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October 20, 2009

Top 40 (or, Copying Off of Cory)

Kate Hart
Cory posted a list of her top 40 favorite books, prompting me to see what my top 40 are on Goodreads. Below, in no particular order, and excluding the many, many children's books I love, are the books I at some point felt deserved five stars. (I may not feel the same now, but so it goes.) Much like "So You Think You Can Dance," we're not talking best. We're talking favorite. The two are definitely not synonymous in my world. *glances over at movie collection, looking pointedly at Wayne's World, Zoolander and Dazed and Confused...*

Young Adult
  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky
  2. Wintergirls: Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie
  4. A Wrinkle In Time: Madeline L'Engle
  5. Harry Potter: JK Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
  1. In the Land of Dreamy Dreams: Ellen Gilchrist
  2. Watchers: Dean Koontz
  3. Inferno: Dante Alighieri
  4. Hija de la fortuna: Isabel Allende
  5. The Things They Carried: Tim O'Brien
  6. Angela's Ashes: Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
  8. The Handmaid's Tale: Margaret Atwood
  9. The History of Love: Nicole Krauss
  10. The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck
  11. Lonesome Dove: Larry McMurtry
  12. Crime and Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. The Stand: Stephen King
  14. Lord of the Rings: JRR Tolkein
  15. The Feast of All Saints: Anne Rice
  16. Gone With The Wind: Margaret Mitchell
  17. Slaughterhouse Five: Kurt Vonnegut
  1. Naked: David Sedaris
  2. Crisis in the Academy: Rethinking Higher Education in America: Christopher J. Lucas
  3. Race and Revolution: Gary B. Nash
  4. Paul Revere's Ride: David Hackett Fischer
  5. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War: Barbara W. Tuchman
  6. Life and Death in Shanghai: Nien Cheng
  7. Brave Companions: David McCullough
  8. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era: James M. McPherson
  9. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War: Tony Horwitz
  10. A Room of One's Own: Virginia Woolf
  11. Guns, Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond
  12. Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City: Kelly Coyne
  1. Selected Poems: Federico García-Lorca
  2. Poems, 1965-1975: Seamus Heaney
  3. Cien sonetos de amor: Pablo Neruda
  4. Macbeth: Shakespeare
  5. Calvin and Hobbes (Any and all): Bill Watterson
*I only included one work by each author. Otherwise we'd have all 7 Harry Potters and a dozen Shakespeares.
**Amazing: The list came out to 41 exactly. #41 was Amy Butler's In Stitches.


  1. What? No "Twilight"? :look around:

    Love, Guess Who.

  2. Wait, this could be so many people! LOL

    Although I am somewhat obsessed, I didn't give any of the books 5 stars on Goodreads, so I left it out. But let it be known that I think it is a very sparkly series, somewhat akin to crack.

  3. That wasn't me, but I agree that it is extremely addictive!

  4. Ooh... I should have thought of the Good Read thing since I use that. I'll have to steal that idea from you!

  5. Ooh, I love David Sedaris! I've read Me Talk Pretty One Day, and I love his quirky ironic humor.

  6. I'm so glad GWTW made the list! :D


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