What are your top 10 ten favorite books? Of all time. I find 10 a really hard number. Three? Easy. Even my 1 and only favorite book is easier than 10. We tend to have these superlative life-changing books that we continue to think of as our favorites even as we add more and more great ones to the list. So, I’m curious… what are yours?
This morning I Stumbled Upon World Book Night, a UK reading initiative that gets people reading on the same night in March. They’re currently in the process of narrowing down their long list of peoples’ 100 favorite books to 25. Many of my favorites were on the list (some weren’t). I was struck with this feeling that I really want some my favorites to be on the short list. Nothing against The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Notebook, it’s just that if The Notebook makes into the top 25 and Anna Karenina doesn’t… I will quite possibly cry. Which is why I immediately registered and added my own favorite books to the pool. (You can too.)
So here goes.
My criteria: all 10 books 1)kept me engaged/entertained/interested while reading then, i.e., I didn’t want to put it down, 2)the characters and narratives have stayed with me long after finishing the book, and 3)they all changed me in some way:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Now, I’d love to hear from you: what are your top ten? Also, for my British readers (and American – Why not?) do you think you’ll participate in World Book Night?
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