- The Great Gatsby. I once read The Great Gatsby on three consecutive days. It got funnier each time. I have not seen the 2012 movie version. I'm guessing it sucked, although Leonardo DiCaprio, I'm guessing, made a pretty good Gatsby. Spider Man made a good Nick Carraway, too. Maybe I should go see it. The Robert Redford (also a good Gatsby) movie sucked. Great novel. I even created a study guide for it.
- 1984. Orwell's dystopic vision of the future is chilling. I'll admit it's been a few years since I've read this classic--too many books about wizards, dragons and demigods (I'm a nerd, too)--but its theme of the dangers of an overreaching government serve as an important warning long after the year 1984. I wrote a study guide for 1984 too.
- Slaughter House V. There are several novels by Kurt Vonnegut that could make this list. I'll choose my favorite. It was between this and Mother Night. Here's a study guide for Slaughterhouse V. Never mind, I don't have a study guide for Slaughterhouse V. How embarrassing!
- A Christmas Carol. Several Dickensian efforts could have made this list. I went with the Dickens novel I've read the most. In fact, I read it every December. David Copperfield or Great Expectations would make fine additions to the list as well. As far as movie adaptations go, I kind of liked the computer animated Jim Carey movie, even though I may have been the only one. The old school black and white movie with Alistair somebody you've never heard of because he died a long time ago is really good, too. Scrooged with Bill Murray's pretty dang funny, too.
- The Good Soldier. Underrated classic by Ford Madox Ford. It's pretty short, too.
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Trent Lorcher teaches English at Foothill High School in Henderson, NV. He has a really hot wife, five beautiful kids and a loveable dog.