But I'm going to be reflecting on all of that a bit more thoroughly next week and over the next few months. Today, we're specifically looking at the previous twenty books.
Two of these books were written by women, To the Lighthouse and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and I really liked the latter. I think my overall "favourite" of the group was Native Son which wasn't so much a favourite as simply the most striking and memorable of the books, which I still think about on a regular basis, particularly with the events of the summer and Black Lives Matter demonstrations. I don't think I always mention this in my round ups, but the books again have an average publication date before 1950 - specifically 1939, with Slaughterhouse-Five and Invisible Man being the two books in this set that were published after 1950.
Here is the usual ugly tabulation of these results: