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I've been thinking about what interests me the most, both in writing and in art. You'd think this would be easy. It is not. I like a lot of things, it turns out, and sometimes I'm in the mood for one thing, and sometimes another. However, life is short, and I think that it's important to identify the core of what matters to me so that I can make wise choices about how to spend my time.

I've been wondering what I would do if I could only choose ten books to read for the rest of my life. Out of my list of favorite books, if I had to decide today, which would I re-read over and over for decades?

1. More Than Human - Theodore Sturgeon
2. Ubik - Philip K. Dick
3. Last Call - Tim Powers
4. Expiration Date - Tim Powers
5. Earthquake Weather - Tim Powers
6. Mother Aegypt - Kage Baker
7. Thirteen Phantasms - James Blaylock
8. In for a Penny - James Blaylock
9. Collected Poems - Edna St. Vincent Millay
10. Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

There you have it - six novels, three short story collections, and one volume of poetry to last me a lifetime. I didn't put The Anubis Gates on the list because I could almost recite it by now, so I would want to read other books by Tim Powers instead. I thought about including something classic, like Hemingway, but then I remembered that this is the whole rest of my life I'm talking about, and I would rather read some thoroughly awesome science fiction. But the poetry remains. Vincent was a rock star.

I wonder if my list will be the same five years from now, or ten. I know it would have been different ten years ago.

Which ten books would you choose?

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antonstrout
Oct. 10th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
dammit, now I'm gonna be thinking about this all day... and I'm sure I'll never narrow it down!

Although I think Anubis Gates would make it on mine... sadly, it's the only thing of his I've read to date, but it did make me add gypsies to book two in my series...
nayad
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Post your list later! :)
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