A geeky girl living in the big city, making her way, the only way she knows how... no wait, that's The Dukes of Hazzard. Who am I again? Oh yeah, a pop culture obsessed writer, publishing person, and occasional nerd. And I'm getting married. I talk about that, too.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

MY Books

After the last list of books I mostly haven't read, De suggested I share my own list of favorites. And so, after an exhausting survey of my bookshelves and memories, I'm happy to present 51 (I like being odd) of my favorites. Mostly fiction, but a few nonfiction titles. I also decided not to include picture books, which ought to be cause for another list entirely. I've tried to go through this list so there aren't any duplicates with any of the other lists previously presented, so remember that before you get all up on my face for not mentioning "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Which totally rocks.

In places I've also included an entire series under one title listing, but the other lists did that too, so I'm entitled. Now, without further ado, the list:

  1. Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman
  2. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  4. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  5. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
  6. Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
  7. The Club Dumas, Arturo Perez-Reverte
  8. Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  10. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  11. The Eight, Katherine Neville
  12. Emma, Jane Austen
  13. The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King
  14. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
  15. Fatherland, Robert Harris
  16. The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay
  17. The Forever King, Molly Cochran & Warren Murphy
  18. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  19. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
  20. Girl With A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
  21. The Good Master, Kate Seredy
  22. Good Omens, Nel Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  23. The Gypsy, Megan Lindholm & Steven Brust
  24. The Hero and The Crown, Robin McKinley
  25. In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
  26. Intimations of Immortality, Piers Anthony
  27. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
  28. James and The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  29. King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry
  30. Kissing in Manhattan, David Schickler
  31. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  32. The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
  33. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
  34. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  35. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
  36. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
  37. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  38. The Quality of Mercy, Faye Kellerman
  39. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  40. The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
  41. The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke
  42. Time And Again, Jack Finney
  43. Tomorrow, When the War Began, James Marsden
  44. Sabriel, Garth Nix
  45. Sandman, Neil Gaiman
  46. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
  47. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  48. Whose Body?, Dorothy L. Sayers
  49. Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin
  50. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare
  51. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle

Which represents lots of really hard choices. For the most part, I only took one book by an author, except for William Goldman, whose "The Princess Bride" is probably my favorite book EVER, but "Adventures in the Screen Trade" is such a wonderful nonfiction account of a life making movies. Likewise, it was tough to pick "The Secret Garden" over "The Little Princess," "Fatherland" over "Enigma," and "The Good Master" over "The Chestry Oak," one of the seminal books of my childhood.

Still, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Every book above is one I read and loved at some point in my life, and each one opens up a wealth of other great book ideas.



Blogger DeAnna said...

Hm...I liked most of the ones I've read, so I may have to try a few of the others :)

1/11/2007 8:16 AM


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