My Top 10 Books
Top 10 books of all time
Tough! A surprisingly tough question. I included series instead of individual books. First, I thought of all the books I love to read again and again. Then the series tumbled out and after that books that I probably will never read again because I can’t handle them but they broke my mind in some way. There’s no way I’m actually dividing these books in a scale of one to ten. That’s way too hard to do.
Books I love to read again and again…
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The ultimate romantic book in my opinion. The message for me is simple: no matter how many Wickhams are out there, persevere and you will stumble across a Darcy or a Bingley. The wit and the humour brings me back time and time again.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Groan - go on, I know you want to! I’m pointedly not talking about the Twilight series. Pointedly. I love the characters in this - they’re realistic. The struggle of fighting against a creeping change in society is wonderful. I love the story - it makes me feel-good.
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
This book is when I want to bawl my eyes out. This pulls all of my heart-strings. Years ago, I went through a WW2 phase and this is the only book that I’ll pick up again and again. The mother is a proper villain!
A Little Princess by France Hodgson Burnett
Another tear jerker and feel good story. I read this a lot when I was younger and I still read it every couple of years. It’s a beautiful story with beautiful characters - even the villains!
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda (currently reading)
I’m on book 30 and I’m loving every single moment of this. It has me in fits of giggles and shedding a tear here and there. I doubt I’ll be surfacing from this pirate world any time soon.
The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett
Anyone who knows me, knows that Terry Pratchett is my favourite human being. The world he create blows my mind every single time I read his books. The humour, the depth and the characters are all real. His was a master world-builder and storyteller.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Other than Roald Dahl - Philip Pullman was my first deep dive into the fantasy genre. Lyra was my best friend for a really long time. I didn’t realise it was a series for the longest time - think ten years - and when I did I squealed and started saving up for the second and third book. Again, it comes down to well written characters - have you noticed the pattern? The courage, helplessness, anxiety, love and friendship that is portrayed in this series kept me coming back for more.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
My journey to read this book is a story in itself - and I think most readers will agree that reading this epic changed their lives in some shape. What I love most about this book is there is little to no love interest. Yes, there’s friendship love but there’s no ‘I most find the love of my life to survive!’ which, let’s face it, gets boring pretty quick. It’s the scope of the world-building that I’m drawn to. I cannot build a world to the same extent - I get bored too quickly. However, I see the benefits of it through these books and this story.
(Probably) Never read again…
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
22, I think, when I read this. First attempted at 15-ish. I couldn’t relate to it at that age but by my early 20’s I was able to step into someone else’s shoes. I’ve only read it the once. Never had the desire to read it again. Some of the characters made my blood boil - most of them did. I can’t put my finger on why this one is one my list. I just know it has to be here. Yes, it’s a good book and I’d recommend reading it.
Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl by Harriot Jacobs
Absolutely harrowing true story. That’s why I won’t read it again. However, go read it. Especially right now.
There you have it…
My top 10 - mind, I could do this list over and over with a different top each time. The one thing I notice missing from this list is contemporary books. I’ve said it time and time again that I have to start reading books from my peers. I just remembered The Life of Pi! I’ll have to make a second list at some point.
What’s your top 10?
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