even attempted. Partly because I’ve been really busy lately, and partly because I can never whittle it down to only ten.
I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life and often my “favorite” book is whatever I’m reading at the moment (unless it’s rotten). I’ve also gone through spells in which I’ll read everything I can find by a certain author. I did this with Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and also with Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm novels. Yet, despite how much I enjoyed reading those at the time, I don’t think I could truthfully say any one of those (nearly 30) titles could qualify for my Top Ten List.
So, as I’ve done occasionally before, I’m going to weasel out of declaring a definitive Top Ten List. Instead, I’ll refer you back to four blogs I’ve previously posted on this general topic. If you’ll take a few moments to click through, I think you’ll enjoy those posts.
The first is “Most Influential Books Which Shaped Me as a Writer”… and includes Childhood of Famous Americans Series, Bill Bryson, and more.
Next is “Favorite Titles I’ve Read More Than Once and Would Gladly Read Again.” This list is special because I RARELY read a book more than once.
Next is my tribute to Walker Percy, critically-acclaimed writer of both fiction and non-fiction… who lived in my hometown and was also a good friend of my parents.
Finally, here is my blog on conversations I wish I could have with some authors who are among my favorites. Features William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Dickinson, et al.
So what about you? Who are among YOUR favorite authors? What are among YOUR favorite titles?