My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books - Adult & YA
2. Unless by Carol Shields - I have only read one book by Carol Shields and it was her last. It is beautiful in a way defying description. I remember feeling like I was in the main character's head - living her life. I felt a true kinship with her. It's a reading experience I really treasure.
3. Probable Future by Alice Hoffman - I love a book with a little magical realism or in this case A LOT. Alice Hoffman introduced me to magical realism with this outstanding book. This sub-genre has led me to other great authors like Sarah Addison Allen. It's absolutely fantastic. Another book I've listened to on audio.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - It was required 11th grade reading and possibly the only required reading book I read in high school besides Wuthering Heights. While I regret every single solitary moment I spent with Emily Bronte', I will always treasure the time I spent with Atticus, Scout, Jem and Boo. One of the few books I've read twice. I re-read it last year when I started to wonder if I was idolizing it in my mind without really remembering the plot. My suspicions turned out to be partially true - still it makes the top five. It's fantastic.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green - I would bow at this man's feet if it wasn't one of the highest forms of blasphemy. I try and read every word he writes. I'm currently in the process of reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I find him to be remarkably talented. I loved this book more than words.
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Anderson tackles an unspeakable tragedy with such gentle rawness it's almost too beautiful to describe. I shutter at what the Twilight series could have been in her hands. She is an outstanding writer.
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This man uses words like Michael Jordan played basketball at the height of his career. This book is both hysterical and heartbreaking. I have so many passages highlighted on my Kindle. It makes me believe in the beauty of the written word.
8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - I loved this book. It's another book with a magical realism thread weaving through it. It's also another book I've listened to on a long drive. It's amazing in every way. However, skip the movie. Eric Bana is beyond reckoning hot - but the book is so much better.
9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - I read this book prior to reading the final Harry Potter book. It's a book about sisterhood and twins. It's unsettling and a little creepy. However, the mixture of having a close sister and the experience of reading the last installment of the Harry Potter series, with the Weasley Twins being so prominent, really altered the way I feel about this book. It's one of the few in my top ten where my life circumstances and other readings have woven together with my overall experience with a book.
10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - A really beautiful book about a teenage girl's last day of life and her chances to make things right. Another book requiring a mass of tissues. Love it so much.
I'm sitting here feeling a little insignificant and completely overwhelmed by the inadequacy of my words in relation to this list of books. Reading is my first love. These ten books are a big part of that. They reflect almost 20 years of reading. I'm unsure I can do them any justice. I feel beyond blessed to have had the privilege to read every last one of them and so many more. They are a part of my soul. Until then...