Top Ten Books

There are many ways to slant a top ten list, but this is my straight up Top Ten Books list (arranged alphabetically by author):

1. Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

2. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

3. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

4. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

6. On Writing by Stephen King

7. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. Mila 18 by Leon Uris

10. Trinity by Leon Uris

While no individual title by C.S. Lewis has cracked the list (I have yet to acquire Allegory of Love, so it may still happen), his collected works are certainly among my favorites.


2 Responses to “Top Ten Books”

  1. William Chelmsford Says:

    I’m not sure numbers 9 and 10 qualify as good books.


    The Bridge at San Luis Rey by Wilder or one Hundred years of Soltitude by Marquez.

  2. William,

    Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. I’m aware that public opinion varies regarding the works of Leon Uris, but these two books are on my list because of what they mean to me as an individual. All rankings are open to debate, so I welcome your comment. Furthermore, I confess that I haven’t read the two books you suggested, so I’m unable to rank them at this time. I have found a new contender, however (see today’s post), so I will have to remove an old favorite to make room for a new one.

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