I’ve resisted this idea for some time now but I’m finally giving in. A few weeks ago, the blog at Amazon.com had several posts about Top Ten lists inspired by the book The Top Ten by J. Peder Zane. And then yesterday Stefanie had a post on the book. So I figured I’d take a crack at listing my own top ten. I will probably leave out some excellent books that I couldn’t think of at the time I came up with my list. I know I read some fantastic novels in high school, but I was too young to really appreciate them. As a result, this list will be made up of books I’ve read more recently. Without further ado, drumroll please…
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Just amazing and a reminder of the importance of books
- 1984 by George Orwell – One of the few books I’ve read that ends with absolutely no hope
- The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Patrick O’Brian – Okay, so I cheated, but they can all be read like one long novel
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – What to say, classic Fantasy series, cheated again
- World War Z by Max Brooks – Most people don’t take zombie books seriously, but an incredibly thoughtful novel
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Yes, I’m on the bandwagon (but I did read it months before it became an Oprah pick!)
- Dune by Frank Herbert – A great, wonderfully deep Science Fiction novel, that’s three Sci-Fi books
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – I really enjoy Rushdie’s style, I don’t read enough novels based outside the U.S.
- The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara – the Pulitzer Prize winner, I’ve heard his son’s books don’t compare
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – Only book on the list not written in English, this one is dark but with some bit of hope at the end
There it is. I have to admit, it ended up being quite a bit of fun. Not too many traditional classics on my list. I was a bit fearful of this at first, but I know book lovers are a gentle bunch and won’t give me any grief. Different than a lot of the lists I’ve seen, but different is good, right? I hope I don’t start thinking this way, ordering books as I read them. It’s kind of like ordering your children from favorite to least, not healthy, they’re all favorites!