Top 10 Relevant Reads

I wrote recently about the resurgence in popularity of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. In the past, I’ve written about the deep-set ire that accompanies discussions of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Although most classic literature can offer something relevant to individuals, some books just seem to be appropriate for the concerns of a particular era. 

Without further ado, here’s my top 10 list of books (in no particular order) with a message that might resonate in 2009: 

  1. John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
  2. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  3. Pearl Buck, The Good Earth
  4. Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
  5. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle
  7. Giles Slade, Made to Break
  8. Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis
  9. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  10. Arthur Miller, The Death of a Salesman

What’s your list?

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One Response to Top 10 Relevant Reads

  1. Vince says:

    Hi,
    This is a really great top ten list, I like your taste in books. I have read your 1, 2, 3, 6, and 10 picks and have to say that I have The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand higher than Atlas Shrugged. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list. Our web developer is also a developer for goodreads.com a really cool book site.

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