My Top 10 Books Of All Time

My numbering them does not make one book more important than another. And although I love books on esoteric subjects and mysteries of the world and our universe.. I’ve excluded them from this list. These are the 10 fictional books I would try rescuing from a fire…

1. Green Mansions (William Henry Hudson) – It is a story that takes some twists and turns, ultimately proving that loss can make a person do really horrible things, even though  in some ways they feel justified. Rima is one of my favorite characters on this planet. If I ever figure out where she’s hiding, I’m marrying her.

2. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) – This is a book that was so amazing and heart felt, that it made me an instant fan and I had to read more. A tale of friendship, pain, growing up, class distinctions, and the mystery of life. A treasure.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) – For two of this guy’s books to have made it on my top 10 when I have read so many books in my lifetime, you know it has to be good. If you are a man, you may appreciate what it is to be a woman in the middle east. The story is filled with tragedy and is centered around the time that the Taliban took over.. an amazing story.

4. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) – While I don’t believe all the hype surrounding the author, this book is as much a guide book to living well as it is a tale of how wondrous and mysterious our universe is. The bonus is that while it weaves the magic, it allows you to think about how to apply it to your own life. 

5. The Shack (William P. Young) – Recommended to me on a plane. A life changer. This is a book that can manage to do something most religions cannot do, which is explain free will, how god interacts with people, and why forgiveness is such an important part of life. And the story itself is incredible. After a man’s daughter is brutally murdered, the man receives an invitation from God to chat with him at the very place where she was murdered. Unbelievably good.

6. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) – This book is narrated by Death. So that in itself is pretty good, and when Death takes particular interest in telling the story of a young German girl and her family during WWII, well, it is a recipe for huge emotions. And it does not disappoint. Makes you remember what it was like to be a child.

7. The Dark Tower (Stephen King) – There was something about Roland that made me like him. For one thing, if he needs to, he can shoot up an entire town, for another, he is not moved by fear. His adventure in these books (it’s a series) is one that you will never forget. such an influential and master work. Say true and thankya, Sai. 

8. Weaveworld (Clive Barker) – I love Clive. But this one, this novel, is his masterwork. This is an adventure into horror, madness, the mystery of angels and demons and so much more. A carpet that was woven to protect an entire world from being destroyed is unwoven.. by very unlikely characters. You will love this book.

9. The Lotus Caves (John Christopher) – An easy read and simple Sci-Fi story at first glance. Two boys living on a moon base discover that an alien plant has lived hidden on the moon for a long time… but the real story lies in the debate of being given everything you ever wanted, so long as you give up your free will. Excellent read. 

10. The Land Of Dreams (James P. Blaylock) – A Carnival comes in to town on a strange train. Giant Shoes and glasses wash up on the shore, and mutant fish that seem almost human cry in pain.. and a cast a of characters that will leave you feeling as though you were really there in the middle of all of it. I love this book.