Everyone is always posting lists on the Internet. The Top 10 this or the Top 100 that. You can probably find a Top Something list for everything if you search hard enough. So, when somebody asked me the other day to list my favorite books, I went to work. And, work it was. Coming up with a list of favorites can be almost as daunting as writing a book. After all, there are SO many good books out there. It's difficult to select a few to be called My Top Ten. I've read a lot of great books in my day, and the list of ones that I truly enjoyed goes on and on.
However, after much deliberation and thought, here is my list of my Top Ten Favorite Books.
1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This book is considered by many to be Agatha Christie's greatest triumph. And, it is not surprising considering how artfully plotted this tale is. It's the perfect mystery. Ten people, each with their own dark secret, stranded on an isolated island, and an unseen executioner stalking them all. It doesn't get any better than that.
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
What has always drawn me to this book is how it seems more relevant today than it did in 1953. It is uncanny how some of the future Bradbury wrote about seems to have come true. I've read it several times, and it never ceases to amaze me.
3. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
This was the book that introduced me to Pratchett's Discworld, and it opened my eyes to a whole new series of entertaining books that never fails to thrill me.
4. Columbine by Dave Cullen
This non-fiction book about the school shooting at Columbine is well-researched and meticulously written. Not only does it provide a detailed account of the days surrounding the shooting, but it also dispels numerous "legends" that grew out of the chaos following the events of that fateful day.
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This has been a favorite from my childhood, that I still love even to this day. Douglas Adams' hilarious science fiction adventure about the hapless Arthur Dent remains
6. The Saint in New York by Leslie Charteris
Although not the first in the Saint series, this book is all classic Saint. It is dark, gritty, and an action-packed adventure worthy of the Brighter Buccaneer, Simon Templar.
7. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The first time I read this book, I laughed all the way through. The second time, I again laughed all the way through. Mary Roach has a way of finding the most inane parts of science and documenting it with hilarious results. Her side comments on serious topics can make anything seem funny.
8. Moonraker by Ian Fleming
Why Hollywood didn't stick to the original book when making the James Bond film of the same name is a mystery to me. This is my favorite Ian Fleming original, and well worth reading.
9. The Truth by Terry Pratchett
It may seem unfair to have another Terry Pratchett book on my list, but this tale of Ankh-Morpork's first newspaper is a classic, and comes complete with a talking dog and an assassin who censors his own cursing.
10. The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung
This is probably the most obscure book on my list, and I would be surprised if many people have heard of it. Written in 1899, it was Hornung's tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. This collection of short stories features A.J. Raffles, a gentleman thief, and his unwitting partner, Bunny.
There you have it. My Top Ten Favorite Books. Ask me again next year, and it might have all changed. Well, some of them might. Did any of my favorites end up in your list? Leave a comment with your thoughts.