The First Ever 101 Books Runoff!
If you’ve read this blog for at least a few months, you know that I enjoy letting the blog readers pick what I read next. I put a post up asking for votes on Friday, and I gave you all weekend to vote. The result? Well, we had a tie.
I asked you guys to pick the next five, but we had a four-way tie for the fourth book. So that means we’re having the first ever 101 Books “runoff.” I know election year isn’t until 2012, but work with me here.
Here are the three books that are in:
Animal Farm (11 votes): Classic Orwell. I read this book in middle school, so this will be one of my 12 re-reads on the list. Loved 1984 and looking forward to reading Animal Farm again. It’s been a long time.
Never Let Me Go (7 votes): I’ve heard a lot of great things about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book is actually the most recently published book (2005) of all 101.
Beloved (6 votes): Highly acclaimed novel set in post-Civil War America. I’ve never read Toni Morrison, so this should be excellent.
The next four books all had 5 votes. To round out the next 5, I’ll need your help. Vote for two of these four books. It’s all on you!
Their Eyes Were Watching God: This would be a re-read. Tackled this one in college, but don’t remember a whole lot about it. This book, by Zora Neal Hurston, is thought to be one of the premiere novels in African-American literature.
Watchmen: A 12 volume comic book? No way! Can’t wait to read this. Should be really fun and a totally different experience than the other books. I’d love the breather (hint, hint).
Lolita: Cringe. The Amazon review of Lolita says: “Humbert Humbert is a European intellectual adrift in America, haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love. When he meets his ideal nymphet in the shape of 12-year-old Dolores Haze, he constructs an elaborate plot to seduce her, but first he must get rid of her mother. In spite of his diabolical wit, reality proves to be more slippery than Humbert’s feverish fantasies, and Lolita refuses to conform to his image of the perfect lover.” Someone tell me that I don’t have to be so uncomfortable reading Lolita. Please, someone.
The Grapes of Wrath: Another quinessential American classic. Set in the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitizer Prize winner by John Steinbeck.
Pick two books of those last four books to break the tie, and I’ll have my next five books. Please get your votes in before 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.