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?