Diverting from the usual program, here are my top ten novels (why ten? Well, I’m an engineer and, besides, have ten fingers). Not necessarily in any particular order:
- “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom
- “Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”, by Richard Bach
- “Time and Again” by Jack Finney
- “Joshua” by Joseph Girzone
- “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns
- “A River Runs through It” by Norman Maclean
- “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
- “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner
- “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck
- “This Random Sky” by James L. Summers
- “The Red Car” by Don Stanford
- “The Mudhen” by Merritt Parmelee Allen
Somehow, each of these novels have impressed me enough that I’ve kept a copy and read them more than once. I think I’ve read “Illusions” at least four times and began to re-read “The Time Keeper” immediately after finishing it the first time.
As for favorite novelists, I usually begin by naming Steinbeck, Hemingway and Twain but on making this list realize that I’ve not re-read any Hemingway in many years.
As I list these novels, the sad thing is that my own is not among them – apparently, you have to actually write it down before it can be printed. I have taken ten pretty good photographs though.