top 10

Leslie commented last week that one of my current reads, A Separate Peace, is one of her top ten favorite books.  Which made me wonder two things:

1 – Do you actually have a list, Leslie?  Or was that more of an approximation?

and

2 – What would I consider to be my top ten all-time favorites? 

So I’ve been thinking this over and have come up with a list.  These may or may not be examples of great  literature, but they are books I’ve either read over and over again, or books that have stuck with me and I definitely intend to revisit.  (Disclaimer: this list is based on my feelings right now.  If you ask me this question again in a week, a month, or a year, I reserve the right to supply a completely different list every time.)

In no particular order — because this is hard enough, and that would be entirely impossible —

1 – Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

2 – Coming Home (Rosamunde Pilcher)

3 – Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)

4 – Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)

5 – Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

6 – My Antonia (Willa Cather)

7 – To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee)

8 – Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson)

9 – The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

10 – The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

Honorable Mentions: Alcott’s Little Women, Chbosky’s Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pilcher’s Winter Solstice, Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street, Lowry’s The Giver.  And of course, the Harry Potter books and the Little House books — though these are easily favorites, I love them in their entirety rather than as individual volumes.

What are your top ten?

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~ by Molly on June 1, 2009.

3 Responses to “top 10”

  1. I do have a top ten list, but they are in no particular order.

    1) Pride and Prejudice
    2) Running with Scissors
    3) A Separate Peace
    4) Where the Heart Is
    5) House of Sand and Fog
    6) My Sister’s Keeper
    7) The Other Boleyn Girl
    8 ) The Lovely Bones
    9) Inherit the Wind
    10) The Christmas Box

    • Thanks! I really liked both The Lovely Bones and The Other Boleyn Girl (as well as P&P, obviously, since it’s on my list too), but haven’t read any of the others. Will have to keeep those in mind…

  2. I’m not sure I could come up with a list of my top ten favorite books, but I could definitely do a top ten favorite authors list. I’ll start working on it in case you put out a call for it.

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