"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads."
- François Mauriac (courtesy of Kara Monterey, @kmonterey)
Intrigued by this quote, I’ve pulled together a list. This is the order in which they occurred to me. I’ve not been one to read many things more than once, so the list is short. When you’ve looked through it, and been duly shocked and amazed by my tastes, I’d love to see what would be on your list.
The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, The Screwtape Letters
Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, The Gambler, Notes from Underground
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
Strunk and White
The Brothers Grimm
Stephen Lawhead’s Song of Albion Trilogy (The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, The Endless Knot), Dream Thief
Patricia McKillip's Riddle of Stars Trilogy
The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
Phantastes, by George MacDonald
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer
Pride and Prejudice
My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Alice in Wonderland
The Wizard of Oz
Selected Poems of Ezra Pound
Any number of picture books, but especially Dr. Seuss
I don't know that this reveals my "heart," but it says something about the kinds of stories I like. There's a bit of my history in there too, and no doubt some of my personality comes through.