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10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10?

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The QRecently a friend tagged me on Facebook and challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. This really gave me pause, as I feel like most books I read stick with me long after I’ve read them—but that’s the beauty of books. One of the best parts of this challenge, I’ve noticed, isn’t so much the championing of my favorite books, it’s seeing the lists that others are posting. Some are classics, some are books I’ve read, and some are books I’ve never even heard of. What I do know is that it’s giving me great ideas of what to add to my (already lengthy) list of “Books I Want to Read.”

So before I list my books, I want to officially challenge you to post 10 books that have stayed with you in some way after reading them in the comments section of this post. We will build a collective vault of great reads that our readers can turn to time and time again if they are looking for suggestions on books to read.

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Without further ado, here’s my list:

  1. The Comedy Writer – Peter Farrelly
  2. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  3. Hairstyles of the Damned – Joe Meno
  4. Dave Barry Slept Here – Dave Barry
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip Heath
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  7. The Butterfly Revolution – William Butler
  8. The Mind of Bill James: How a Complete Outsider Changed the Game of Baseball – Scott Gray
  9. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  10. The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

(Note: I’m currently reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and have a feeling that when finished it’ll be on this list.)

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156 Responses to 10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10?

  1. RCPawnee says:

    Angle of Repose
    House Made of Dawn
    Confederacy of Dunces
    Lonesome Dove
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Rats iof Nihm(sp)
    East of Eden
    Atlas Shrugged
    The Hours
    The Great Gatsby
    And a thousand other depending on time and place and circumstance

  2. jotokai says:

    No particular order… in some cases they’re not even really good books (one is so terribly, pedantically written, and the part that’s comprehensible shocks the mind so much, that the effect was quite hypnotic, even addictive. Thank goodness I had to return it to the library!) Wish I was supposed to comment at length, probably broken the rules already… Here goes!

    1.Magick in Theory and Practice, by Aliester Crowley.
    2. Neo-tech Discovery
    3. (Can’t remember the title, Tom Swift series) by Victor Appleton.
    4. Poetry book with “When we two parted” by Lord Byron
    5. Nine Princes in Amber, By Roger Zelazny
    6. Get the Life you Want by Richard Bandler
    7. Success Cybernetics (?) by U.S. Andresen
    8. Strata, Terry Pratchett IIRC.
    9. Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
    10. Lord of the Flies-

  3. giffmacshane says:

    In no particular order:

    1. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    2. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
    3. Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey
    4. The Vanishing American – Zane Grey
    5. Katherine – Anya Seton
    6. Young’un – Frank Herbert
    7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    8. The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
    9. The Tontine – Thomas B. Costain
    10. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown

  4. There is no particular order to these, except that, of course, the Bible comes first (and LOTR probably comes second). I had to be careful and not think about it, otherwise I never would have been able to narrow it down to a mere 10. And I still left out the book that I think was most responsible for starting me writing; I’m tempted to state which one that was, but that would be deviously breaking the rules, don’t you think?

    1) The Bible
    2) Lord of the Rings/Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
    3) A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. LeGuin
    4) Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
    5) Paradise War – Stephen Lawhead
    6) Jungle Doctor’s Enemies – Paul White
    7) By Searching – Isobel Kuhn
    8) Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
    9) The Wonder Clock – Howard Pyle
    10) The Lost Princess – George MacDonald

  5. mrssally says:

    The Holy Bible
    (now in no particular order)
    Streams in the Desert
    The Hiding Place- Corrie Ten Boom
    The Scarlet Letter- Nathanael Hawthorne
    Anne of Green Gables- C.M. Montgomery
    Watership Down- Richard Adams
    Pride & Prejudice- Jane Austen
    Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
    The Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren
    All the Little House books- Laura Ingalls Wilder (tied with The Boxcar Children)

  6. sylvia says:

    1. The Hero With A Thousand Faces-Joseph Campbell
    2. The Last of a Breed- Louis L’Amour
    3. The Education of Little Tree- Forrest Carter
    4. The Mists of Avalon- Marion Zimmer Bradley
    5. Watership Down- Richard Adams
    6. Hawaii-James Michener
    7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull-Richard Bach
    8. Woman Who Ran With The Wolves-Charissa Pinkola Estes
    9. Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
    10. Silas Marner- George Eliot

  7. kstadt says:

    What a goldmine! Here are my own in non-sequential order;

    1. A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L’Engle
    2. Persuasion- Jane Austin
    3. Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut
    4. Tess of the d’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
    5. Howards End- E.M. Forster
    6. A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway
    7. The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
    8. The Book of Psalms
    9. Illustrated Man- Ray Bradbury
    10. I Capture the Castle- Dodie Smith

  8. Wonderful article and great question!

    1. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    4. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
    5. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
    6. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    7. Winds of War – Herman Wouk
    8. Marjorie Morningstar – Herman Wouk
    9. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
    10. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

  9. Val Killpack says:

    1. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
    2. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
    3. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
    4. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
    5. By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
    6. Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
    7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    8. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    9. Farewell to the Sea by Reinaldo Arenas
    10. Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino

  10. kskinner says:

    1) Heist Society– Ally Carter
    2) Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
    3) Outlander– Diana Gabaldon
    4) The Bride– Julia Garwood
    5) Princess Ben– Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    6) A Little Princess– Frances Burnett
    7) Harry Potter 1– J.K. Rowling
    8) The Lost Hero– Rick Riordan
    9) And Then There Were None– Agatha Christie
    10) The Girl– Madhuri Blaylock

  11. Jauneen says:

    Well, there are more than ten, but I’ll list the first ten that come to mind. Apologies to those I haven’t listed.

    1. The Stand – Stephen King

    2. The Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon

    3. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

    4.The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

    5. The Lord of The Rings – JRR Tolken

    6. The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling

    7. Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

    8.That Was Then, This Is Now – SE Hinton

    9. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

    !0. The Little Princess – Frances Hodgson

  12. nhredwing says:

    List of 10? Sure. Favorite? Not possible.

    - Blindness – Jose Saramago
    - All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
    - The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    - A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes
    - The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
    - the Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
    - The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
    - Watership Down – Richard Adams
    - Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
    - A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

  13. This is the list I posted in Facebook just a week ago, but looking at some of these responses, I want to add to it with some that I didn’t mention, like Slaughterhouse Five and Dune. But here is my original list:
    1 Watership Down
    2 The Stand
    3 The Great Gatsby
    4 Jane Eyre
    5 David Copperfield
    6 Dracula,
    7 John Carter: Adventures on Mars,
    8 And Then There Were None,
    9 Shutter Island,
    10 Water For Elephants.

  14. atwhatcost says:

    Understand, most children’s books I’m listing, I read as an adult. lol
    1. Winnie the Pooh. (I want to find the west pole.)
    2. Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. (I learned we can have photos in books.)
    3. The Earth’s Children’s Series (until the latest one, but I got into surviving in the wilds. Not that I’d do it, but it has a great deal to do with the plot of the novel I’m writing.)
    4. Huckleberry Finn (Okay, I read it seven times as a kid, but I just read it again this summer, and it’s still great.)
    5. The Little House in the Prairie series.
    6. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
    7. Charlotte’s Web
    8. Indian in the Cupboard series
    9. The Godfather (read at 16 and where I learned about sex.)
    10. Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go. The first How-to book I read about how to write a novel, the best how-to I’ve read so far, and something I truly get (from the beginning of the story to the end.)

  15. Lisa says:

    A friend tagged me on Facebook this week as well. There are lot of books I could have added, but here are the top ten.

    1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    3. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    4. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
    5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    7. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
    8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
    9. The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley
    10. The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

  16. paquettegi says:

    My list of book that have stayed with me:

    1. Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men – Souad
    2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    3. The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub
    4. The Thief of Always – Clive Barker
    5. Good Grief – Lolly Winston
    6. Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
    7. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
    8. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick
    9. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
    10. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

  17. ErinMP says:

    1. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
    2. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
    3. Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta
    4. Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden
    5. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
    6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
    7. Deltora Quest series – Emily Rodda
    8. Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park
    9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    10. Dead Famous – Ben Elton

  18. Virginia says:

    I like just having to rattle them off, because I then don’t edit this according to what I think I *should* say. Though I did take the time to sort of, kind of order them according to how much they shaped who I am today, or so I tell myself. And of course limiting it to ten is like telling me I can only eat ten foods for the rest of my life. Horrors!

    THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams

    DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD by Carl Sagan

    THE SELFISH GENE by Richard Dawkins

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

    A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel

    FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck

    THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien

    THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  19. chark99 says:

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Atwood
    RED SCARF GIRL by Jiang (a memoir of the cultural revolution in China)
    A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY by Kimmel
    THE SHINING by King
    EVERY NANCY DREW I READ
    KILLING MR. GRIFFIN by Duncan
    HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Brosh
    LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED by Lawson
    ST. IGGY by Going
    THE GLASS CASTLE by Walls
    ROOTS by Haley

  20. chark99 says:

    The ten that stayed with me…
    RED SCARF GIRL by Jiang
    HANDMAID’S TALE by Atwood
    THE SHINING by King
    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

  21. myotherhalf says:

    1. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (Mildred D. Taylor)
    2. The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
    3. The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)
    4. Saturn Rukh (Robert L. Forward)
    5. Fall of Reach (Eric Nylund)
    6. The Green Mile (Stephen King)
    7. Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    9. Raptor Red (Robert T. Bakker)
    10. World War Z (Max Brooks)

  22. ReadingWriter says:

    There’s something about stories, especially those read in childhood, that evoke a warm and special feeling through the years. Here are my top 10:

    1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
    2. The Outermost House by Henry Beston
    3. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
    4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    5. Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
    6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    7. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
    8. Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
    9. The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris
    10. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    I think I’ll put the Bible in a category by itself (otherwise it would rank as #1), allowing me to sneak in 11 choices here!

  23. Taylor H says:

    1. Atonement — Ian McEwan
    2. The Kite Runner — Khaled Hosseini
    3. Life After Life — Kate Atkinson
    4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — Michael Chabon
    5. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk — Ben Fountain
    6. Harry Potter series — J.K. Rowling
    7. A Visit From the Good Squad — Jennifer Egan
    8. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
    9. Oryx and Crake — Margaret Atwood
    10. Let the Great World Spin — Colum McCann

  24. kfenner says:

    My top ten books.

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
    Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
    Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
    Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

  25. brimaunob says:

    The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
    Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich
    Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
    Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender
    The Returned – Jason Mott
    The Time Traveler’s Wife -Audrey Niffenegger
    The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz
    Beyond the Pale – Mark Anthony

  26. ellenfhummel says:

    Just read this post and couldn’t resist making my own list. I like that it’s not a favorites list, or lifechanging titles, but instead it’s the ones I think about most often. Fun!

    Here they are:

    The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
    Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
    Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
    Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    All the President’s Men, Woodward and Bernstein
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
    Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
    Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller
    Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

  27. ladbank says:

    Here is my ten that begins in elementary school and I’m now 52 working on a novel of my own:

    LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET

  28. ladbank says:

    my 10 that started in elementary school:

    LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET

  29. jkyoung says:

    Here’s my list (a few going back to my childhood) in no particular order:
    1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    2. Time and Again by Jack Finney
    3. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (read this in 3rd grade & realized how a writer’s words could paint a vivid picture in my mind: “I placed the muzzle to Yeller’s head and pulled the trigger”)
    4. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    5. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
    6. The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key (another YA book from the 60′s that thrilled me)
    7. On Writing (2000) by Stephen King
    8. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
    9. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott
    10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  30. QuietRebel says:

    Ten books I’ve read that have stayed with me after I read them:
    1. The Bible- The Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit
    2. The Fellowship of the Ring- JRR Tolkien
    3. The Shining Company- Rosemary Sutcliff
    4. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
    5. Beowulf- Seamus Heaney
    6. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle- Avi
    7. Writing Magic – Gail Carson Levine
    8. Mara, Daughter of the Nile- Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    9. The Snow Goose- Paul Gallico
    10. The Outsiders- S. E. Hinton

  31. Rupa says:

    100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Dracula – Bram Stoker
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    On Writing – Stephen King
    Lord of the Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien
    The Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist
    Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
    American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
    The Sandman #19 – Neil Gaiman
    (I wanted to list the entire Sandman series but there are 75 comic books altogether and my husband said I can’t do that so I have only listed my favorite issue)

  32. Katherine Smits says:

    Most of mine have already been mentioned but here they are:
    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
    Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
    Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Stand Stephen King
    The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
    Green Darkness Anya Seton
    Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
    Dune Frank Herbert
    Prince of Tides Pat Conroy

  33. Matthew says:

    No particular order.

    1. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter – Jana Oliver
    2. The Devouring – Simon Holt (This gave me nightmares for weeks)
    3. Born at Midnight series – C.C. Hunter
    4. Marked and House of Night series – P.C. and Kristin Cast
    5. Divergent – Veronica Roth
    6. The Awakening – Kelly Armstrong
    7. Fallen series – Lauren Kate
    8. Blue Bloods and series – Melissa De la Cruz
    9. Eragon series – Christopher Paolini
    10. Blood Oath – Christopher Farnsworth

  34. tunesmiff says:

    Tough calls, but I think I’ve narrowed ‘em down a bit… going back to when the hair was darker… and fuller…

    1. A CONFEDERATE GENERAL FROM BIG SUR – Richard Brautigan
    2. ATLAS SHRUGGED – Ayn Rand
    3. 1984 – George Orwell
    4. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    5. TORTILLA FLAT – John Steinbeck
    6. THE ILLUSTRATED MAN – Ray Bradbury
    7. DRAWING AS A MEANS TO ARCHITECTURE – William Kirby Lockard
    8. MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN – H.F. Saint
    9. TWENTY THOUSAND ROADS: THE BALLAD OF GRAM PARSONS AND HIS COSMIC AMERICAN MUSIC – David N. Meyer
    10. I ROBOT – Issac Asimov

  35. JMBJD says:

    Never pass up a chance to accept a challenge that requires no hard thinking! Here’s the 10 that came to mind first:
    1. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    2. Daughter of Earth, Agnes Smedley
    3. Round House, Louise Erdich
    4. A Lost Lady, Willa Cather
    5. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett
    6. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    7. The Stand, Stephen King
    8. Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
    10. Oh the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss
    Love this natural “must read” list — wow, Harper Lee rocks!

    • tunesmiff says:

      Dr. Seuss… he’d-a been all 10 if I’d-a let him… :-)

      And I liked the first half of THE STAND – scarier than just about anything I’ve read, especially today…

      g

  36. Buddy Cushman says:

    Fear and Loathing On the Campaign Trail 72 – Hunter Thompson
    The Light Inside the Dark – John Tarrant
    A Morning For Flamingos – James Lee Burke
    Walden – Henry David Thoreau
    Walking the Dog – Walter Mosely
    Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
    On Writing – Stephen King
    A Boy’s Life – Robert McCammon
    Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone
    In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead – James Lee Burke

  37. msandula says:

    In no particular order:

    1. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Ken Kesey
    2. “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck
    3. “The Pale King,” David Foster Wallace
    4. “1984,” George Orwell
    5. “The Fountainhead,” Ayn Rand
    6. “The Stranger,” Albert Camus
    7. “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury
    8. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Mark Haddon
    9. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee
    10. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” Robert M. Pirsig

    • tunesmiff says:

      Oh, yeah… ZEN AND THE ART…

      Read an “alternate” take on this titled PRAYER AND THE ART OF VOLKSWAGEN MAINTENANCE by Donald Miller… a similar road story, but with a different focus…

  38. johnrushing says:

    1. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    2. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    3. The Stranger by Albert Camus
    4. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    5. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
    6. Mating by Norman Rush
    7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    8. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
    9. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
    10. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

  39. madejesus says:

    So hard to list just ten, but here goes (in no particular order):

    Harriett the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
    Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
    The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  40. authorjackm says:

    I have so many books that have stayed with me, it’s almost impossible to come up with “only” 10. Nevertheless, here is my list:

    THE REDISCOVERY OF MAN, collection of all the short stories of Cordwainer Smith
    TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE by Robert A. Heinlein
    THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
    PALE GRAY FOR GUILT by John D. MacDonald
    DUBLINERS by James Joyce
    SIX OF ONE & BINGO by Rita Mae Brown
    THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
    OLD BOYS by Charles McCarry
    BERLIN NOIR trilogy by Philip Kerr
    IMPOSSIBLE THINGS by Connie Willis

  41. mofish417 says:

    1. Cutting For Stone
    2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    7. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    8. Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume
    9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
    10. Atonement by Ian McEwan

  42. leann2800 says:

    Are you there God? It’s Me Margaret

    Harry Potter Series

    The Borrowers Series

    City of Ember Series

    The Hunger Game Series

    The Powerful Mind

    The Last Stand

    The Eyes of the Dragon

    Tiger Eyes

    Crystal Magic

  43. JanelleFila says:

    SECRETS OF THE MILLIONAIRE MIND by T. Harv Eker
    THE MAGIC by Rhonda Byrne
    THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton
    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Lee Harper
    THE WHITE MOUNTAINS by John Christopher
    THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
    GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith
    ON JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
    BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
    PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

    A lot of YA, but since that’s what I write that’s what I love to read! Super hard to narrow down just to 10! Can’t wait to add other’s favorites to my TO READ list. Thanks! Janelle http://www.janellefila.com

  44. JanelleFila says:

    SECRETS OF THE MILLIONAIRE MIND by T. Harv Eker
    THE MAGIC by Rhonda Byrne
    THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton
    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Lee Harper
    THE WHITE MOUNTAINS by John Christopher
    THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
    GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith
    ON JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
    BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
    PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

    A lot of YA, but since that’s what I write that’s what I love to read! Super hard to narrow down just to 10! Can’t wait to add other’s favorites to my TO READ list. Thanks! Janelle wwwljanellefila.com

  45. ghleach says:

    Echoing others, I say, “Only ten?!”
    So many other great books, but here are the ten that rise to the top of my list today.

    Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
    Replay (Ken Grimwood)
    Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
    Outlander (and the rest of the series by Diana Gabaldon)
    Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
    Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
    Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
    It (Stephen King)
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (and the rest of the series by J. K. Rowling)

  46. bfmccune says:

    Pride & Prejudice, the Things they Carried, Carmela, The Handmaid’s Tale, Let the Great World Spin, The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, Tale of Two Cities, The New Jim Crow, the Life of Pi, The Catcher in the Rye, White Teeth, In Defense of Anarchism.

  47. sukriti says:

    top ten books (not in a particular order)
    to kill a mockingbird – harper lee
    the catcher in the rye – j. d. salinger
    harry potter series – j. k. rowling
    tuesdays with morrie – mitch albom
    speak – laurie halse anderson
    the diary of a young girl – anne frank
    the scarlet letter – nathaneil hawthorne
    around the world in eighty days – jules verne
    a separate peace – john knowles
    east of eden – john steinbeck

    and many many more… (doctors – erich segal, the citadel – a.j. cronin, the knitting circle – anne hood, les miserables – victor hugo )

  48. CEE ESS says:

    Mine are mostly long remembered children’s books. My last selection is a wonderful collection of poems by a fellow Canadian poet, told in the voices of her ancestors from Quebec (and France) spanning about a century, and early in Quebec’s settlement.

    1. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates, Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
    2. The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley
    3. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm
    4. A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson
    5. Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    6. Dune, Frank Herbert
    7. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    8. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    9. In Fine Form, The Canadian Book of Form Poetry, ed. Kate Braid
    10. a minute or two/without remembering, Claudia Coutu Radmore

    –Carol Stephen

  49. susiejoyk128 says:

    Only 10? 50 would be better
    1. Bible
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird
    3. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe
    4. A Xmas Carol
    5. Little Women
    6. Heart of Darkness
    7. Jane Eyre
    8. Wuthering Heights
    9. 7 Habits of Highly effective People
    10. Lord of the Flies

  50. Tamara50 says:

    It was a challenge to keep it at only ten, but here they are;

    The Bible – God (has to be first on a list of books that have stayed with you after reading them. The rest are in no special order.)
    The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
    Windhaven – George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle – excellent world building
    Fevre Dream – George R.R. Martin – so much better than Game of Thrones (in my opinion anyway)
    His Majesties Dragon – Naomi Novik
    Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes (made into movie “Charlie”)
    A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraux
    The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
    The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury

  51. Jeanmari42 says:

    So many books, only ten spots. Here’s my list:

    1. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
    2. The Pandora Principle (Carolyn Clowes) (Star Trek)
    3. Warchild (Esther Friesner) (Star Trek)
    4. Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden)
    5. The October Horse (Colleen McCullough)
    6. The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Le Roux)
    7. Killing Mr. Griffin (Lois Duncan) Anything by Lois Duncan
    8. The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
    9. Dr. Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
    10. Odd Thomas (Dean Koontz) All the Odd Thomas books and anything by Dean Koontz

    Anything by Nora Roberts, Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn, Karin Slaughter, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille,
    J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Tess Gerritsen, Kim Harrison (Rachel Morgan), Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris

  52. texticidio says:

    Here’s my list, in no particular order:
    1. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (the trilogy)
    2. Robert Heinlein – Spaceship Troopers
    3. Karlheinz Grosser – Tamburas
    4. Lois McMaster Bujold- The Warrior’s Apprentice
    5. Noah Gordon – The Physician (the trilogy)
    6. Neil Stephenson – Snow Crash
    7. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – The Mote in God’s Eye (and its sequel)
    8. Mary Stewart – The Crytal Cave (all the Merlin series)
    9. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha
    10. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose

  53. knoxwulf says:

    today, my list consists of:
    1. the Bible
    2. The Stand-Stephen King
    3. Lonesome Dove -Larry McMurtry
    4. Anthem- Ayn Rand
    5. Life of Pi- Yann Martel
    6. The Art of Racing in the Rain- Garth Stein
    7. The Past Through Tomorrow- Robert Heinlein
    8. The Illustrated Man- Ray Bradbury
    9. The Art and Craft of the Short Story- Rick DeMarinis
    10. Travels With Charley and America and Americans -John Steinbeck

    yes, I cheated on the last one…so sue me.

  54. cjclopez says:

    1. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (Richard Bach)
    2. And the humankind creates god (Fernando Soto Aparicio)
    3. The Messianic Legacy (Michael Baigent-Richard Leigh – Henry Lincoln)
    4. 20 Love poems (Pablo Neruda)
    5. No One Writes to the Colonel (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
    6. Poems (Jorge Luis Borges)
    7. The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll (Álvaro Mutis)
    8. Perfume (Patrick Süskind)
    9. Inventario (Mario Benedetti)
    10. Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)

  55. Maria_121 says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird*
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Catch 22*
    The Once and Future King
    Great Expectations
    The Bridge of San Luis Rey*
    The Little Prince
    The Jungle
    Native Son
    Lord of the Flies

    * particular favorites

  56. njensen says:

    1) The Lymond Chronicles: Game of Kings (Dorothy Dunnett)
    2) His Dark Materials Trilogy (Philip Pullman)
    3) The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
    4) The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
    5) The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis)
    6) Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
    7) The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkein)
    8) Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier)
    9) The Seeing Stone (Kevin Crossley-Holland).
    10) The Wanderer (Sharon Creech.)

  57. Observer Tim says:

    (in alphabetical order)

    1. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
    2. The Crossroads of Time – Andre Norton
    3. The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
    4. The Holy Bible – Authorized by King James I (Anthology)
    5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
    6. How to Lie With Statistics – Darrell Huff
    7. Lensman (Series) – E.E. “Doc” Smith
    8. Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
    9. Ringworld – Larry Niven
    10. War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

    The list goes on, but these are probably the top ten.

  58. AAA says:

    In no particular order;

    1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    4. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
    5. Gossamer by Lois Lowry
    6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    8. The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark by Chas Carner
    9. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
    10. Everlost by Neal Shusterman

    But there’s so many more that I love!!! :( If I could write a list of books I’d recommend for other people to read, it would have to have at least 200 spaces :)

  59. Charles Dunning says:

    1. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

    2. Once & Future King/Book of Merlyn – TH White

    3. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

    4. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein

    5. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

    6. Malevil – Robert Merle

    7. Tales of Alvin Maker (Series) – Orson Scott Card

    8. The Dark Is Rising (Series) – Susan Cooper

    9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

    10. Personal Recollections of Joan Of Arc – Mark Twain

  60. Cathryn Bonica says:

    In no particular order:

    The Shipping News–Annie Proulx
    Brave New World–Aldous Huxley
    The Stand–Stephen King
    A Thousand Splendid Suns–Khaled Hoseini
    Little Women–Louisa May Alcott
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian–Sherman Alexie
    Tuesdays With Morrie–Mitch Albom
    A Tale of Two Cities–Charles Dickens
    Water for Elephants–Sara Gruen
    The Witching Hour–Anne Rice

  61. kimberlywarner says:

    In no particular order:

    King James Bible
    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
    The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

  62. Annie says:

    1. Secret Friends (Elizabeth Laird)
    2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)
    3. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
    4. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
    5. When Darkness Falls (used to be such a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey)
    6. When Courage Came To Call (L. M. Fuge)
    7. Pink Balloons (Beverley McGregor)
    8. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
    9. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
    10. Book Girl and the Captive Fool (Nomura Mizuki) It’s not very well translated, but still…

    Not really in a particular order, just wrote them as they came to me. (So many of these were favourites from my childhood, but I just had to include them! Especially since I still love them now…)

  63. rapidlight says:

    My top ten are:
    1) The Bible
    2) Mother West Wind Stories – Thorton W. Burgess
    3) The Black Stallion – Walter Farley
    4) Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
    5) Modoc – Ralph Helfer (amazing story)
    6) Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
    7) Cashbox – Richard S. Wheeler (actually all his books are a must read)
    8) The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey NIffenegger
    9) Harper Connelly Mysteries Series – Charlaine Harris
    10) Acheron – Sherrilyn Kenyon (actually all of her books are a must read)

  64. caoschack says:

    1. The Bible – God
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    3. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
    4. Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
    5. Unbroke – Layra Hillenbrand
    6. The Winds of War – Herman Wouk
    7. Profiles in Courage – John F. Kennedy
    8. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
    9. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
    10. The Firm – John Grisham

  65. Tom Bentley says:

    Dang, ten is tough, but here are the ones that surfaced (in the order they surfaced):

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Twain
    The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
    All the Pretty Horses – McCarthy
    Lolita – Nabokov
    Slaughterhouse Five – Vonnegut
    Gilead – Robinson
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Dillard
    Grapes of Wrath – Steinbeck
    Siddhartha – Hesse
    Crime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky

  66. JDN says:

    1. The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks
    2. 1984 – George Orwell
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    4. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
    5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
    6. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
    7. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
    8. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
    9. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    10. The Cider House Rules – John Irving

  67. jdberlin says:

    It is hard to narrow this down to only ten books. Many worthy books are still unmentioned, but here, in no specific order, are my choices;
    1. King Rat , James Clavell
    2.The Great Escape, Paul Brickhill
    3. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
    4. Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    5. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
    6. A Sort of Saga, Bill Mauldin
    7. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
    8. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    9. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
    10. Hard Times, Studs Terkel

  68. wheelygirl58 says:

    My top 10 (though I have many more favorites!!)
    In no particular order:
    The Bible (NIV)
    The “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHay and Jerry B.Jenkins- – though I haven’t finished it!!
    “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
    “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by the late Stephen Covey
    “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis
    “Essential C. S. Lewis” — have only begun reading this!!
    “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards
    “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers– a daily devotional
    ” Praying the Names of God” by Ann Spangler
    “The Purpose-driven Life” by Rick Warren

  69. lurawilcox says:

    In no particular order:

    1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    3. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
    4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    5. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
    6. Cane River by Lalita Tademy
    7. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    10. The Last Oracle by James Rollins

  70. WistfulVisionary says:

    1. The Holy Bible
    2. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates –Mary Mapes Dodge
    3. Ramona the Pest –Beverly Cleary
    4. A Tale of Two Cities –Charles Dickens
    5. The Hunger Games (definitely the last one) –Suzanne Collins
    6. The Hobbit –J.R.R. Tolkein
    7. The Princess Bride –William Goldman
    8. Little House on the Prairie –Laura Ingalls Wilder
    9. Little Women –Louisa May Alcott
    10. Peralandra –C.S. Lewis

  71. Johannasan says:

    I LOVE this question. Books have always been a very important part of my life and this list is mostly chronological.

    Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
    The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
    Sir Gibbie (George MacDonald)
    The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
    Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
    The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)
    Chocolat (Joanne Harris)
    Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface(Robin Hopper)
    Go! the Art of Change (Jonathan Milne)

    There are so many more but these were the first 10 that came to remembrance.

  72. Vic Warren says:

    In the order that I remembered them.

    Alice in Wonderland
    The Book Thief
    Catch-22
    The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Where the Wild Things Are
    The Hobbit
    Jane Eyre
    The Golden Compass
    The Maltese Falcon
    The Martian Chronicles

  73. Dana says:

    My list of books, old and new, in no particular order, other than as they come to mind::
    1. The book of Psalms, the Bible (God)
    2. Pride and Prejudice (Austin)
    3. Wild (Strayed)
    4. The Shape of Mercy (Susan Meissner)
    5. Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
    6. The Forgotten Garden (Elizabeth Morton)
    7. The Scent of Rain and Lightening (Nancy Pickard)
    8. The Eighth Veil (Frederick Ramsay)
    9. Peace Like a River (Leif Enger)
    10. Thereby Hangs a Tail (Spencer Quinn)

  74. garybob309 says:

    My Mount Rushmore of Novels

    A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Stand – Stephen King
    Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
    Methuselah’s Children – Robert A. Heinlein
    I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb
    All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
    Hawaii – James A. Michener
    1984 – George Orwell
    The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

  75. candacegroberg says:

    Here is my list (in no particular order):

    1. The Four Agreements – Miguel Angel Ruiz

    2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

    3. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

    4. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller

    5. The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ

    6. Our Town – Thornton Wilder

    7. A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer

    8. Feel Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D. Burns M.D.

    9. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

    10. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

  76. laird72 says:

    1. The Sea Wolf – by Jack London
    2. The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) – by J.R.R. Tolkien
    3. Captain Blood – by Rafael Sabatini
    4. The Great Train Robbery – by Michael Crichton
    5. Lonesome Dove – by by Larry McMurtry
    6. Dances With Wolves – by Michael Blake
    7. The Last of the Breed – by Louis L’Amour
    8. The Sphere – by Michael Crichton
    9. Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire – by Ruth Downie
    10. A Song of Ice and Fire (series) – by George R.R. Martin

  77. lhinkey says:

    This list could change from day-to-day or hour-to-hour, but right this minute:
    1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
    2. Skinny Legs and All (Tom Robbins)
    3. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (Christopher Moore)
    4. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeline L’Engle)
    5. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
    6. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
    7. The Hobbit (JRR Tolkein)
    8. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
    9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or any/all of them, but that started it; JK Rowling)
    10. A Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

    I’d really do better naming 10 authors: everything by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Ben Bova, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabelle Allende, and Louisa May Alcott.

    • ekstra@msn.com says:

      Add Neil Gaiman, Spider Robinson, Paul di Filippo, Thomas Costain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and our lists would match almost exactly. I love every one of the ones on your author list! (And Clive Barker…not the Books of Blood stuff, but his storytelling novels, which are wonderful. I don’t know how I left Weaveworld off my list!)

  78. joseflemoine says:

    In no particular order…

    1. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
    2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    3. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
    4. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    5. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
    6. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley
    7. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    8. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
    9. Nine Stories – J. D. Salinger
    10. Ten Little Indians – Sherman Alexie

  79. jaed says:

    No particular order…

    1. White Fang – Jack London
    2. Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
    3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    4. Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
    5. The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
    6. Tiffany Aching Series – Terry Pratchett (my licence plate reads “CRIVENS”)
    7. The Tombs of Atuan – Ursula K. LeGuin
    8. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
    9. The Oath – Frank Peretti
    10. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

  80. acheryld says:

    What a challenge! Thanks for the time spent “remembering” today.

    Lord Jim ~~ Joseph Conrad
    Love Medicine ~~ Louise Erdrich (her language is a miracle)
    To Kill A Mockingbird ~~ Harper Lee
    The Lover ~~ Marguerite Duras (a perfect book)
    Little Women ~~ Louisa May Alcott
    A New Earth ~~ Eckhart Tolle
    The Color Purple ~~ Alice Walker
    Jane Eyre ~~ Charlotte Bronte
    The Dubliners ~~ James Joyce (actually a collection of short stories; includes “The Dead”, a novella)
    Sean O’Casey ~~ 6-volume autobiography by Sean O’Casey (time well spent)

    May I just add, since some have listed Shakespeare: the plays of Tennessee Williams!

  81. lazuli says:

    I’ve always been a reader, but looking back over 40+ years of reading, these are the 10 books that touched me most deeply. Those formative years truly are formative! :) And kidlit is important!

    1. The Magic Realm of Fairy Tales – illustrated by Leslie Gray and Judy Stang
    2. The Holy Bible (KJV)
    3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary
    4. Johnny Tremain – Esther Hoskins Forbes
    5. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
    6. The Fairie Queene – Edmund Spenser
    7. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    8. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    9. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
    10. You’ve Got a Book in You – Elizabeth Sims

  82. doctommft says:

    No particular order
    1. The 13th Valley John M. Del Vecchio
    2. Carry Me Home John M. Del Vecchio
    3. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
    4. Once an Eagle Anton Myer
    5. Freedom of Choice Rose and Milton Friedman
    6. Boundaries Cloud and Townsend
    7. Secrets to Lasting Love Gary Smalley
    8. The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer
    9. A Separate Peace
    10. Red Badge of Courage Stephan Crane

  83. capirani says:

    My 10 would be:
    1. The Bible
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird
    3. Tom Sawyer
    4. Old Man and the Sea
    5. A Wrinkle in Time
    6. Heidi
    7. The Hiding Place
    8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    9. Oliver Twist
    10. 1984

  84. ARCTG says:

    1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    3. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul
    4. Diary of Ann Frank by Anne Frank
    5. (Anything) Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    6. Tolkein x 5 (counting LOTR as one book)
    7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and Russell Munson
    8. Watership Down by Richard Adams
    9. Eragon x 4 by Christopher Paolini
    10. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

  85. Ricardo Mazdabum says:

    In no particular order:

    1. The Stingray Shuffle – Tim Dorsey
    2. Skinny Dip – Carl Hiaasen
    3. The Last Death of Jack Harbin – Terry Shames
    4. London Bridges – James Patterson
    5. High Five – Janet Evanovich
    6. The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo – Stieg Larsson
    7. Armadillos and Old Lace – Kinky Friedman
    8. Nine By Laumer – Keith Laumer
    9. Justice For None – Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan
    10. Case File – Bill Pronzini

  86. teuliano says:

    1. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
    2. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
    3. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
    4. Mere Christianity/Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
    5. Autobiography of Ben Franklin – Ben Franklin
    6. The Robe – Lloyd Douglas
    7. Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – Daniel Pink
    8. The Servant: a simple story about the true essence of leadership – James C Hunter
    9. If Disney Ran your Hospital – Fred Lee
    10. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

  87. LuAnn Braley says:

    In no particular order:

    1. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    2. Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
    3. Big Money by Jack Getze
    4. The Publicist Series by Christina George (aka Kate Mitchell)
    5. When Camels Fly by NLB Horton
    6. The Verona Trilogy by Lory Kaufman
    7. Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum
    8. The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman
    9. To Hold The Sun by Chas Watkins
    10. absolutely anything by Joyce and Jim Lavene

  88. Carolw says:

    1. The Bible
    2. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
    3. Mark of the Lion Series – Francine Rivers
    4. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
    5. Soul Survivor – Philip Yancey
    6. The Orchardist – Amanda Coplin
    7. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
    8. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    9. Safely Home – Randy Alcorn
    10. One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voscamp

  89. Lon says:

    Like many other lists, this is tentative; could change tomorrow:

    1. Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
    2. Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
    3. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
    4. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
    5. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
    6. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
    7. The Baroque Cycle (three-volume novel: Quicksilver/The Confusion/The System Of The World) – Neal Stephenson
    8. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
    9. Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Mecca And Medinah – Sir Richard Burton
    10. Connections – James Burke

  90. IndianaDan says:

    1. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
    2. An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
    3. The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)
    4. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
    5. Titus Groan (Mervyn Peake)
    6. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter)
    7. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs)
    8. One L (Scott Turow)
    9. The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis)
    10. The Bible. (various)

  91. Dia says:

    1. J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (really, the whole Harry Potter series)
    2. Octavia Butler – Kindred
    3. Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    4. Alan Lightman – Einstein’s Dreams
    5. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
    6. Stephen King – Carrie
    7. Madeleine L’engle – A Wrinkle in Time
    8. Jeffery Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides
    9. Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    10. John Rector – Lost Things

  92. BabeRuth3 says:

    The Bible

    The Great Divorce – CS Lewis

    Pawn

    Timeline

    Micro

    Chronicles of Narnia

    Johnny Tremain

    Black, Red, White

    Essentials of Screenwriting

    1984

  93. superman1224 says:

    1. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
    2. Holes – Louis Sachar
    3. The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving
    4. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    5. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
    6. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    7. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris
    8. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
    9. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
    10. The Boxcar Children – Gertrude Chandler Warner

  94. Here is my list!

    1 : The Devil’s Notebook, by Anton LaVey
    2 : Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
    3 : The Prince, by Machiavelli
    4 : Lucifer Rising, by Gavin Baddeley
    5 : Portrait of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
    6 : Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong
    7: Parasite Eve, by Hideaki Sena
    8: Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov
    9: The Monk, by Matthew Gregory Lewis
    10: Horror Video Games, Edited by Bernard Perron

  95. leyankee says:

    These are not in order, but the first ten that came to mind. Of course, there are many that could be put on a list like this.

    The Iceberg Hermit by Arthur J. Roth
    The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
    Curtain by Agatha Christie
    Nemesis by Agatha Christie
    The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters
    Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St.-Exupery
    L’Enfant de Sable by Tahar Ben Jelloun
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  96. ekstra@msn.com says:

    The Black Rose (Thomas Costain)
    Gate to Women’s Country (Sheri S. Tepper)
    Godel, Excher, Bach (nope, didn’t understand a lot of it, but it sure stays with me!)
    Night of Power (Spider Robinson)
    Mordant’s Need (Mirror of Her Dreams & A Man Rides Through, Donaldson)
    Fractal Paisley (Paul di Filippo)
    Little Women (Alcott)
    Good Omens (Pratchett & Gaiman)
    Bank Shot (Westlake…and all Dortmunder novels & stories)
    Profiles in Courage (Kennedy)
    Anything by Bill Bryson
    That’ll do off the top of my head

  97. waynesr9@yahoo.com says:

    These are the top ten right of the top of my head.

    1. Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
    2. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
    3. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    4. Dune – Frank Herbert
    5. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    6. Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey
    7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    8. All Creatures Great and Small – James Herriot
    9. All Quiet on Western Front – Erich Remarque
    10. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig

  98. J.R.R. Tolkien — The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
    Douglas Hofstadter — Gödel, Escher, Bach
    Terry Pratchett — The Colour of Magic
    H.P. Lovecraft — The Whisperer In Darkness
    Douglas Adams — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    Stephen R. Donaldson — Lord Foul’s Bane
    Michael Ende — Momo
    Jan Guillou — The Road to Jerusalem
    Neal Stephenson — Snow Crash
    Arthur C. Clarke — Dolphin Island: A Story of the People of the Sea

  99. chris62 says:

    I accepted the same challenge on FB. Here’s my list, as posted, in no particular order. Except that “…Mockingbird” is my all-time favorite book!

    To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
    Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
    Sea Biscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
    The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
    The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    The Possibility of Everything – Hope Edelman

  100. ruth.augustine says:

    Just ten?!…Ok, just as I think of them (would probably be a different list tomorrow):

    1. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
    2. The Hotel New Hampshire (John Irving)
    3. American Gods (Neal Gaiman)
    4. The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula LeGuin)
    5. The Foundation Trilogy (Isaac Asimov)
    6. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
    7. Stranger in a Strange Land — the original version (Robert Heinlein)
    8. Other Worlds, Other Gods (Mayo Mohs –ed.)
    9. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
    10. The Hobbit –and please let me add The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkein)

  101. LisaK says:

    OK Brian. I accept the challenge. Here are the ten books that refuse to leave me.
    1. The Bible (well, duh :))
    2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    5. The Stand – Stephen King
    6. Left Behind -Jerry B. Jenkins
    7. Little Witch – Anna Elizabeth Bennett (the first book I read on my own)
    8. The Last Jihad – Joel Rosenberg
    9. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
    10. Band of Brothers – Stephen Ambrose

  102. pschraff1 says:

    In no order of preference:

    1. The Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    3. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
    4. Message in a Bottle (Nicholas Sparks)
    5. Left Behind Series (Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins)
    6. The Stand (Stephen King)
    7. Circle of Friends (Maeve Binchy)
    8. The Client (John Grisham)
    9. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
    10. Book of Ephesians (Apostle Paul)

  103. vyvienn says:

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    2. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck. It took me a long time to get around to reading this, but afterwards, I had a crazy Steinbeck phase
    3. The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra
    4. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, Tracy Farr.
    5. Moby Dick, Herman Melville. Sadly, the reason this has “stayed” with me is because I cannot get myself to finish it. It bores the heck out of me… if making a future list like this was ever on Melville’s mind, he must be very pleased.
    6. Das Geheimnis der Orangefarbenen Katze (The Secret of the Orange-Colored Cat), various. Each chapter of this charming and nutty adventure was written by a different author. I can’t get enough it, although it’s technically a children’s book
    7. The Incrementalists, Steven Brust and Skyler White
    8. How Music Works, David Byrne
    9. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg. I read it again every other December.
    10. Gesammelte Werke, Stefan Zweig. Zweig had a wonderfully whimsical writing style. Almost all of the subjects he wrote about are sadly still issues today.

  104. Phil Sexton says:

    Mine include:

    My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
    Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
    The Sword of Aradel – Alexander Key
    Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
    On Boxing – Joyce Carol Oates
    Supergods – Grant Morrison
    D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths – Ingri d’Aulaire, Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
    Hitchcock / Truffaut – François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock
    Travels – Michael Crichton
    The Princess Bride – William Goldman

  105. mdieter says:

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    The World According to Garp/A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    Beach Music by Pat Conroy
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
    Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    She’s Come Undone/I Know This Much Is True/ The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
    Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
    The Innocent Man by John Grisham
    And, as a former newspaper reporter who still writes for a living, the AP Stylebook

  106. LobowolfXXX says:

    1) A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving). I’ve never read a better book, and I doubt I ever will.
    2) The Western Canon (Harold Bloom)
    3) The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler) Taught me that it doesn’t take a brilliant idea to make a brilliant book.
    4) The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane (Stephen Crane)
    5) The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    6) The Chess Struggle in Practice (David Bronstein)
    7) The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
    8) Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)
    9) Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
    10) 5,000 B.C. And Other Philosophical Fantasies (Raymond Smullyan)

  107. draco9946 says:

    so many books, so little time. Here’s ten:
    The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra; Why I Wake Up Early, Mary Oliver; Salem’s Lot, Stephen King; To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee; Zen Mind, Beginner’s MInd, Shunryu Suzuki; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig; And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini; Howl, Allen GInsberg; On The Road, Jack Kerouac; Berlin Noir (actually 3 in 1), Philip Kerr.
    and on and on and on….

  108. SileHMC says:

    1. Middlemarch by George Eliot.
    2. Split Image by Robert B. Parker
    3. The Horseman’s Encyclopedia by Margaret Cabell Self .
    4. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell (with Bill Moyers)
    5. Emma by Jane Austen
    6. He Knew He was Right by Anthony Trollope.
    7. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.
    8. Shogun by James Clavell
    9. The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart
    10. The Manipulated Man by Esther Vilar

  109. 1. Mrs. Bridge – Evan Connell
    2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
    3. The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
    4. Still Alice – Lisa Genova
    5. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
    6. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    7. The Broke Diaries – Angela Nissel
    8. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    9. My Point… And I Do Have One – Ellen DeGeneres
    10. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

  110. Ten won’t be enough, but it’ll be a start.

    1. The Bible
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    3. Into the Darkest Corner (Elizabeth Haynes)
    4. Codependent No More (Melody Beattie)
    5. The Street Lawyer (John Grisham)
    6. A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks)
    7. He Still Moves Stones (Max Lucado)
    8. Acheron (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
    9. He Shall Thunder in the Sky (Elizabeth Peters)
    10. Night Train to Memphis (Elizabeth Peters)

  111. beanshank says:

    Not in any particular order, but just how they come to mind:

    The Witching Hour (Anne Rice)
    Earth’s Children series (Jean M. Auel)–if I had to pick, maybe #3
    Pale Demon (Kim Harrison)
    Othello (Shakespeare)
    Riding Freedom (Pam Munoz Ryan)
    Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
    The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
    Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
    The Return of the King (Tolkien)
    A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)

  112. Gabriela GM says:

    1. The Once and Future King, T. H. White
    2. Fictions and The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges
    3. The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde
    4. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
    5. The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tye
    6. Mr. North, Thornton Wilder
    7. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
    8. Violet, Whitfield Cook
    9. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    10. Foundation, Isaac Asimov

    So many good books left out…

  113. xAmyElle says:

    Here’s my list, in no particular order:

    1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    7. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

  114. RKHutson says:

    1. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
    2. Plague Dogs – Richard Adams
    3. Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
    4. The Custom of the Country – Edith Wharton
    5. The Master -Colm Toibin
    6. Two Marriages – Phillip Lopate
    7. A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre
    8. Things I’ve Learned From Dying – David Dow
    9. The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard
    10. Famine – Liam O’Flaherty

  115. Empress Pen says:

    Okay…this one is hard as I have so many but these would definitely make it into my Top 10 most memorable:

    1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    3. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
    4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    5. The Last Warner Woman by Kei Miller
    6. Slumdog Millionaire (Q&A) by Vikas Swarup
    7. The Other Woman and The Gideon series by Eric Jerome Dickey (To be honest, everything I’ve ever read by Mr. Dickey has stayed with me!)
    8. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
    9. G-Spot by Noire
    10. Disappearing Acts by Terri McMillan

    Yeah, I cheated but couldn’t help it!

  116. xAmyElle says:

    In no particular order, my list would consist of:

    1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    7. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    8. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

  117. dedewitt says:

    1. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
    2. The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
    3. The El Dorado Adventure by Lloyd Alexander
    4. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
    5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    6. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Arthur Doyle
    7. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
    8. Dr. Jekyll Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    9. Captivating by Stasi Eldredge
    10. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

  118. dowritenow says:

    Here are my 10 …. group hug!

    1. Gabriel’s Lament (Paul Bailey)
    2. House of Sleep (Sebastian Coe)
    3. The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling – If I had to pick one it would be Book 5)
    4. The Glass Blowers (Daphne du Maurier)
    5. Vorkosigan Saga (Lois McMaster Bujold)
    6. The Magic Faraway Tree (Enid Blyton)
    7. The Glass Bead Game (Herman Hesse)
    8. Body of Glass (Marge Piercy)
    9. She (Rider Haggard))
    10. Second Foundation (Asimov) or any of his Robot books.

    That was fun. Thanks!

  119. ronadee says:

    This is an exercise I asked one of my bookclubs to do for our next meeting. It’s a great way to find new reads from people of reasonably like minds. And A Prayer for Owen Meany is definitely on mine, along with:
    Cat’s Eye (Atwood)
    One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez)
    Bonfire of the Vanities (Wolfe) — but NOT the movie
    In Cold Blood (Capote)
    A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson)
    Atlas Shrugged (Rand)
    John Adams (McCullogh)
    Prince of Tides (Conroy) — but again NOT the movie
    Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Shirer)

    With apologies to all my other favorites

  120. JacHamer says:

    My books:
    (1) Running With Scissors- Augusten Burroughs
    (2) Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
    (3) To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
    (4) About a Boy- Nick Hornby
    (5) A Long Way Gone- Ishmael Beah
    (6) We Need to Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shriver
    (7) Looking For Alaska- John Green
    (8) Matilda- Roald Dahl
    (9) White Oleander- Janet Finch
    (10) The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton

  121. mmbrown011 says:

    So many memories…

    1. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol
    2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
    3. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    4. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
    5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Series, Stieg Larsson
    6. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    7. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
    8. Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen
    9. Harry Potter Series, J K Rowling
    10. Divergent, Veronica Roth

  122. MPrimrose says:

    My 10 in no particular order:
    1. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
    2. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
    3. Carrie (Stephen King)
    4. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
    5. The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis)
    6. 1984 (George Orwell)
    7. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
    8. The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
    9. Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls )
    10. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)

  123. Luana says:

    1. The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)
    2. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
    3. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
    4. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
    5. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    7. Ink Heart (Cornelia Funke)
    8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)
    9. Kadingir (Joan Llongueras and Merce Masnou)
    10. Eon (Allison Goodman)

  124. Trave Heath Lien says:

    1. Pendragon: Merchant of Death – D.J MacHAle
    2. Trickster’s choice/Trickster’s Queen –Tamora Pierce
    3. Dealing with Dragons –Patricia C. Wrede
    4. Ella Enchanted –Gail Carson Levine
    5. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
    6. Circle of Magic – Tamora Pierce
    7. Shadow children – Margaret Peterson Haddix
    8. The Giver –Louis Lowry
    9. Keys to the Kingdom –Garth Nix
    10. The Black Tattoo –Sam Enthoven

    The Circle of Magic is a series, but I really loved the story as a whole and independently.

  125. Mark Ordon says:

    Ok, here’s my list in no particular order:

    1. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
    2. Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
    3. The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
    4. Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
    5. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
    6. Suspicion, A Dangerous Game, The Tunnel (Friedrich Durrenmatt)
    7. Word Child (Iris Murdoch)
    8. Millenium (Stieg Larsson)
    9. Solaris (Stanislaw Lem)
    10. My Name is Red (Orhan Pamuk) — just finished!

    And of course, it wouldn’t stop here – I would have to add all the classic detective stories by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. On my short list is the Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

  126. gmagrady says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
    The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
    Beloved (Toni Morrison)
    On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
    The Meaning of Night (Michael Cox)
    The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
    The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
    The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
    The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

  127. DadWithAPen says:

    So many to choose from but here’s my list.

    1. Matarese Circle (Robert Ludlum – my first spy novel I think I was in 6th grade)
    2. Presumed Innocent (Scott Turow)
    3. The Firm (John Grisham)
    4. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series (J.R.R. Tolkein 4 books total)
    5. Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)
    6. Song of Fire and Ice series (R.R. Martin book 1-4 (reading #5 now)
    7. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
    8. October Sky (Homer Hickam)
    9. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
    10. The Witching Hour, Vampire Lestat, Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice)

    Yeah, I squeezed more into their than 10… :)

  128. I haven’t read a whole lot of books lately, but still had no trouble finding gems from my past.
    1. The Bible
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    3. The Giver (Lois Lowry)
    4. The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
    5. My old anthology of poems, especially Longfellow/Frost
    6. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred D. Taylor)
    7. The Last Full Measure (Jeff Shaara)
    8. Hunger Games Trilogy (Sorry, it’s on here)
    9. The Phantom Tollbooth (Norman Juster)
    10. Hamlet (Shakespeare)
    I’m planning on reading The Old Man and the Sea and The Scarlet Letter this year, but still can’t put them on here. Cheers!

  129. PDHay says:

    In no particular order:

    1To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    2 Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
    3 Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Milford
    4 Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
    5 The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems, Diane Wakoski
    6 Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
    7 October Country, Ray Bradbury
    8 A Town like Alice, Nevil Shute
    9 As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
    10 Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut

  130. cjhinesy says:

    My ten in no particular order:

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    2. The Thorn Birds
    3. My Antonia
    4. Catcher in the Rye
    5. The Kite Runner
    6. 11-22-63
    7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
    8. Riven
    9. Catch-22
    10. Angels and Demons

  131. 1. Sometimes A Great Notion (Ken Kesey)
    2. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
    3. Hamlet Prince of Denmark (William Shakespeare) (Not a book? Oops..)
    4. Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)
    5. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
    6. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
    7. Ulysses (James Joyce)
    8. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
    9. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
    10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey again)

    Ken Kesey, a personal friend of mine in the old days, once told me that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was his famous book, but Sometimes A Great Notion was his great book. Those of you out there who are serious readers might find themselves agreeing with Ken if they ever felt like wading into “Notion”, his masterpiece and the seminal American novel of the twentieth century, in my humble opinion.
    Just a note of respect to an old friend, gone but not forgotten.

  132. 1. Them, Joyce Carol Oates
    2. A Garden of Earthly Delights, Joyce Carol Oates
    3. Expensive People, Joyce Carol Oates
    4. Wonderland, Joyce Carol Oates
    5. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
    6. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
    7. Middlemarch, George Elliot
    8. She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb
    9. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    10. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

    The first four Joyce Carol Oates books are her Detroit quartet written in the 60s but timeless and still stand up today as excellent reads.

    Dymphna

  133. Mojowritin says:

    In no specific order:

    1 – The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
    2 – The Snow Queen – Traditional
    3 – The Famous Five books – Enid Blyton
    4 – The Hobbit – J R Tolkien
    5 –Call of the Wild – Jack London
    6 – Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
    7 – Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    8 – The Fairy books – Andrew Lang
    9 – It – Stephen King
    10 – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

  134. modscribery says:

    Some of the books on this list even surprised me by showing up there! Nevertheless, these are some of the truest 10 for me. Not ranked in order of my love for them:

    Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
    Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
    The Giver – Lois Lowry
    Abarat – Clive Barker
    Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
    The Rhetoric of Religion – Kenneth Burke
    The Ill-made Mute – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    The Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
    A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
    I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

  135. There’s a lot more than ten, but these are the first that came to mind. In no particular order:

    1. Spring Torrents (I.S. Turgenev)
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    3. The Little Prince ( Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
    4. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
    5. Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
    6. The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)
    7. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler)
    8. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
    9. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
    10. Lady Peasant (A.S. Pushkin)

  136. MarieJason says:

    Not in any specific order, here’s a mix of my List of 10 — they cover both fiction and nonfiction:

    1) Harold Bloom, HOW TO READ AND WHY
    2) Franz Kafka, THE COMPLETE STORIES OF FRANZ KAFKA
    3) Mark Twain, ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    4) Jonathan Swift, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
    5) Charles Darwin, THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES
    6) William James, PRAGMATISM
    7) Hendrik Willem van Loon, THE STORY OF MANKIND
    8) Robert Louis Stevenson, TREASURE ISLAND
    9) John le Carre, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
    10) Richard Adams, WATERSHIP DOWN

  137. Michael Wharton says:

    The ten books that have stayed with me over the years span almost 40 years from 1974 (I was 5) when I read Kipling’s The Jungle Book through 1991 when I first read Ayn Rand up to 2012 when I discovered Stieg Larsson. Here’s my list:

    1. THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling
    2. ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
    3. THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien
    4. THE STAND by Stephen King
    5. DUNE by Frank Herbert
    6. SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon
    7. THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton
    8. THE LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
    9. ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
    10. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

  138. TCKenn says:

    1. The Gospel of Matthew
    2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    3. The Dubliners, James Joyce
    4. One Hundred Poems from the Chinese, Kenneth Rexroth
    5. Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
    6. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
    Recent reads:
    7. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
    8. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
    9. Sight Reading, Daphne Kalotay
    10. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

  139. horonyx says:

    Hm… My list consists of the following:

    1. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (Louis Sachar)
    2. The Thief of Always (Clive Barker)
    3. Oathblood (Mercedes Lackey)
    4. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
    5. The Siren (Kiera Cass)
    6. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Haveli (Suzanne Fisher Staples)
    7. The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
    8. The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)
    9. Daughters of Darkness (L.J. Smith)
    10. Guilty Pleasures (Laurell K. Hamilton)

    Of course my list would extend, especially since I’ve enjoyed the All Souls Trilogy (Deborah Harkness), The Harrowing (Alexandra Sokoloff), and The Shadow of the Wind/La Sombra Del Viento (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) recently.

  140. Michael Wharton says:

    The ten books that have stayed with me over the years span almost 40 years from 1974 (I was 5) when I read Kipling’s The Jungle Book through 1991 when I first read Ayn Rand up to 2012 when I discovered Stieg Larsson. Here’s my list:

    THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling
    ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
    THE HOBBIT & THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J. R. R. Tolkien
    THE STAND by Stephen King
    DUNE by Frank Herbert
    SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon
    THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton
    THE LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
    ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
    THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

    • mjgenger says:

      1. Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
      2. A Civil Action- Jonathan Harr
      3. The Color Purple- Alice Walker
      4. The Power of One- Bryce Courteney
      5. Ok… The Velveteen Rabbit
      6. Wild- Cheryl Strayed
      7. Cutting for Stone- Abraham Verghese
      8. Girl with the Dragon Tatoo – Steig Larson
      9. Endurance- Alfred Lansing
      10.Gather Together In My Name- Maya Angelou

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