This idea comes from Kath’s [Insert Suitably Snappy Title Here] blog. She’s created a top-ten list of books on her shelves. I thought it would be fun to scan my shelves and make my own.
Caroline’s Top Ten (in no particular order):
1. Possession — AS Byatt
2. Katherine — Anya Seton
3. What’s Bred in the Bone — Robertson Davies
4. The Count of Monte Cristo — Alexandre Dumas
5. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner
6. The Selected Journals of Lucy Maude Montgomery, volumes 1-5 (I’m cheating here, I know)
7. Shadow of the Almighty — Elisabeth Elliot
8. The Power of One — Bryce Courtenay
9. Into Thin Air — Jon Krakauer
10. The Phatom Tollbooth — Norton Juster
Have you read any of these? Any on my list on your list, too? Add your list in the comments or make this post a link to your own.
Lisa and Laura says
We must have completely different taste! I haven’t read any of these. I’ll have to check them out!
I haven’t read too many of these. And I feel kind of dumb because The Power of One is one of my favorite movies (among many of course, since like books I have many favorite movies) and I never knew it was a book!
Have you seen the movie too? How do they compare?
Southern Princess says
Count of Monte Cristo! A classic & favorite of mine… this is a great idea. I may have to do the same on my blog. Though I have not read but one of yours, you definitely made me add to my TBR (to be read) list!!
This post made me realize I don’t own a lot of my favorite books! This problem needs to be rectified.
I think the only book on your list I’ve read is The Count of Monte Cristo–I’ll have to add some of the others to my list.
I do own everything Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens wrote and I love all of them. I think I need to buy more books!
Heidi Willis says
Into Thin Air would be on my top ten too!
Last summer I gave my son my copy of Phantom Tollbooth from when I was a kid and he loved it. I think that has to be the height of creativity!
I have a first edition of Shadow of the Almighty, but I haven’t read it for a very, very long time. I’ll have to do that!
Caroline Starr Rose says
Heidi! You were a blog friend before this point, but now you’re a book friend, too. 🙂
Rosslyn Elliott says
Hmmm – Tabitha also recommended The Power of One to me. So many good books, so little time.
Jemi Fraser says
I loved the Count of MC. LM Montgomery is an all time fave. Like Natalie, I don’t own all of my faves. I do have beautiful boxed editions of Hobbit and LoTR that I adore. Also the Little Women series. Okay McCaffrey & Robb are there too – I guess I do own quite a few of my faves 🙂
Stephanie Thornton says
Wow! I haven’t read any of these although Possession has been on my list for a while. I’m hoping to knock out several books over Winter Break so I’ll add some of these to the list. Thanks!
I love seeing other people’s (especially writers) favorite book lists, so thanks for sharing. I loved the Power of One, but I will say that the sequel Tandia wrecked me.
I’m going to have to think about my list and I would have to break it down by genre I think (with a YA fantasy top ten and an everything else top ten). But my favorite book of all time is a book called The Mountain Is Young by Han Suyin. It’s out of print, but well worth the read. The writing is exquisite.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Tandia wrecked you?? You’ve got to explain. I think I liked it even more than The Power of One.
I must say, I don’t think I know of many Americans who’ve read both. Cool.
Tandia=Brilliant writing and a sadness factor of infinity. I’m a wimpy reader who loves hope and happy endings. It’s been a long time since I read it, but I can still remember crying my eyes out.