Top Ten

One of my friends asked me awhile ago to write down my ten favorite books. It’s really not possible, since my favorite books are changing all the time. The following is what came to the top of my head at the time, but some of them I haven’t read for awhile. So the list is probably skewed some. Anyway, here they are:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love Persuasion as well, but I think Pride and Prejudice is my favorite.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Edited version, since the original is three volumes with lots of description.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. There’s a reason they’re called classics. I haven’t read this in years, but I liked it so much I talked my high school English teacher Mrs. Madsen into letting me buy the school’s copy from her because I had marked it up.
  • P.G. Wodehouse. Anything by him. I open any of his books anywhere and am immediately ensconced in pre-war England, complete with buddies at the club, gentlemen’s gentlemen, controlling aunts, doddering uncles, royal pigs, and sentence after sentence of sheer mastery. I think a modern way to put it would be “brain candy”.
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley. Pure magic. Reading this is like eating rich chocolate–you continue to taste it and roll it around on your tongue long after you’ve finished.
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I love the old-fashioned writing, and, of course, Anne herself.
  • Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter. I also love Laddie. And The Harvester. And Freckles. And, of course, The Girl of the Limberlost.
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She is a master at creating a story world. The perfect thing to escape into.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2 responses

17 03 2010

Remind me -again- what are those funny mysteries you enjoy so much? I’m in the mood for something that will make me laugh. A lot. Because my kids haven’t done that enough lately…

5 12 2012

Oh my Wendy, no wonder I like you so much – out of your top ten list seven are on my list, three aren’t but only because I haven’t read them yet (Mockingbird, Cristo, Les MIserables). I can’t believe you like Keeper of the Bees- I don’t know anyone else who knows that book- squeal of joy. Beauty and the Beast was always my favorite fairy tale and then in high school I read Beauty and passed my copy on to my girls when they came along and were old enough to read it. I’d also add Princess Bride to the list.
Thanks for sharing!

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