Tuesday, February 10, 2009


"If you want to know the heart of a man, ask not what he reads, but what he re-reads." (Francois Mauriac)

My top 5 re-reads:

5) The Fountainhead
4) Lolita
3) Wonderboys
2) The Hobbit
1) Hamlet

What are yours?


Ben said...

My top 5:

1) Black Spring by Henry Miller

2) House of Leaves, Only Revolutions by Mark Z.
Danielewski (sneaking two books in here

3) The Politics of Experience by RD Laing

4) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

5) The World According to Garp by John Irving

I have to disagree with you on Rand. I kind of despise her.

Lisa said...

Yeah there's something about The Fountainhead that appeals to me, but I agree that overall she's kind of hateful. I usually re-read passages from The Fountainhead rather than the entire book, since it's about a million pages long (thus it being #5 instead of #1 :) Hamlet is my favorite thing to re-read ever).

I haven't read any of yours. I'll have to check them out.

Taryn said...

Hmm, this was hard. I re-read a lot of books. Different seasons, different moods call for the re-reading of books.

I guess my top 5 would be...

1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

2. On the Road

3. Catcher in the Rye

4. Stone Butch Blues

5. As I Lay Dying

Lisa said...

Ooooo On the Road and Catcher in the Rye. Those are great. I haven't read the other three - I'll have to put them on my list!

Ben said...

I want to amend my list a bit. I re-read Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf and Demian a lot. I also read JS Mill's On Liberty about once a year.

Lisa said...

Oh yeah, On Liberty is great!