Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top 50 Books

The other day Heather posted her top 50 books.  I decided to post my top fifty list.  I tried to type the books as they came to mind.  So here they are in random order and straight from my brain to blog: 


 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald


Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Frost in May by Antonia White
A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A Few Figs from Thistles by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Transformations by Anne Sexton
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Howards End by E.M. Forster
The Collected Short Stories of Elizabeth Bowen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
The Corner that Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Swans on an Autumn River by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Germinal by Emile Zola
Count Magnus and Other Short Stories by M.R. James
Nothing Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
Drood by Dan Simmons
Affinity by Sarah Waters
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Some Ether: Poems by Nick Flynn
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Armadale by Wilkie Collins

8 comments:

Ruthiella said...

I would be hard-pressed to name my top 50 favorite books. But I love lists and you have mentioned many of my favorites (anything by Sarah Waters, Drood, We Have Always Lived in the Castle), I would choose Martin Chuzzelwit over Bleak House or Little Dorrit. I think that Bleak House is a better book, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Martin Chuzzelwit, since it is the first Dickens I read. I would also pick The Woman in White over the Moonstone and P&P or Emma over Persuasion.

Susan in TX said...

I think I just felt something in my brain snap. Great list, but I don't think I could make one...50 top books...off to ponder that while I cook supper. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

JoAnn said...

We have very similar reading tastes... I MUST read The Bell Jar.

Andi said...

LOVE the list! I'm making one for Heather right now and may steal a few titles from your list. :D

AJJ said...

It's always interesting to see how our tastes intertwine. We enjoy the same authors but often choose very different books. I'm glad to see In This House of Brede included. I was harrassing you for a reason!

Amanda said...

@Ruthiella I need to bump Martin up the Charles Dickens Reading List

@Susan that is why I had to type fast and not over-analyze. LOL!

JoAnn -- the Bell Jar is marvelous

Andi -- DO IT!!!!

AJJ -- we are total reading power twins. but you already knew that. ;-)

Heather said...

I knew your list would kick ass and it DID! Woot! Thanks for this, I'm going to be going by it a lot this coming year. :D

Jillian said...

I can't wait to read so many of the books you have listed here! I keep a rankings page of everything I've read so far at my blog, so I guess the top fifty are my top fifty. But I haven't read enough for it to be a really definitive list. I think #50 is a book about literary theory -- hardly something that will remain in my top fifty once I have read more! :)