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A ReadingSocial (Virtual Bookshelf) reader on Facebook wrote to me: "Hey, I noticed you've read a lot of boooooks. Can you please help me with your top five books? I've begun a list of books I want to read and I want to diversify what I read. Can you please include any spritual books? "
 
It took a while for me to pick five books and identifying my top five books would take months so I recommended:
  • Peter Ackroyd. Hawksmoor
  • William Blake. Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Kahil Gibran. The Prophet
  • George Grossmith. Diary of a Nobody
  • Alan Watts. Tao, the watercourse way
What would you have suggested?
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Can't say that the spiritual level of a book really comes to mind for me. I guess if I were picking my five favourite fictional works, they might easily be:

1. 1001 Nights (by Scheherezade, I suppose)
2. Dhalgren by Samuel Delany
3. Ficciones, or maybe Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges
4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
5. Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman

I'd probably stick with the last two for spirituality too, and maybe throw in some like The Glass Bead Game (Hesse*) or 100 Years of Solitude (Garcia Marquez) or The Tin Drum (Grass) or Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky), say.

* I know you know who these are by, Theo, but I didn't want to assume everyone else reading would.
Borges is one of those authors that I know I would love but have never read. So many books... so little time!
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