I did not take part in last week’s Musing Monday, which asked us to think about the criteria for a ‘best book” and then develop a list of our “top 5” favorites, mostly because I have a difficult time narrowing my list of favorites to just a few. Invariably I will give thought and consideration, develop a list, post it and immediately regret not including another. So I saved myself the aggravation.
This week Rebecca posted the list of books with the most mentions and asked us if we agree with the choices. Here is the list of books that received more than one vote (I will not post the entire list, but you can view at the link above if you so desire):
|To Kill a Mockingbird||Lee, Harper||6|
|Pride and Prejudice||Austen, Jane||3|
|The Chronicles of Narnia||Lewis, C.S.||3|
|The Time Traveler’s Wife||Niffenegger, Audrey||3|
|Harry Potter (series)||Rowling, J.K.||3|
|The Book Thief||Zusak, Markus||3|
|Little Women||Alcott, Louisa May||2|
|Hunger Games (series)||Collins, Suzanne||2|
|The Shining||King, Stephen||2|
|Anne of Green Gables||Montgomery, L.M.||2|
|Lord of the Rings||Tolkien, J.R.R.||2|
I do not know how many bloggers were tallied to develop this list, but I think it is very comprehensive and I can understand why all the books are mentioned. Of these eleven books, I have read five of them (To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Book Thief, Little Women and Anne of Green Gables) and have read at least one in the series of The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games. I have the remaining books on my shelves waiting to be read at some point and time. Do I agree with the list? Based upon my own reading habits and listed results, I would say YES!
Why do I think these novels made the cut? Riveting storyline, believable characters and timeless themes. This powerful trifecta leaves the reader thinking about the subject matter long after the final chapter is read and often nudges the reader to pick up the same book again and again.
Having said that, there are two other books that I would personally add to the list: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I read each of the novels every year and look forward to them like a visit from a long, lost friend.
How about you? Do you agree with list of “best books” — are there any listed that you feel do not belong — are there any that you would suggest that I add to my personal list of favorites?