Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Books

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 storyโ€”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!)

Can you list your top ten all-time favorite books? Or maybe just a few favorites? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Books

  1. Great list! I love asking people what their favourite books are because I feel like it’s the perfect snapshot of the kind of reader they are and the kind of person they are, and it’s so fun. I love Howl’s Moving Castle and I’ve heard so many good things about The Scorpio Races that I need to check it out.

    The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison; Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Feed by Mira Grant; Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller; Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers are some of my favourites. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I love the idea of favorite books revealing a snapshot of the type of reader they are. That’s lovely.

      You should read the synopsis for The Scorpio Races and if it sounds like your type of book, you should definitely read it.

      And I love Six of Crows, too. I haven’t read your other favorites, but I like to know what other people love to read. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the best Narnia book. It has adventure, it has the good guys defeating evil, and it has a redemption arc. (Plus it has a dragon.)

    The Hobbit would be on my top ten, too. It and A Wrinkle in Time would probably compete for the top spot. I would (currently) include The Phantom Tollbooth, Summers at Castle Auburn, All Systems Red, LOTR (which totally can count as one book), and The Night Circus. (My list changes periodically based on what I’ve read recently.)

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    • Yes! I love Voyage for all those reasons.

      And I completely understand favorites list changing based on what’s been read recently. My changes as well, so I’m sure if I make a list a year from now the books would shift. There will always be some (like The Hobbit) that will always be on the list, though.

      And yes to The Night Circus. It’s fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I know Maggie Stiefvater from The Raven Cycle and I think she’s an amazing writer. I will read The Scorpio Races at some point. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorites too! Great list!

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    • Ahhh! I hope you like Howl’s Moving Castle! I love the story and characters. And I’m completely biased when it comes to Lord of the Rings, so I will always encourage people to read it if they love fantasy. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  4. I haven’t read many on your list but The Name of the Wind is one of my all time favorites as well. I just want more Patrick Rothfuss, please! I still have to start the sequel but I’m excited to do a re-read of this one before picking that up ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Great list!

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    • I’m reading the sequel now! For the most part, I like it but some parts do feel like they are dragging. I think I like The Name of the Wind better, but I’ll wait until I’m finished to truly make a decision.

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. AH! You have such good taste in books. Quite a few of these would be on my list too! The only one I have yet to read is The Name of the Wind but I’m going to get to it eventually! It’s been on my TBR for so long. Anyways, I love that you did a countdown of your ten favourite books. I’m definitely one of those people who’d require that wiggle room when listing. I’m so indecisive, I would be flip flopping on the number one spot if it were only the one haha! Great picks, for real.

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    • I flip flopped on a lot too as I narrowed down my list. I’d probably be able to do like a top 20 or 25, no problem. But it’d still be difficult because of series (do I count them all?) and more. There are so many good books!

      But I’m glad you like most of these, and I hope you enjoy The Name of the Wind when you finally have a chance to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚


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