The List–For Now

There’s something artificial about any numbered list of “bests.” Criteria are fluid and subjective. You can cheat by allowing for “ties” and end up with more than the stated number. Or heck just make it the “50 best” say, rather than the 10 best or whatever. My own list of 10 all time favorite novels is constantly changing. I add new ones as I read them. I remember ones from the past that need to be included. But, for what it’s worth, here’s the list as it stands right now, in NO particular order.



Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keys

night flight


Night Flight, Antoine de St. Exupéry

tree brooklin


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith





color purple


The Color Purple, Alice Walker


age of innocence


The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton


The Circle


The Circle, Dave Eggers



The Wall 2


The Wall, John Hersey


grapes of wrath


The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck


Pere Goriot


Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac



cry beloved


Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton




About Lida Bushloper

writer and poet
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