My top 15 books

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


An old friend of mine, Cathy Green, started a series of “15 Books” postings on Facebook a few days ago. The idea is to list 15 favorite books that you can think of within 15 minutes.
Here’s my list:

Illuminatus! — Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea
Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson
The Gold Bug Variations — Richard Powers
Money — Martin Amis
Hyperion — Dan Simmons
Excession — Iain M. Banks
The Book of the New Sun — Gene Wolfe
Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
The World of Late Antiquity — Peter Brown
Nine Hundred Grandmothers — R.A. Lafferty
Main Street — Sinclair Lewis
Pale Fire — Vladimir Nabokov
This Immortal — Roger Zelazny
Islands in the Net — Bruce Sterling
Flag of EcstasyCharles Henri Ford

Of course, there are many books I wish I had listed.
After I posted my list, science fiction author L. Neil Smith posted his list of 15 books. You can find his list and other lists here.

What are your favorite 15? Post in the comments.


Laura Nemeth

Off the top of my head in no particular order, but does anyone see a pattern here?

The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy

Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes

The Road from Coorain - Jill Ker Conway

Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamott

The Shell Seekers - Rosamund Pilcher

Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

Sea Room  - Adam Nicolson

Kon Tiki - Thor Heyerdahl

On Rue Tatin - Susan Loomis

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat

Roman Fever - Edith Wharton

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer

84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff

The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough

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at Gettysburg, Garry Wills

At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Peter Matthiessen

Independent People, Haldor Laxness

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Crazy Horse, Mari Sandoz

Kim, Rudyard Kipling

them, Joyce Carol Oates

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

A Thousand Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Huck Finn, Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard

The Arc of Justice, Kevin Boyle

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe