My Top Ten Favorite Books

After reading a string of really great books, I started thinking about what would make it to my Top Ten List… you know, the Top Ten of my most favorite, most meaningful, most enjoyable books… so I decided to make that list.

Which books have made the most impact on my reading life, that I turn to for solace time and again?  For an extra dose of accuracy, I decided to get the titles entirely from the Reading Log that I’ve kept since 2009 – which effectively culls the titles that exist in shadowy memory, fondly remembered but not actually read in recent history.

So here’s my extremely scientific way to go about compiling this list:

  1. From five years of reading logs, I gathered a list of all the books with A+ grades (97 total)
  2. I made another list of all my favorites from the A+ books (25 total)
  3. I culled the list again (16 remaining)
  4. Then I rearranged the list until I was satisfied with only ten (it was hard!)

I’s not a totally fail-proof process, but hey, it’s my list after all – totally biased, personal, and just the way I like it!

And now, without further ado:

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My Top Ten Favorite Books

1. The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery
2.  A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote
3. Operating Instructions, by Anne Lamott
4. Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed
5. Humans of New York: Stories, by Brandon Stanton
6. Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster
7. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
8. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth E. Wein
9. The Annotated Persuasion, by Jane Austen and edited by David Shappard
10. My Real Children, by Jo Walton

This list is a little surprising, actually, but it was a fun exercise…  And I think the list represents my past and current reading preferences – a mix of classic, contemporary, young adult fiction, and children’s literature.  Although the majority are favorites that I’ve read and re-read for years, there are a few that I’ve only discovered in the past  year – how exciting is that?  It’s always fun to think that my next favorite book could be right around the corner.

What’s on your Top Ten List?

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