23 February 2015

Books I'll Read AGAIN in 2015

Last month I posted a link to the 59 Books I Read in 2014 as chronicled by goodreads.com. In 2015, I plan to read several books that I've read before along with, of course, a great many books I've never read before. Like many avid readers, I have a number of books that like to return to every so often because they mean so much to me. So without further ado, here is 2015's edition of the books I plan to reread because I love them so:

  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

A book as poetic as it is transcendental. I love this wild carpet ride through years of war and magic.

  On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

I have infinite respect for King, and this book is worth reading not only for what it has to say about the craft but also for its insights into the man himself.

  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Just a story about a man on a motorcycle trip with his son. This book never fails to inspire and stir me.

  Misery

A writer's bible on the magic of the Gotta and the dangers of the Bee Goddess.

  Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

I'm still figuring this book out. The Judge is perhaps the best written embodiment of the versatility, talent, and cold-heartedness of the human race -- what some might call the devil within us all. Whatever. This book is a masterpiece that I need to spend more time with.

  The Book of Nightmares

Still my favorite work of poetry this side of the great epics of antiquity.

  The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

A science fiction masterpiece -- strange and beautiful.

Cat's Cradle: A Novel

I could choose any number of Vonnegut's novels to revisit, but I think this one is my favorite because of its religion, Bokononism, versified in calypsos.


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