1. Name up to 3 books you think everyone should read.
I thought a lot about this. Should I give varied titles? Work off a theme? There are too many books I consider a must. So, I'll go with 3 cautionary tales.
- 1984 (more relevant today than ever)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (the dangers of prejudice)
- The Plot Against America (demonstrates how easy it can be to lose freedoms in the name of security)
- Philip Roth (a true wordsmith)
- Arthur Clarke (his books show true vision)
- Minette Walters (suspense/mystery doesn't get better than her books)
I knew going in this would be iffy. I don't like telling people a book doesn't have redeeming qualities. Just because I don't like a book doesn't mean someone else won't like it. So, I won't name titles, but I will say that just because someone is an expert on a subject doesn't mean he or she can write a novel about that subject.
And I found John Grisham's The Firm oddly disappointing. Halfway through, I realized the protag was always a step or two ahead of the baddies and that just killed the suspense for me.