There are so many books that I absolutely love, but I always like to keep a running list of which ones are my absolute favorites. So, at the moment, here it is:
1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. One of the most deeply affecting and moving books I have ever read, by an astonishingly gifted writer.
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Terribly desolate and bleak, but also poignant and tender. Made me cry for about an hour after I read it.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. What I consider a virtually flawless novel, extraordinary in every way.
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. A powerful yet gentle novel by a wonderful and graceful writer.
5. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. This was such a reading experience! The book is so passionate and intense and all-consuming that you become completely immersed in it.
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen. My favorite by this truly timeless writer. Though all of her books are wonderful in their own ways, this one stands out for me as the most moving and mature.
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I literally couldn’t put this book down, so I ended up sobbing uncontrollably at 4:00 AM when I finished it.
8. Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. A rich, complex, moving novel that truly celebrates the power of books.
9. Time Enough For Drums by Ann Rinaldi. I went through a stage where I was obsessed with historical fiction, and this book is so fabulous that it transcends genre. I discovered it when I was maybe nine years old, and I still reread it all the time.
10. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (Not exactly just one book, but I couldn’t choose my favorite, and this series is too good not to make the top ten.) I think this pretty much speaks for itself. Classic.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series by Carola Dunn
The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Night by Elie Weisel
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
Jellicoe Road by Meina Marchetta
Run by Ann Patchett
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt