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And The Next Five Novels Will Be…

Thanks for voting on Friday and over the weekend, everyone.

Here’s how the results turned out.

The next 5 novels will be (listed by votes received, not the order in which I’ll be reading them):

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (11 votes)

I’ve been looking forward to this novel for quite some time. I’ve known people who say this is one of their favorite books. And as much as I enjoyed my first experience reading Evelyn Waugh (A Handful of Dust) I don’t expect this one to be any different.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac (11 votes)

Another beat writer, eh? Do you guys hate me? Just kidding. I read On The Road during my early 20s, not coincidentally after driving on a solo adventure across the United States, and I loved it. In fact, it was my favorite novel at the time. I’m curious, though, if I’ll think different of On The Road, now in my late 30s in a completely different stage of life.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (10 votes)

No experience with Midnight’s Children, though I seem to have read about it being a controversial novel. Having now finished Naked Lunch, I think the standard for “controversial novel” is through the stratosphere, at least in my view.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (8 votes)

I know nothing about this one, other than the fact it’s one of the most recent published novels on the list. White Teeth hit the stores in 2000.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (8 votes)

Another novel I’m not very familiar with, but you guys seem to like it so I’m sold.

So there’s your next five.

I loved reading through your comments and how many of you were watching out for me after reading Naked Lunch. Yes, I do need a mental break after reading that novel, and thanks for thinking about that.

What’s your take on the next five novels?

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14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on tha main mail.

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    March 30, 2015
  2. Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Sparks should be delightful. I found Midnight’s Children a bit of a slog.

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    March 30, 2015
  3. I like these choices! On The Road is one of my favourites, and I liked Midnight’s Children too though it’s a relatively dense read. Can’t wait to read your take on White Teeth 🙂

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    March 30, 2015
  4. White Teeth is amazing! Zadie Smith is an enticing writer

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    March 30, 2015
  5. Love Zaddie Smith

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    March 30, 2015
  6. I loved Brideshead Revisited, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m due for a re-read soon! White Teeth was a struggle but it was a lot more readable to me than On Beauty. And I STILL haven’t read Rushdie even though I’ve had Midnight’s Children on my shelves for years! All in all a good pick I say 🙂

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    March 30, 2015
  7. I’ve not read Brideshead Revisited, but I did read Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh, which I really enjoyed. Have you read that one?

    I’m looking forward to your comments on Brideshead.

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    March 30, 2015
  8. Excellent list!

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    March 31, 2015
  9. Fiona #

    midnights children is one my top three favorite novels. It is so worth the time invested. That being said brideshead and white teeth are both great too but midnight is truly in a league of its own

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    March 31, 2015
  10. misenplacememoir #

    On the Road is timeless, no matter your age, I think. That’s why it’s so good. I read it in my 20’s then again in my 40’s. it reminded me of being 20. No use forgetting all that…

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    March 31, 2015
  11. At least, you’re done with William Burroughs. Everything else should be downhill.

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    March 31, 2015
  12. I’ve actually read all of these (patting self on back). I read Brideshead Revisited in high school though and I think I was too young so it went over my head. On the Road, on the other hand, I read too late and it just didn’t resonate. When people wax on about how he wrote in on a scroll basically in one take, I’m like, yeah, I can tell! Haha. White Teeth I read but don’t remember so not sure what that says. Midnight’s Children I loved; same with Jean Brodie.

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    April 2, 2015
  13. I loved midnight’s children, although others have said they found it a difficult read. I think it’s maybe because it’s narrated by an Indian person, so the writing is very much ‘Indian english’, with indian colliquialisms and phrases thrown in. I’m of indian ethnicity so this is familiar to me and I guess understanding some of the references made it richer for me. You’ve made it through very varied styles of writing though, so I’m sure you’ll be fine with this one. The story itself is intriguing.

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    April 3, 2015
  14. I have been meaning to read White Teeth for ages, so I might wait to hear your thoughts on it first! Loved Brideshead Revisited and Muriel Spark is a lovely read. Enjoy!

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    April 13, 2015

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