Today’s Top Books

One of the bloggers I follow posted a list of “Books You MUST Read” today, and it got me all excited thinking about my favorite books. So I decided to steal his idea. (Thanks, John!) Granted, my list of favorite books changes daily depending on what books come to mind, but that just means I can do this post more than once! Isn’t that great? So here’s my list of top five . . . or seven . . . or maybe ten. We’ll see. No particular order of greatness, just lots of love for every book.

1. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. This is my most recent great read, and I think I’ve already mentioned it on here once or twice. I’m reading it aloud with my husband right now, and it has gotten us to laugh so hard we have to pause the reading more than once. It also got me to cry—actual tears rolling down, not just tearing up—which is quite an accomplishment. I think only one other book has accomplished that. Which is . . .

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I love this book. I love the sisterhood, I love the goofy awkwardness, I love Professor Bhaer (possibly even more so since I married a German professor). The Pickwick Papers crack me up every time.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, since we’re getting into the classics. My sister bought me this when I was about thirteen, and it is one of my favorite books ever. Also, did you know there’s a musical of it? I’m kind of obsessed with musicals, guys. Good ones. And that one is good.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is one that I think every writer ever should read, just because the method of storytelling is fascinating. Colors and picture books and Death—it’s good stuff. It is a Holocaust novel, though, so you’ve got to be in the right mood to read it.

5. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. I—love—Sage. In fact, that’s all I’m going to say, because I think I need to devote an entire post to praising The Ascendance Trilogy.

6. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve read by Jerry Spinelli, but I think Stargirl tops the list.

7. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. I know, I’m kind of breaking custom here by including a play in my list of novels, but plays are people too! I had a group of friends in college who would get together and read plays together once a week, and this is one we read. It is hilarious. The word play, the goofy characters, the mockery of drama—if you’re going to read a play, read this one.

Okay, I’ll stop at seven because that’s a nice, not-round number. What are your favorites? I’m always on the lookout for a great book.

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