My friend Brent Thomas is a really smart guy and I respect his opinion on many things. One of the areas that I wanted to get Brent’s opinion on is in the area of novels because I know Brent likes literature and is well read. So I posted a very random question in the comments section of one of his blog postings. The question was,

if you had to tell me five novels that I should read…what would they be…totally side note…but I was just curious what your top five novels were…not in any category…but the five you would take on a deserted island.

That was the question. Basically, I was looking for some suggestions of some novels I should be reading that I haven’t read. And I was curious what are those novels that people love so much they read them over and over again. Or as I said in the question, what are the five novels you would take with you on a deserted island?

Brent posted on this issue here with a list of his five books. It’s a good list. Brent lists:

* The Stranger by Albert Camus
* The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
* A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
* Moby Dick by Herman Melville
* Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Here is my list:

* Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
* My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
* Glittering Images by Susan Howatch
* The Stranger by Albert Camus
* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Surprisingly Brent I both listed The Stranger by Camus. Great book.

If you get a chance, go over to Brent’s blog and list your books so he can post them.