Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s TTT is a rewind, to give those of us who may not have participated in past TTT’s a chance to share our lists now.
I’ve decided to list my all-time favorite books, although I’m going to cheat a little: some of my favorite books are actually a whole series, but I am going to count them as one book here (otherwise my list wouldn’t consist of ten books, it would be more like forty).
These are my top ten all-time favorite books (in no particular order–except for the first one–because that is just too hard):
1. The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood
I first read this book as a teenager when my mother had to read it for a college course she was taking. Atwood immediately became one of my favorite authors, and I have read this book probably three or four more times since then.
2. The Dark Tower series — Stephen King
This is my favorite series ever. I am not a huge fan of King’s horror books (I’m not a huge fan of horror, period) but this series is like nothing he has ever written before or since. It is more Science Fiction/Fantasy (I don’t know that it can be neatly fit into a certain genre), and it is amazing. I would love to reread it at some point, after I’ve gotten through the monster TBR pile I have going now.
3. The More Than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide — Douglas Adams
I have read this series three times? Maybe four? Every time I reread it, I laugh just as much as I did when I read it the first time. This book will never get old to me.
4. Maya Angelou’s memoirs, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I finally read this entire series last year, after reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings years ago. Wow. Angelou is an amazing woman who has had one heck of a life. She’s inspiring, tough, tender and funny. These are by far the best memoirs I have ever read.
5. The Lacuna — Barbara Kingsolver
Prior to this book being published, my favorite book by Kingsolver was The Poisonwood Bible. The Lacuna has taken that book’s place. I thought The Lacuna was so great that I have recommended it to everyone I’ve come across since I read it last year. I am completely in love with it.
6. The World According to Garp — John Irving
For those of you who follow my blog, or pay attention to what I’m reading when I post about it on Twitter, you will know that I just read this book last month. I cannot believe I waited so long to read it. I loved it. There are few books that will really make you go through every emotion when you read them, but this is one of those books. I was entirely sucked in by it.
7. Walden — Henry David Thoreau
I try to read this once a year. I am so in love with the idea of living simply and peacefully. No TV. No phone. Just me, some good books and the calming sounds of nature. But I have to be honest: I love nature, but from a distance. I can do without a TV and a phone, but I could never live in a cabin without running water, a nice bathroom and something to keep the bugs away. Haha! So I read this and live it through Thoreau. It’s a great book.
8. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
I have read quite a few books/series about vampires, but Anne Rice’s books take the cake. I have yet to find someone who can turn being such an evil monster into something so desirable and truly romantic. (Forget Stephenie Meyer… she doesn’t even come close.) Rice is a fantastic writer and once I started this series, I couldn’t stop until I’d read the whole thing. I will definitely be rereading these in the future, as well.
9. White Oleander — Janet Fitch
I love the characters in this book. Especially the mother. Enough said.
10. The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982
I can’t exactly put my finger on why I liked this book so much. I read it last summer and devoured it. JCO is a very private person, so even in her journals she doesn’t give too much of herself, but what she did write down touched me in some way that I have a hard time explaining. I really wish I could get my hands on the rest of her journals.
So, there you have it. Those are my all-time favorite books at this moment. With all of the books I will be reading in the future, I’m sure this list will change dozens of times, but at least five of them will always remain.
I would love for you to share your favorite books with me, so leave a comment and let me know… I’m always looking for new recommendations. Happy reading!