Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Top Ten Books

This is all due to Mark trying to come up with a list of ten books and making me think about mine.

So after quite a lot of thinking, and some blatant cheating by creating a separate childrens list, here is my top ten...I mean twenty.

Adults Books

1. Skallagrigg – William Horwood
2. 1984 – George Orwell
3. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
4. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
5. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
6. Thornyhold – Mary Stewart
7. The Eight – Katherine Neville
8. Omega – Stewart Farrar
9. The Probable Future – Alice Hoffman
10. American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Childrens Books

1. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien.
2. Fire and Hemlock – Diana Wynne Jones
3. Saffy’s Angel/Indigo’s Star/Permanent Rose – Hilary McKay (separate links here)
4. Green Angel – Alice Hoffman
5. Linnets and Valerians – Elizabeth Goudge
6. A Hat Full of Sky – Terry Pratchett
7. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
8. Dogger – Shirley Hughes
9. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
10. Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen – Garth Nix

I know I've also cheated by including series', but they are ones where the whole series has changed me. I'm sure that when Caddy Ever After gets published it will be added in there too, and Wintersmith also stands a chance.

(I'll add some more links to my list tomorrow when I'm not so sleepy!)


MarkFarley said...

Lol, did you really get to linking 2 of the books to Amazon and give up...?

Man that's so lazy....

It's true though, you make 10 and you end up thinking of 15 and then 20 but then I have insisted that for the book I will only review a Top 10... xx

Kate said...

Yup, very lazy but I was so tired! Still am.

I also hate just linking to Amazon, I want to link them all to review pages that actually tell you about the book rather than just try to sell it to you.

Then I shall put it on my website so that it's saved until next time I decide to rewrite it.

overnighteditor said...

Blimey, I've only read four of your twenty books (two Tolkeins, the Orwell and the Heinlein).

Nice list though, at least the ones I know of.

Michelle said...

I love that there was a children's list as well. Children's books are so often overlooked. I adore Alice Hoffman and the Old Kingdom Trilogy!

MarkFarley said...

I always thought "Dogger" was a rather unfortunate title for a children's book.

Shirley Hughes will be appearing at The Bookseller to the Stars in September.