Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read So Far in 2017

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
AMAZING fictional work.  Could not put this down, and wished it never ended.

Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
Equally AMAZING non-fiction work.  A new favorite author.  : )

Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis
Could not have been more grateful to have read this.
Lewis took the complicated and made it clear.

The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis
Again, Lewis' ingeniously exposes human nature.
What better subject than human nature?

55 Men The Story of the Constitution
based on the day-by-day notes of James Madison - Fred Rodell
Dear United States Schools:
throw away your tedious, lifeless textbooks about the U.S. Constitution,
and just have your students READ THIS.  Thank you.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
I don't know why, but this one just feels like home to me.
Even better this second time around.


  1. What a great list, Ruth! C.S. Lewis got two slots on my Top Ten as well. And Zora Neale Hurston is LOVELY. I think you'd like her biography {Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.} x

    1. Thank you. I would love to read The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She did not get much attention when she was alive, but I am fascinated to know more. Thank you. Putting it on my list, pronto.

    2. Oh ZNH bio - now that does sound good! Thanks.

  2. Haven't read the Constitution one. Need to.

    Now I'm interested in what you liked about Reading Lolita. I enjoyed the descriptions of life in Iran (I've even tried pouring my coffee over ice cream), but overall I found the author to be arrogant. How can she go on and on about women being persecuted in her own country while loving a book like Lolita which is a sordid tale (in my opinion) about an older man sexually abusing a young girl?

    Hope I didn't offend you; I'm not implying that you should not have liked it, I want to know what you liked because I probably missed something. I tend to make snap judgments.

    1. Good point, and since I have not read Lolita, I didn't pay attention to it. I had to go back to my notes to see if I found anything that answered your questions. All I wrote about was Nobokov and what Nafisi said about his other novel Invitation to a Beheading. I scanned through my copy and I think she should have called that section "Invitation to a Beheading" not "Lolita" because she used more references from Invitation than Lolita. I found a little part where she explains why their hearts break for the heroine, and why they still read it. I know she did not praise it, but something in her depressed state attracted her and the others to read Lolita and relate to her. Maybe they felt raped and abused by their government and society -- in fact, I know they did feel that way under the Iranian regime. So maybe that was it.

      I will tell you this: while I am totally excited to have been exposed to her literary ideas and work, I am more disappointed to see that she now embraces the American liberal/Leftist political ideology; and I wonder how she cannot see the dangerous similarities to socialism, communism, and the Islamic regime. After having basic freedoms and liberties stripped from you, I expected her to relate more to the conservative or even libertarian political view. I am really, really curious why she thinks the Left is headed in the RIGHT direction of liberty and privacy. I just don't see it.

  3. Your fine posting gives me some good ideas for reading in the future. However, as for The Great Gatsby, I recall being so saddened by the book in my past readings that I'm not sure about revisiting it in my present state of mind; moreover, I was not too impressed by Hurston, but I think I was being stubborn and close-minded at the time because it was an assigned text in a class with an instructor whom I abhorred. The Lewis books, though, most interest me. Thanks for your posting.

  4. What a great selection. A bit of C.S. Lewis is always a good idea, in whatever form. I've just finished reading the Narnia series with my youngest son. I haven't read The Great Gatsby for years and my memory is a bit sketchy, but I remember thinking what a tragic waste for several characters at the time. May try again some time.

    1. Yes, GG is terribly tragic.

      I am beginning to love CS Lewis. I just purchased two more: A Grief Observed and A Problem of Pain.

  5. Mere Christianity...Lewis is brilliant for making the complex simple without dumbing it down.