As Time Goes By

I’ve been publishing some form of A Celebration of Reading since the mid-90s and it represents a lot of reading ,,, a lot of books. I just spent more than an hour revisiting my annual lists of the 20 or so books I found that deserved mention. I’m sure after 25 years some of my old evaluations might no longer hold true but for the most part, even with my dimming gray cells, I can still recall why I enjoyed or was enlightened by most of the texts.

When I started this site I was actively (frantically?) collecting book lists from around the internet. Now I realize that I have created my own recommended reading lists and might humbly suggest that anyone following the my suggestions could easily be considered well-read. Look at the first entry for this website:


  1. The Cairo Trilogy — Naguib Mahfouz [Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street]
  2. Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austin
  3. The Odyssey — Homer
  4. The Snows of Kilimanjaro — Ernest Hemingway
  5. War with the Newts — Karel Capek
  6. The Shipping News — E. Annie Proulx
  7. Chronicle of a Death Foretold — Gabriel García Márquez
  8. Children of the Alley — Naguib Mahfouz
  9. Jealousy — Alain Robbe-Grillet
  10. Balthazar — Lawrence Durrell
  11. A River Runs Through It — Norman Maclean
  12. Journey To the End of Night –Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  13. Corelli’s Mandolin — Louis De Bernières
  14. The Dharma Bums — Jack Kerouac
  15. Dracula — Bram Stoker
  16. An Artist of the Floating World — Kazuo Ishiguro

One thought on “As Time Goes By

  1. It’s been a fascinating journey. I think I discovered you in 2001 or 2002. I have always admired your range, everything from the Canon of Western Lit, to the latest novel.


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