Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Best Drop Biscuit" Books

ETA: Updated 30th June, 2016

I was reminiscing over the first time I tasted Mr Musacha's Best Drop Biscuits and he asked me this: What are the books that you've read that were like eating your first Best Drop Biscuit?

Oh! Oh, what a fun question. The delectable, buttery, crispy outside; the slightly salty and perfectly textured inside; the combination of the two; the irresistible nature of the experience; the unexpected awesomeness in such a neat package. Ah, bliss.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
--this is my favorite book. of all time. if it was a word the word would be perfect. 

Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag

The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz*
*Audiobook version is a must on this title

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 

The City & the City by China Mieville

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Crossroads trilogy by Kate Elliott

Dark Alliance by Gary Webb

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy

El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency by Ioan Grillo

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (play)

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde  (play)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Katherine by Anya Seton

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller

The Lion's Daughter by Loretta Chase

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver 

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Roots by Alex Haley

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne

Sympathy for the Devil by Kent Anderson 

The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox

Wench by Dolan Perkins-Valdez

The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice by Kathryn Bolkovac

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

Some of these titles I re-read often. Others were so emotionally trying I will probably never be able to read them again. All are alike in their ability to transport this reader beyond the page. Sometimes into tears, sometimes into giggles but always into the joy that only book lovers understand.

THERE is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away. 
Nor any coursers like a page of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll; 
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul! 
         --Emily Dickinson

There are some books that were "best drop biscuits" when I read them but have not survived my "adult eyes." I'm listing some I can remember because it's interesting to me to see how tastes/interpretations/understanding change(s) as we grow.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
(I still enjoy reading ST though in a different way than I did when I was younger but I can't make it through SinaSL)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I love suggestions so please feel free to comment with a pitch for your favorite books. 


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