Back in January, I read Of Mice and Men for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In school, I some how managed to avoid Steinbeck, since I wrongly equated Steinbeck with the descriptors, boring and unnecessarily depressing. Although the book is very short and can be read in one sitting, Steinbeck does an excellent job of developing the characters and the story line. It was basically a very thought provoking novel, which is now one of my favorites.
As far as the other three books, they are all on my long long TBR list. Oh, if there were only thirty hours in a day!