The problem is I don't really want to bump anybody, but I have to add
#1 David Foster Wallace. I will re-read his books. All of them. Multiple times, and I don't do that. When I re-read a book, I think of all the time I'm wasting when I could be reading something new. I know that if I read DFW's 100 times I'll get something new every time.
He is getting that #10 spot that I couldn't ever 100% decide on.
Jonathon Safran Foer is quickly making his way into the list too. I LOVED Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated. I can't read his new one, Eating Animals, because I know it will disturb me to an extent that may result in my commitment to a long-term mental health facility.
Here's the old list:
- Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon, Quicksilver, The Confusion, The System of the World, Snow Crash, Zodiac, The Big U, The Diamond Age
- John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp
- Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Long Dark Teatime of the Soul
- J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenter and Seymour: an Introduction, Nine Stories, The Catcher in the Rye
- Tom Robbins - Still Life with the Woodpecker, Skinny Legs and All, Another Roadside Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume
- Terry Pratchett - ALL
- Kurt Vonnegut - The Sirens of Titan, Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Slapstick
- Sena Jeeter Naslund - Ahab’s Wife, The Four Spirits, Abundance
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Orson Scott Card (Thanks for the suggestion Pat!) - I do love Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, and The Worthing Saga. In that same sort of vein, I also do love
- Frank Herbert - Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune