Here is my top ten list (as of right now) of the best books I have ever read. They are not in a particular order. Some are older and some newer, but all are huge hits with me and gems not to be missed.
– Harry Potter (All 7 Books) by J.K Rowling: These are the only books I have read over and over and over again. Harry Potter is a boy who learns that he is a wizard and is able to leave his sad life and go to school at Hogwarts. Most people know what ensues as he starts first year there at the tender age of 11. There are 7 books in the series and all are fantastic with action, humor, and great lessons). These are books that can be read at any age and I for one know if you become a fan you are a fan for life.
– Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: This is a classic book and one that should not be missed. You first meet Jane when she is a child with her abusive family. From there she moves on to a school and then on to be the governess of Edward Rochester. There is oppression, growth, and love all rolled in to one story. This is a female character who is beaten down again and again but still comes out stronger in the end. A must read if you like that kind of female character.
– Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: This is a huge book and could be intimidating but a must read if you love a good historical fiction. It follows a lot of different characters from all different forms of life in the middle of the 12th century. A church is burnt down and the characters all come together to rebuild it over the years. It’s a compelling novel and you cannot put it down. The details are beautiful and you can picture yourself there.
– A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldier by Ishmeal Beah: This is a memoir written by Ismeal of when he was a child solider in Sierra Leone. It is a touching portrait that will leave you breathless and crying. It also shows the strength of this man to come out of this situation with a strong head and heart. A must read if you ever want to read an autobiography. It will put you in the situation and make you realize what you have and how lucky you are…and all this in one novel.
– The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron: This is a book about books and I loved every min of it. Carlos is a beautiful writer that pulls you in and makes you live the book with his details and descriptions. It’s about a young boy named Daniel Sempere and his father who takes him to the secret cemetery of Forgotten Books. The tradition is to take one book for life and must protect that book for life. The books he picks he loves and tries to look for more books by that author but cannot. Stories unfold about the author and takes Daniel in to a world he knew nothing about. There is love and suspense in this book and will always be in my top 10.
– Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: I must say all three books are great but this one stands out as the best among them. I also have yet to read the new one so I have nothing to say about that…yet. Lisbeth Salander is one of the best characters of all time. Strong despite what has happened to her, and is a smart women. She teams up with Mikael Blomkvist to investigate a disappearance on an island. A thriller at its best and a book that anyone who likes a good crime novel must read…and then go on to the other ones.
– Angles & Demons by Dan Brown: I have read all the Robert Landgon books and do like them for different reasons but this book I could not put down. I read it within a couple of days and if you are going to read any Dan Brown this would be the one to pick up. The movie doesn’t do it justice…but when do they ever? This is where you meet Robert Langdon as he heads to the Vatican to help solve the mystery of where the missing vile of antimatter is hidden about to be used as a bomb. So much suspense you want to know what is going to happen. Do not read this over time it’s a sit down and read at once book.
– Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy: This is the funnies book on this list and is a great read for both adults and kids. It takes the fairy tale stories and turns them on their heads. You meet all the “prince charming’s” and they are not what you expect, all clumsy and not charming at all. They have to band together to save the kingdom and do so in such a comical way you will be laughing out loud. There are two more books after this and they are equally as funny but this is the beginning and by far the best.
– Room by Emma Donohue: This is such a powerful book I laughed, cried, and hoped the whole time I was reading it. I am really excited for the movie. It’s about “Ma” who was kidnapped as a teenager and is kept in this shed. She has a child by her captor in this shed and does what she can for this boy with what she has to work with. This is all told from the point of view of Jack her 5 year old son. It’s not only what it is like on the inside but what happens and how it’s like on the outside when all you have known is this room. I recommend this book at work all the time.
– Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: Of course I have to put a Jane book on here. I have always loved Jane and am able to read them despite the old English used. This is my favourite book and I have read it a few times. Elizabeth is one of the best female characters written ever. Strong willed, smart, honest and only settling for the best you can’t get any better than that. It is her story of meeting Mr. Darcy and having a mother who just wants her married and all the pride and prejudice she has. If you are going to read a classic this should be one of your list.