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Your Favorite Authors' Top Ten Favorite Books

Posted by Cybil on September 05, 2017

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Here's an interesting question: Name your ten favorite books. Can you do it? How do you make such tough choices? As part of our Goodreads Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, we asked several of your top authors to share their ten favorite books—no doubt a daunting task for any reader. But they were up for the challenge.

See if you share favorite books with Stephen King, Tana French, Khaled Hosseini, Brit Bennett, Brian K. Vaughan, Ken Follett, Colleen Hoover, Atul Gawande, Sarah J. Maas, Karan Mahajan, Danzy Senna, and Lily King.

And, just for fun, tell us your ten best-loved books in the comments as well!

Stephen King's Top 10 Favorite Books
The "King" of horror and one of the most popular authors on Goodreads isn't one to rest on his laurels. Later this month he's back with Sleeping Beauties, which he wrote with his son Owen King.

Tana French's Top 10 Favorite Books
The Irish mystery writer is known for her keep-you-guessing Dublin Murder Squad series, including In the Woods and The Likeness.

Khaled Hosseini's Top 10 Favorite Books
The author was a practicing doctor when he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. His additional books include A Thousand Splendid Suns as well as And the Mountains Echoed.

Brit Bennett's Top 10 Favorite Books
Her 2016 debut novel, The Mothers, put Bennett on the literary map. Her novel was quickly snapped up for a big-screen adaptation by Warner Bros. and actress Kerry Washington.

Brian K. Vaughan's Top 10 Favorite Books
Graphic novelist and Hugo Award-winner Vaughan gained devotees with his Saga, Y: The Last Man series, and, most recently, Paper Girls.

Ken Follett's Top 10 Favorite Books
Follett's The Kingsbridge series began with The Pillars of the Earth. Book three of the series, A Column of Fire, hits bookstores this month.

Colleen Hoover's Top 10 Favorite Books
The author of the Hopeless series, It Ends with Us, and the October new release Without Merit is a reader favorite, winning consecutive Goodreads Choice Awards.

Atul Gawande's Top 10 Favorite Books
The surgeon, public health researcher, and author has written multiple bestselling nonfiction books, including Being Mortal, Complications, and The Checklist Manifesto.

Karan Mahajan's Top 10 Favorite Books
Mahajan's second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was named one of The New York Times' "10 Best Books of 2016." Now see his ten favorite books.

Danzy Senna's Top 10 Favorite Books
The author of Caucasia has readers talking this summer about her new release, New People.

Sarah J. Maas' Top 10 Favorite Books
Maas is royalty among YA fantasy writers with her A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass series (with the latest book, Tower of Dawn, hitting stores this month).

Lily King's Top 10 Favorite Books
The author of Euphoria and Father of the Rain shares some of her all-time-favorite novels.

And a special thank you to the good folks at the iconic and historic City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, here in our hometown of San Francisco, who allowed us to shoot many of these photos with their books and in their lovely bookstore.





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Comments (showing 1-50 of 102) (102 new)


message 1: by Sad (new)

Sad Sunday, Cursed by DNF Where is Rowling?


message 2: by Anshita (new)

Anshita Makwana These lists are just a treat. I would love to read what my favourite authors love too.


message 3: by Isidora (new)

Isidora Cousiño Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"
Absolutely out of reach.


message 4: by AlwaysV (new)

AlwaysV The Amazing Sarah J Maas ♥️ I shared TWO of her Top Ten titles 😀


message 5: by Katherine (last edited Sep 05, 2017 12:41PM) (new)

Katherine Hayward From Stephen King's list: 1984
From Brit Bennet's list: The Color PurpleThe Underground Railroad Silver Sparrow Salvage the Bones
From Tana French's List: The Poisonwood Bible
From Khaled Houseinni's list: Exit WestFamily Life
From Brian K Vaughn's list: Misery To Kill a Mockingbird
From Colleen Hoover's List: In the Unlikely Event Hidden Bodies Me Before You
From Atul Gwande's list: My Brilliant Friend
From Lily King's list: The Evening of the Holiday Pride and Prejudice Beloved


message 6: by Nicolas (new)

Nicolas Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"

Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"

diving into her gold vault like scrooge mcduck


message 7: by Margie (new)

Margie I have too many favorites! I often say, "It's one of my favorite books!" Here are a few of my all time favorites:
1. Greenwillow by B.J. Chute
2. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
4. Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
5. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
6. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
7. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
8. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
9. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain


message 8: by Brett (new)

Brett I sympathize Margie! My favorites (in no particular order):

1. Song of Solomon - Tony Morrison
2. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
3. Maan en Zon - Stefan Brijs
4. A History of Women's Bodies - Edward Shorter
5. The Annunciation - Ellen Gilchrist
6. White Teeth - Zadie Smith
7. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
8. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
9. Pump Six and Other Stories - Paolo Bacigalupi
10. Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum


message 9: by Prachi (new)

Prachi Pati Oh gosh, I haven't even heard of most of the books from the author's top 10 list:) And choosing just 10 favourite books, is truly a daunting task. Like Stephen King says, the list can change whenever- so at present, I think these are my top 10 books- in no specific order:)

1. Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams
2. 1984 - George Orwell
3. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
4. Fountainhead- Ayn Rand
5. The inscrutable American - Anurag Mathur
6. The fault in our stars- John Green
7. Heidi - Johanna Spyri
8. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
9. Harry Potter & the sorcerer's stone - JK Rowling (I actually like the entire series)
10. The DaVinci Code- Dan Brown


message 10: by Colleen (new)

Colleen ok , not in order and adds up to more than 10 but
1. Pickwick papers- or any Dickens , for that matter
2. Huck Finn ( or any Twain- even the later when the darkness starts to overtake him)
3. Pride & Prejudice ( all Jane Austen)
4. The Microbe Hunters - Paul De Krief- like the best of murder mysteries with the coolest most self sacrificing detectives
5. To Kill a Mocking bird- the world needs Atticus
6.Devil and the white city and Isaac's storm and , really any Erik Larsen
7. The coming Plague - ebola before it was "cool"- ought to be classed under horror story- Gina Kolata's flu also quite good
8. The Moonstone & all other Wilkie Collins- did as summer reading for school between 8th and 9th grade - loved it and read all his others
9. Stiff the curious lives of human cadavers- and all Mary Roach- science meets stand up- saw her in person as well- what a pleasure
10. the doorbell rang- and all of Rex stout's Nero Wolfe + Sherlock Holmes


message 11: by Anna (new)

Anna Yes! Thank you while clicking on this I was praying for Colleen Hoover's list and it's here! Thank you!


Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"

I'm surprised/pleased so many big name authors participated, Stephen King especially.


message 13: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov To keep this interesting, I will include only one book per author:
1. "Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings
2. "The Curse of Khaine" by Gav Thorpe
3. "The Elfstones of Shannara" by Terry Brooks
4. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. "Blue Moon Rising" by Simon R. Green
6. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling
7. "The House of Hades" by Rick Riordan
8. "A Darkness at Sethanon" by Raymond E. Feist
9. "Legion" by William Peter Blatty
10. "A Shadow over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft


message 14: by Susie (new)

Susie Zullinger In no particular order, after #1 :)
1. Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen
2. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
3. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
4. Kate Ross's Julian Kestrel series (4 books, 2 short stories, RIP)
5. The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexander Dumas
6. The Book Thief / Marcus Zusak
7. Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
8. All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr
9. Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier
10. Sue Grafton's Alphabet series


message 15: by Dana (new)

Dana Pierce In no particular order, and in this moment in time:

A Tale of Two Cities/Charles Dickens
Alice in Wonderland/Lewis Carroll
The Maltese Falcon/Dashiell Hammett
The Sun Also Rises/Ernest Hemingway
The Razor’s Edge/W. Somerset Maugham
The Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkein
Wuthering Heights/ Emily Bronte
East of Eden/John Steinbeck
The Sheltering Sky/Paul Bowles
The Poisonwood Bible/Barbara Kingsolver
Atonement/Ian McEwan


message 16: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Hancock 1. The Stand/ Stephen King
2. A Wrinkle in Time/ Madeline L'Engle
3. Rebecca/ Daphne du Marier
4. Cinder/ Marissa Meyer
5. Artemis Fowl/ Eoin Colfer
6. Kingdom for Sale/ Terry Brooks
7. Amazonia/ James Rollins
8. One for the Money/ Janet Evanovich
9. Her Royal Spyness/ Rhys Bowen
10. Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles/ Kevin Hearne


message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary Locke My Top 10 (in no particular order)
1. The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime/Mark Haddon
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain/Garth Stein
3. 11/22/63/Stephen King
4. A Dog's Purpose/Bruce Cameron
5. The Shack/Wm Paul Young
6. To Kill A Mockingbird/Harper Lee
7. The Poisonwood Bible/Barbara Kingsglover
8. The Stand/Stephen King
9. Alcoholics Anonymous
10. Black Beauty/Anne Sewell


message 18: by m00ngrrrl (last edited Sep 09, 2017 08:22PM) (new)

m00ngrrrl Books I have in a stack by the door in case of emergency evacuation:
1. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
5. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
6. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
7. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis (counts as one)
8. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
9. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
10. Harry Potter series (also counts as one)
11. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Honorable mentions:
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Maria Semple


message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet I can't even do a top ten in one genre. If I add in top 10 of all genres I would make myself crazy. I love Terry Goodkind's Richard Rahl character, Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne, Barry Eisler's John Rain. Who doesn't have at least one Stephen King favorite, or Lee Child, Ken Follett. Not sure which book from the Game of Thrones tv series I would choose. Probably the first one. I read that years ago when it first came out. I loved the book The Thornbirds. When I was a teen I was into the historical romance novels hmm.. The Flame and The Flower. Bertrice Small writes a great series about a character named Skye O'Malley, loved the whole series. I was in High School then. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is a wonderful series. I enjoy the series of some of these authors but books almost always are better than series/movies. Jane Austen...Pride and Prejudice. My favorite child's book I read to my son " I'll Love You Forever". My first chapter book my brother loaned me in Third grade " Kavick the Wolf Dog". Jaws! I was also in HS. I read Carrie and The Entity in HS as well. Then there is always Dickens, Carroll, Hemingway. American Gods... Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly. Lee Child... I can ramble off so many books or authors. I LOVE TO READ. I just can't come up with only ten..not authors or books. Enjoy reading everyone.


message 20: by AStein07 (new)

AStein07 1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (of course)
2. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
3. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
4.The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
5. Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare
6.Heartless by Marissa Meyer
7.172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
8.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9.The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
10. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Way more than ten books, I know, but I catalogue by series.


message 21: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Walling 1984 ... by:George Orwell
Animal Farm....by: George Orwell
The Jungle Books ... by: Rudyard Kipling
The Five People You Meet in Heaven...by : Mitch Albom
Brave New World ...by: Aldous Huxley
The Chronicles of Narnia.... by: C.S. Lewis
The Year of the Intern...by:Robin Cook
Moby Dick...by: Herman Melville
The Scarlet Letter...by: Nathaniel Hawthorn

And number 1 favorite is The Holy Bible. No fiction is as exciting, dramatic, and lovely as God's holy Word. Amen. Yeshua is Lord!☺💜💜💜


message 22: by Margie (new)

Margie Brett wrote: "I sympathize Margie!

I think we are all in the same boat, Brett! Choosing a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child!



message 24: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Doña Bárbara – Rómulo Gallegos
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt


message 25: by Margie (new)

Margie m00ngrrrl wrote: "Books I have in a stack by the door in case of emergency evacuation:

I love that! Kidding or not, that is a great idea! Thank you!



message 26: by m00ngrrrl (new)

m00ngrrrl Margie wrote: "m00ngrrrl wrote: "Books I have in a stack by the door in case of emergency evacuation:

I love that! Kidding or not, that is a great idea! Thank you!"

Ha! It'll be my dogs & books first. :) Really, it's this motley little stack, worn out from re-reading. MY copies. I know you know.


message 27: by Agustina729 (new)

Agustina729 1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (all)
2. The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
3. Multiverse by Leonardo Patrignani
4. Misery by Stephen King
5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
6. El Octavo Clan by Justine Evans
7. Noches de Tormenta by Nicholas Sparks
8. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
9. Night Owls by Jenn Bennet
10.The Infernal Devices (Trilogy) by Cassandra Clare


message 28: by Amy (new)

Amy Everyone has such interesting lists!

1. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West / Gregory Maguire
2. Lust & Wonder / Augusten Burroughs
3. Blackbird House / Alice Hoffman
4. The Supernatural Enhancements / Edgar Cantero
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End / Lemony Snicket
6. Rooms / Lauren Oliver
7. The Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman
8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Neil Gaiman
9. The Gunslinger / Stephen King
10. A Monster Calls / Patrick Ness


message 29: by Missyjohnson1 (new)

Missyjohnson1 Current top 10.
Lonesome Dove. McMurtry
East of Eden. Steinbeck
The Stand. King
Salvage the Bone. Ward
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien
All the Light you cannot See. Doerr
Double Whammy Hiaason
Outlander. Gabaldon
The Orphan Masters son. Johnson
The Killer Angels. Shaara
Plus. Anything by James Lee Burke or Sue Grafton


message 30: by Byethebays (new)

Byethebays Margie wrote: "I have too many favorites! I often say, "It's one of my favorite books!" Here are a few of my all time favorites:
1. Greenwillow by B.J. Chute
2. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Harry Pot..."

Greenwillow!!! I love that book and everyone i know is, I've never heard of it. One of my favorites.


message 31: by M.R. (new)

M.R. Neer What a challenge! Top 10 as of today in no order:
1) Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
2) Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
3) Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
4) Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
5) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon series by Grace Lin
6) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
7) Blackberries in the Dream House by Diane Frank
8) A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle
9) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
10) Illusions and Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach


message 32: by Ryce (new)

Ryce Sometimes we forget the details, but we'll never really forget how they made us feel. Here's my top 10 at this point of my life:

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
2. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
3. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery (who doesnt love the little prince anyway?)
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (or the whole series) - J.K Rowling
5. To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
6. One Day - David Nicholls
7. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
8. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
9. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
10. The Haj - Leon Uris


message 33: by Jasmine (last edited Sep 06, 2017 10:21PM) (new)

Jasmine I haven't read the authors' lists yet, but here are some of my favourite books, in no particular order:

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Curious George series
Harry Potter series
Needful Things, by Stephen King
Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, by Bill Bryson
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins


message 34: by Margie (last edited Sep 06, 2017 11:07PM) (new)

Margie Byethebays wrote: Greenwillow!!! I love that book and everyone i know is, I've never heard of it. One of my favorites.

I know! I thought my mother and I were the only ones who had ever read it - and loved it! You are the second Goodreads reader today to tell me that you loved it too! "Kindred spirits" as Anne of Green Gables would say!



message 35: by Sasha (new)

Sasha King was right in saying the books change and something wonderful is always left out but in no particular order here are 10 books I would scoop up as I ran out of a burning bookstore.

1. The Club Dumas
2.The Count of Monte Cristo
3. The Changeling Sea
4.Jane Eyre
5.Persuasion
6.Watership Down
7.The Hobbit
8.No Country for Old Men
9.Young Men and Fire
10. Gods, Men and Ghosts: The Best Supernatural Fiction of Lord Dunsany

There was quite a scrum for number 10,just goes to show arbitrary these kind of lists are, there still fun though.


message 36: by Toni (new)

Toni Mariani Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"
I have never read her, but of course I've heard of her. I'm not into entertaining children with magic, as we tell them too many lies as it is!😱👎
Our system is based on lies, beginning when we tell them the stork story.
Really, who could ever have a favorite book. There are just too many read to remember. I can say which ones I didn't enjoy before I list a favorite.
Toni Mariani Author


message 37: by Liza (new)

Liza Prodigal Summer: Barbara Kingsolver
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Kay Gibbons
Tried to offer a by no means comprehensive group representative of my tastes:Pilgrim's Inn and Linnets and Valerians: Elizabeth Goudge
Washington Square: Henry James
The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame
Peter Pan: James Barrie
Water Music: T. Coraghessan Boyle
Busman's Honeymoon: Dorothy Sayers
To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
Cannery Row: John Steinbeck


message 38: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Dial The Holy Bible
Little Women
Harry Potter Series
Tuesdays with Morrie
Outlander Series
The Kite Runner
Of Mice and Men
And many many more. I like most of what I read!!


message 39: by Judith (last edited Sep 08, 2017 06:39AM) (new)

Judith As of today these are probably my top 10, tomorrow, who knows? It's hard to choose just 10.
1. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
2. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. Atonement – Ian McEwan
4. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
5. Night – Elie Wiesel
6. City of Thieves – David Benioff
7. Walks Away Woman – Ki Longfellow
8. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
9. The Source – James Michener
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

I'd be more comfortable with a top 20. It's like choosing which child you like best, never a win situation.

I would also include the following in my top 20 and still leave out a few favorites:
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Grapes of Wrath & Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Lust for Life - Irving Stone
The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski
In the Shadow of Man - Jane Goodall
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank


message 40: by Mckenzie (new)

Mckenzie City Lights Books!! I actually got to visit their bookstore. It was amazing! I bought their gorgeous edition of Walt Whitman's poetry and The Vagina Monologues. I had the bookseller sign The Vagina Monologues and he wrote a line about loving being a subversive book-pusher. It is one of my favorite memories. Highly recommend a visit for anyone who loves books.


message 41: by Dan (last edited Sep 07, 2017 10:39AM) (new)

Dan Many great books mentioned: A few of my favorites spanning 65 years. (No particular order and subject to change without notice.)
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
The Stand - Stephen King
To KIll a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Green Grass of Wyoming - Mary O'Hara
When Worlds Collide - Edwin Balmer
Day of the Jackal - Ken Follett
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
One Second After - William R, Forstchen
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Agony and the Ecstacy - Irving Stone

Honorable mention (Recent)
Girl on a Train
Gone Girl


message 42: by Joseph (last edited Sep 07, 2017 12:03PM) (new)

Joseph Chow 1. Franny and Zooey - Salinger
2. Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
3. A tale of Two Cities - Dickens
4. A river Runs through it - Maclean
5. East of eden - Steinbeck
6. Absalom, Absalom - Faulkner
7. A prayer for Owen meany - Irving
8. All the Pretty Horses - McCarthy
9. To Kill a Mockingbird - lee
10. Catcher in the Rye - Salinger


message 43: by Christina (new)

Christina Bearden-white Nicolas wrote: "Sad wrote: "Where is Rowling?"

diving into her gold vault like scrooge mcduck"


Since Rowling gives millions to charities, that isn't quite fair, eh?


message 44: by Mohamad (new)

Mohamad Medicine love


message 45: by Ailsa (new)

Ailsa Books I' ve read more than twice and can't bear to not have a copy handy:
Pride and prejudice
To kill a mockingbird
The moon is down (Steinbeck)
The Rosie Project
The queen of spades
The Help
Howard's End
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Birdsong
Wives and daughters


message 46: by Sean (new)

Sean 10 favorite books? In order? whewwwwwww, that's pretty tough!

Number 1 is easy: To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) -- my all-time favorite book.

9 more, in no particular order simply because they're all faves:
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Laurie King)
Darkness Take My Hand (Dennis Lehane)
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
The Blood Dimmed Tide (Rennie Airth)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)

btw, if we were including non-fiction, after my number 1, narrowing it down to just 9 more would be just about impossible for me. lol.


message 47: by Margie (new)

Margie Mckenzie wrote: "City Lights Books!! I actually got to visit their bookstore. It was amazing! I bought their gorgeous edition of Walt Whitman's poetry and The Vagina Monologues.

How cool that you visited City Lights! I have always wanted to go there! When I saw the post, I did the next best thing and ordered Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "Coney Island of the Mind" from City Lights - not Amazon! Mr. Ferlinghetti is 98 this year!


message 48: by Jesse (new)

Jesse How about City Lights' top 10?


message 49: by Margie (new)

Margie Jesse wrote: "How about City Lights' top 10?"

I would love to see that!


message 50: by Diane (new)

Diane In chronological order according to my age, spanning 6 decades:
The magic faraway tree, by Enid Blyton
Just William, by Richmal Crompton
Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier
My son, my son, by Howard Spring
The Temple of Gold, by William Goldman
The Shining, by Stephen King
Horse heaven, by Jane Smiley
The Westchester series, by Susan Howatch
Behind the scenes at the museum, by Kate Atkinson
Faithful Place, by Tana French
(and the last 5 authors listed are still writing ... whoopee)


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