This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Freebie (Come up with your own topic! I might steal yours for a future TTT and credit you!). One of my favorite questions to ask book lovers to make them squirm is their top ten all-time favorite books. Most readers will complain they can’t pick just one favorite, so I at least give them wiggle room for ten books. Here are mine.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: If I must pick one book as my favorite book, I will always say The Hobbit. Full of adventure and fantastic characters, a compelling plot and wonderful world-building, The Hobbit is still one of the greatest fantasy books ever.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I’ve read this book multiple times and every time, it slays me. The setting, the characters, the story—all of it is brilliantly written and I can never get enough of it.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I’ve always loved Howl’s Moving Castle, but when I reread it last year, it completely blew me away. I fell in love with the story and characters all over again, and it will permanently stay on my all-time favorites list.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: Like Howl’s Moving Castle, I reread A Wrinkle in Time after many years and it enchanted me. I love the messages and themes woven throughout the adventure, and Meg Murry is one of the best female protagonist literature has to offer.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis: Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia book. I think the high-seas adventure aspects are amazing, but C.S. Lewis always manages to weave important truths alongside the story. And those truths between the pages of this particular volume touch my heart more than the other books. (Though, they all do in some way.)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables is one my most beloved stories because reading about these characters feels like coming home. Plus, Gilbert Blythe is hands down the best literary gentleman to exist.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: The magic of Peter Pan has always enthralled me, but I love the book as much as the play or any of the various movie adaptations. There is just something about the idea of never growing up, of fighting pirates and dancing with fairies, of flying with pixie dust that makes me feel like a child again.
Winnie-the-Pooh by. A.A. Milne: If I have to recommend one book to everybody in the world to read, I would pick Winnie-the-Pooh. Full of fun, ridiculous moments and a cast of lovable characters, I can’t imagine anybody could hate this book. Plus, it has a lot of profound thoughts hidden between the pages as well.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: I knew before reading The Name of the Wind how good this book would be. I just didn’t expect it to completely grip me to the point that I couldn’t believe after two months I had read all 700 pages! Filled with fantastic prose, intriguing characters, and world-building that stuns me, this fantasy book rose easily to my favorites list.
Bonus: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Some people would allow me to count Lord of the Rings as one book since Tolkien intended it to be one huge tome, but since other people would complain it’s three books, I decided not to include it in my top ten. If it’s allowed, it would probably replace The Name of the Wind. (Sorry, Rothfuss, you’d be number eleven!)