The First 60: A Look Back
Sixty books down. I’m nearly two-thirds finished with 101 Books.
After every ten books, I take a look back on the project as a whole and re-evaluate some of my favorite and least favorite aspects of the books. So that’s what today’s about.
Let’s take a look back at the first 60 novels. I’ll explain my rankings more in-depth in a post next week.
Total pages read: 25,032
Least favorite book: That would be A Dance To The Music Of Time, a novel that took a year to read and made my eyes bleed from boredom. Do yourself a favor and never read this novel, unless you’re an insomniac.
Favorite character: It’s still Yossarian from Catch 22. Who wouldn’t love to have a beer with that guy?
Most perverted book: Portnoy’s Complaint
Most inspirational book: Can you call To Kill A Mockingbird inspirational? I’ll give it the edge over The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Funniest book: It’s still Catch 22. Nothing else is even close.
Longest read: A Dance To The Music of Time was nearly the death of me in 2012. 3,500+ pages.
Shortest read: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Best opening line: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” (The Blind Assassin)
Most memorable line: Three favorites from the first 60:
1. “Soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” –Brother Juniper (The Bridge of San Luis Rey)
2. Soon you’ll regret all that sun-tanning. Your face will look like a testicle.” – Iris Chase
(Iris Chase, The Blind Assassin)
3. “Hate is a lack of imagination.” (The Unnamed Priest, The Power And The Glory)
Here’s to 10 more great novels! I’ll recap again after book 70.