My Top 69

Jill-Elizabeth at 'All Things Jill-Elizabeth' posted her top 100 books list a few weeks ago. I was so inspired that I decided to do one of my own. If you are looking for a recommendation but don't necessarily want to read a review, you can see if anything here strikes your fancy. Great idea, right? Well, I thought so until I started trying to write it! It has taken me weeks and I'm only up to 62. I know I have read LOTS of amazing books over the years. I think the problem is that I have 'menopause brain'. It just doesn't work the way it used to and I can't seem to remember a lot of things. Oh well, I'm calling it a work in progress and I'll add to it as titles float to the top of my foggy brain. For now, here's a list of my top 62 favorite books - in the order they floated to the top. If you read (or have read) any of these and feel like sharing, please comment. If you remember what I can't and can tell me the rest of my top 100 - PLEASE comment.

1.       The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
2.       Still Alice by Lisa Genova
3.       Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
4.       A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
5.       The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
6.       The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
7.       Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
8.       Where the Red Fern Grows by Wison Rawls
9.       The Birth House by Ami McKay
10.   The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
11.   Mr. God this is Anna by Fynn
12.   The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
13.   All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
14.   The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
15.   Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
16.   The Witch Doctor’s Wife by Tamar Meyers
17.   Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
18.   Stardust Neil Gaiman
19.   The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
20.   The Giver by Lois Lowry
21.   From  the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E L Konigsburg
22.   The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
23.   The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
24.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
25.   The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
26.   Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
27.   Shogun by James Clavell
28.   The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
29.   Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
30.   In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
31.   A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
32.   The Stranger by Albert Camus
33.   Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons
34.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
35.   Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
36.   The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
37.   QBVII by Leon Uris
38.   Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
39.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
40.   Spring Begins in March by Jean Little
41.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
42.   Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys
43.   Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
44.   Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
45.   Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
46.   Mila 18 by Leon Uris
47.   These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
48.   Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
49.   The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
50.   Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
51.   Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay
52.   The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
53.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
54.   Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
55.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
56.   Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
57.   Heidi by Johanna Spyri
58.   Catherine Called Birdie by Karen Cushman
59.   Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
60.   The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
61.   When the de la Cruz Family Danced by Donna Miscolta
62.   A Great Place for a Seizure by Terry Tracy
63. The Red Pony John Steinbeck
64. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
65. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
66. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
67. Dolphin Way: Rise of the Guardians by Mark Caney
68. Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson
69. Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby


  1. This is a great list. I noticed the Alchemist, by Paul Coelho. I absolutely loved that book! It looks like you have a great mix of classics, and moderns listed. Again a great list. Keep up the awesome blog!

  2. You left Still Alice as your favourite in a comment for the Blog Fest, I had to come over, that's my favourite also, i'm a new follower.

  3. Welcome aboard Marce. Glad to have you!

  4. Great list, Dana. Perhaps when you were a youngin' you might have read/loved Steinbeck's The Red Pony... Just a thought. P.S. You're too young to have m-brain!

  5. Yay Meredith!! The Red Pony is definitely a favorite. Now it's my top 63 - and you are today's favorite person for the 'too young' comment.

  6. Aww - I'm flattered! And I actually love that it's top 63 - top 100 is quite banal and I rather wish I'd done a less predictable, more comment-inspiring, number now!! :)

    I love your list too - lots of great stuff I know and a bunch that are new to me that are now on my TBR pile. Teehee - I love that we keep trading recommendations... It's a good thing I don't literally keep my TBRs in piles or I'd LONG since have threatened my own health with teetering stacks! ;)


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