And The Next Five Novels Are…
Finally, the next five books. A fresh start. A few new authors. This is one of my favorite parts of this project–deciding on which books to read next.
As always, it’s a mix between short and long novels. My strategy is to not leave myself weighted down by a bunch of the thicker novels at the end. So I always try and have a good mix of the long stuff and the short stuff.
So here’s the next five, in no particular order.
The Crying Of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. This will be my second read of this short Pynchon novel. I read it in college and remember really liking it. A dozen years later, we’ll see if my tastes have changed.
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow: I’ve been on the verge of picking this novel several times now, so it’s time. Doctorow is one of those authors that’s a must-read, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about with this one–including the musical based on this novel.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway: I love Hemingway. This will be another re-read for me. Some people don’t like Hemingway’s short, simple style. But I’ve always found it refreshing.
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth: American Pastoral was my first experience with Roth, and I loved that novel. Roth is an outstanding writer. I’ve heard great things about Portnoy’s Complaint, so this is one I’m excited about diving into.
All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren: Another classic that I’ve never read. I honestly don’t know a lot about this book other than the fact that it was made into a popular movie. Feel free to fill me in.
In all, this looks like a pretty solid group of books.
I’ll be wrapping up The Golden Notebook and posting my review next week. After that, it’s on to these five.
What should I expect from these novels?