A Few of My Favorite Things

I have this list I’ve made of my favorite books and I keep adding to it. I did this at first because to me, to finish a book was a big thing.

I did not grow up as a reader. I struggled with the act of reading and truly, I would have rather had my teeth pulled than read a book growing up. Then I went to college and had to read boring books, and you know what? Once I got started I found I grew interested in them. A thought occurred to me then that it might be fun to read a book that I chose. From that moment on I began the life of a reader. Not because I had to but because I wanted to.

Anyway, here is the list. It is a bit long now and includes a few books that I really did like when I was young. Some books are definitely not rated “G.” Some of these authors I stopped reading because they had too many sex scenes in them, or were too dark, and I eventually noticed that all their books were that way. I even have a few non-fiction titles in here.

Books I have known and loved


* means I would read this book again

  1. *The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs
  2. Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. On Writing by Stephen King (nonfiction)
  5. No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty
  6. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  8. *Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  9. Madame Bovary
  10. The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller
  11. *Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
  12. *The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  13. *1984-George Orwell -For the ideas presented and how today’s culture seems to be going down that path.
  14. Stories by O Henry by O Henry
  15. The True Confessions of Charlett Doyle by Avi
  16. *And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  17. The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
  18. Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead
  19. Merlin by Stephen Lawhead
  20. Arthur by Stephen Lawhead
  21. *Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge
  22. *Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  23. *Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  24. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  25. *Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  26. *King Lear by William Shakespeare
  27. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  28. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  29. *Kindred by Octavia Butler
  30. *The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus
  31. *Harry Potter (the series) by Rowling
  32. *Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett-particularly Going Postal, Monstrous Regiment, Thud, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay
  33. *The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  34. Timescape by Gregory Benford
  35. *The Illistrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  36. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  37. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  38. Richard II by William Shakespeare
  39. Tempest by William Shakespeare
  40. *Don Quixote by Cervantes
  41. *The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  42. Oceans of Night by Gregory Benford
  43. Accross the Sea of Suns by Gregory Benford
  44. Saga of Seven Suns Series by Kevin J. Anderson
  45. Seeker by Jack McDevitt
  46. Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
  47. Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz
  48. *Alex Cross Series by James Patterson
  49. Velocity by Dean Koontz
  50. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  51. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  52. Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw
  53. Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  54. *The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  55. *The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
  56. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  57. The Shack by William P. Young
  58. This Present Darkness by Anthony Peretti
  59. Piercing the Darkness by Anthony Peretti
  60. Dubliners by James Joyce
  61. Short Stories by Robert Sheckley
  62. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  63. *To the Vanishing Point by Allen Dean Foster
  64. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  65. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
  66. *A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  67. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  68. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  69. Light in August by William Faulkner
  70. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  71. *Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  72. Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
  73. *Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  74. *Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators Series
  75. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series) by Lemony Snicket
  76. Teach Your Child To Read in Just Ten Minutes a Day by Sidney Ledson (nonfiction)
  77. *The Circle Series (Black, Red, White, Green) by Ted Dekker
  78. The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross
  79. *Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  80. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  81. *Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  82. A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  83. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  84. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  85. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  86. *Pilgrim’s Progress
  87. Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  88. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  89. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  90. *Three by Ted Dekker
  91. The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson
  92. Cat and Mouse by James Patterson
  93. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  94. *Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  95. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein
  96. Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
  97. *Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz
  98. *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  99. Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfus
  100. *The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  101. *The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (Johnny Dixon) by John Bellairs
  102. *Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
  103. *Hard Magic & Spellbound (Books 1 & 2 of the Grimnoir Chronicles) by Larry Correia
  104. Cauldron by Jack McDevitt
  105. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  106. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  107. *Othello
  108. *Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  109. *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  110. *The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
  111. Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
  112. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
  113. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  114. Soulless by Gail Carringer
  115. Wool 1-5 by Hugh Howy
  116. *Player One Ready by Ernest Cline
  117. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  118. *The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
  119. *The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  120. Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II by Ben H. Winters
  121. *Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
  122. *The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
  123. Night of the Avenging Blowfish: A Novel of Covert Operations, Love, and Luncheon Meat by John Welter
  124. I Funny by James Patterson
  125. I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
  126. Geek Wisdom by N. K. Jemisin, Genevieve Valentine, Eric San Juan, Zaki Hasan,
  127. Boneman’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
  128. Swords of Haven by Simon R. Green
  129. Paths Not Taken (Nightside) Simon R. Green
  130. Drinking Midnight Wine by Simon R. Green
  131. The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, Book 1)
  132. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds