Greetings, Salutations and All That Jazz,
What are your Top 10 favourite books?
I’ve been considering what my Top 10 might be. This is harder than I imagined. For starters, what’s my definition of “favourite”? If it’s books that I can’t put down, then a significant proportion of my Top Ten would be Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, or hell – even the Stephanie Meyers books (Team Edward, FYI). But being easy to turn the page isn’t enough justification for “favourite” status in my book. So, I think a working definition of “Top 10 Favourite books” needs to incorporate not necessarily books that I enjoy, but ones I respect – writing styles that inspired me or themes that really do tug at the ol’ heartstrings. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is an example of this – I couldn’t stand the characters and just wanted to get to The End, but once finished, I loved it as a complete piece (we’ll discuss that book soon Mr StephenKing, I have so many thinks brewing in my thinker, I’m bursting to get it all out!).
So anyway, today – because who knows what reading delights tomorrow will bring, my top 10 are:
- The Talisman, Stephen King & Peter Straub
- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
- Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
- It, Stephen King
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- The Stand, Stephen King
- Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, The Gawain Poet
- The Adventures Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I particularly like “The Speckled Band”
Hmm, anyone notice a particular theme?
That was harder than I anticipated. I really wanted to throw in some Australian authors such as Helen Hodgman, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, etc, but perhaps they’ll make the cut tomorrow 🙂
So.. what are yours?