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Dorothy W.

Definitely Austen, Eliot, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Shakespeare from Quindlen's list. I think I'd add something by Dostoyevsky, Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick. Definitely a Virginia Woolf novel. It's a tough question -- I want to keep adding and adding!

Mike B.

I was at a party last night and was talking about my top five. Now I have to add five to create a top ten. Maybe I'll post on this if you don't mind...?


Dorothy--I would want to keep adding too. Wow--you would pick Robinson Crusoe--that is a book I always think about must be very good if that is one of your top ten! Mike--please do...I'll check your blog later! I love having these sorts if internet discussions!


I would have to save some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books and Margaret Atwood's. Ask me again tomorrow though and I'd come up with some different authors :)


Hmm, only 10 books? Well, definitely Pride & Prejudice, Far. 451 (oh, the irnony), and Ender's Game. But that leaves me 7 more, right? Maybe my Complete Shakespeare tome?


Only 10 books? Oh no! LOL I'll definitely save my writing journal. Hmmm....I would save:

1. Norton Complete Shakespeare
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
5. The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xue Qin
6. Shadow Without a Name by Ignacio Padilla
7. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It's a tough question. May I pick 10 nonfiction as well? :)


Only 10? Impossible...although I don't think I could leave my copies of "An Enormous Room" or "The Sea and the Jungle". And the baby would insist on saving "Green Eggs and Ham", of course.


I would never be able to decide. Most of my books are treasures in their own special way. Plus, I'm checking out of the library more often than purchasing!!! I'm on the wagon for sure : )

Enjoy the day.


OMG this post distresses me ;) I have a recurring dream like this where I have to decide what to save from a fire, although those dreams are complicated by my wish to save childhood cuddly toys.

Mike B.

My mother used to say that when there's a fire, grab the photo albums. I think I know what I'll be saying to my children...


This is an amazing question - one that I will have to think about and like others I think I will blog about and link back here. I like many of your reads and your blog!

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