This really is an intriguing idea…if you could save only 8 books, which 8 would you choose? I’m picking up the idea from this blog, please check it out. When you’re done, maybe you’ll chime in with your choices. With all due respect to the millions of books that would not make it, here are my eight:
The 8 Books I’d Save
Book 1: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It’s the only fiction book I’ve ever read 3 times.
Book 2: Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. It’s the most fun book, ever.
Book 3: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I haven’t read it, and I think that’s overdue.
Book 4: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Kids need it.
Book 5: Odyssey by Homer.
Book 6: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Girls need it. It would somehow carry the spirit of American writer Edith Wharton who would, in turn, carry the spirits of English writers Jane Austen and Emily Bronte through as well.
Book 7: The Pursuit of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. Maybe not, he could write it again.
Book 8: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. History and adventure. It would carry the spirit of American Authors Poe, Faulkner and Frost.
My apologies to Shakespeare and Stephen King. You were both “bumped” by Odyssey. My deepest, most extravagant apologies to one of my favorite authors, Toni Morrison. I had to think of the kids. The world needs all of you. Please share your choices, even if it’s only one or two. I’d love to hear your thoughts.