Reason number 4:
I enjoy delicious language!
And John Steinbeck can really put words together in a fascinating way!
Quotes from "East of Eden":
"Tom got into a book, crawled and groveled between the covers, tunneled like a mole among the thoughts, and came up with the book all over his face and hands."
"Cathy had always been able to shovel into the mind of any man and dig up his impulses and his desires".
Quotes from "Grapes of Wrath":
"On the highway the people moved like ants and searched for work, for food. And the anger began to ferment."
"Man- he lives in jerks. Woman, it's all one flow, like a stream , little eddies, little waterfalls but the river, it goes right on".