I use all these lists to help make purchasing decisions for my library, help recommend books to patrons and to help build my own “need to read” list. Some titles appear on many of the lists, but none of the lists are exactly alike. Literature is, after all, a matter of taste.
Since I know you are all eagerly awaiting my list of favorites, I’ll share it. Tomorrow night my list might be different. These, though, are books that come to mind right now that I enjoyed or that made me think. Some of them even changed my life. Let me hear yours, too.
MY TEN FAVORITE BOOKS THAT COME TO MIND RIGHT NOW
SOMEWHAT IN ORDER BY FAVORITE
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (It's a good thing my children were girls because I would have named boys Augustus and Capt'n Call)
- Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Students read her The Bean Trees in English class, but I think Poisonwood Bible is her masterpiece)
- The Believers by Janice Holt Giles (I read it the first time in seventh grade and I love it more every time I read it.)
- The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton (I've known men like the main character. The best and worst of manhood and the American West.)
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (I don't know if I'd feel the same way if I read it today, but it changed the way I looked at the world.)
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (A really, really great book about friendship, regret and responsibility.)
- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey (The movie is good, but the book rocks.)
- Shane by Jack Schaefer (The ulitimate western novel. Every Hollywood gunfighter owes his existence to Shane.)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (She may have only had one book in her, but it was a great one.)
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (One of the only books I actually got spooky scared as I was reading it.)