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My Top Ten Books

Do you know how hard this was to make? The pain, agony, suffering. Actually, it was really fun and I plan on doing this for my own personal enjoyment every few months just to see how my list shifts around.

And without any more bits of nonsense from me here are my top ten books (in order of favorite-ness).

  1. Mary Poppins P.L. Travers
  2. Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
  4. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire
  5. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Waves Virginia Woolf
  7. The Art of Eating M.F.K. Fisher
  8. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Brian Moore
  9. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
  10. The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett

This list is part of my week long series where I post a list a day, mostly because I don’t really have very much time this week and I like lists. Yesterday’s list.


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Top 10 Books of 2010

Portrait of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

My favorite read this year. --Image via Wikipedia

I’m jumping on the bandwagon and am publishing a list of my favorite books I read this year. (Hyperlinks are to blog posts that I wrote about the book.)

  1. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
  2. The Art of Eating MFK Fisher
  3. I’m a Stranger Here Myself Bill Bryson
  4. Mrs. Bridge Evan S. Connell
  5. The World From Beginnings to 4000 BCE Ian Tattersall
  6. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Brian Moore
  7. Tess of the D’Ubervilles Thomas Hardy
  8. Beowulf Seamus Hinley’s translation (bonus points for beautiful printing)
  9. S. John Updike
  10. The Serpent and the Rainbow Wade Davis

I was originally just going to publish the list but the compiling of it was such a bizarre experience that I feel compelled to write about it.

As I watched books that I loved getting bumped off the list (particularly The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart) I realized that the books that were remaining were not the books that I had most loved reading. While most of them were such fun to read the books that remained were the ones that had the greatest emotional response from me as I looked across my Shelfari account. Some of them reminded me of the burst of excited intellectual energy that I got as I read them (The World from Beginning…, The Serpent and…) while others brought back the painful stories that carried a sorrow that was still as fresh (The Lonely Passion…, Mrs. Bridge, Tess…). Of course there were the stories that I still think of daily (To the Lighthouse, The Art of…, I’m a Stranger, Mrs. Bridge.)

As I was compiling this years list I was struck by one thought: Damn, this was one good year for books.


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