The 10s!

These are a few of the books which get a “forever 10”  from me – best books I’ve ever read and they don’t fall off the list from year to year.  I do give a couple or three 10s every year but these don’t necessarily make it to this list because they don’t always stand the “test of time.”  I have to wait and see if they stand out later to me.   But even here,  these books not perfect (no such thing probably),  they’re just  as close as they come.

Books can be added here or taken off,   as I remember them or as I read them or as, perhaps, they fade into haze which my memory is becoming.   One thing I might see is if there are any consistencies running through the list.   I’m looking for the top 2% – that means the top 40 or 50 books or so.   These are not in any order. (How could they be?)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace  by Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoevsky

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Ulysses by James Joyce

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Ambassadors by Henry James

The American by Henry James

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Possession by A.S. Byatt,

The Children’s Book by A.S.  Byatt

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.



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