1. Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda Ros (1867)
Now, I wrote on Irene Iddesleigh earlier this year. It makes it the Honorable Mentions because of this fact. It was bad. I started reading the book a couple of years ago mainly to make fun of it. Okay, that was the only reason I wanted to read it. Reading Irene was a real challenge. Ros really did not use that complicated of language. She just used words improperly. She stands as an example. If it is old, it does not mean that it is good. People comment that the only books that are good and should be read are the classics. Irene Iddesleigh goes to show that Twilight might be adored in the future for its horribleness.
2. The English Patient by Micheal Ondaatje (1992)
I read this during the Contemporary Literature class that I mentioned in the Top Books section. I enjoyed the story, yet there was one section which really moved me. I even wrote a post about it. I was moved by that thought. The thought that people throughout history have wanted to be remembered. It makes the Honorable Mention section because really it did not have that much of an effect. I liked it. I did. It just did not blow me away like the other books in the Top Books. I was also a little bit confused. The English Patient was my first Post-modern novel.
3. The Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (2005)
Freshman year of college, I bought Memoirs of a Geisha from the five dollar movie bin. It was amazing. I know there is controversy around the casting and all of that. But, I never read the book. I never knew there was a book. That was until I was browsing through Goodreads. The book had so much more information than the movie. Yet for sentimental reasons, I cannot get the movie out of my head. I really do like that we get to learn Sayuri’s fate beyond the end of the movie. She got a fulfilled life outside of the geisha world.
4. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien (1954)
JRR Tolkien has a unique writing style which one has to get used to. That is why before finishing The Lord of the Rings, some people had to read The Hobbit and Tree and Leaf. I started reading The Lord of the Rings on the last final day of eighth grade. I finished it this year. That is why it has to be mentioned. Without reading the other two books, I still might be reading The Fellowship of the Ring. After finishing the first two books (a.k.a. The Fellowship of the Ring), I discovered Tolkien’s son published The Fall of Arthur which is Tolkien’s tale of the death of King Arthur.
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
I do not really read Southern writers. McCarthy is an exception. He does not write like a Southern writer. I read The Road during the Contemporary Literature class mentioned above (See a pattern here?). I also started reading the book on a way to and from a funeral. McCarthy has a father and a son walking on a road to nowhere. Yet in the end, there is hope. I love how all of these really bad things happen, yet there is a light (which is not a train) at the end of the tunnel. It was inspiring enough to read Blood Meridian which dashed all hope. PS. Blood Meridian is still good enough of a book to read.