As the year end nears, I’m seeing the annual crop of ‘Best Of’ lists.  As a lifelong avid reader, I have more faves than the number of ants on the planet. But I’ve spent some time, wrangling them into a few categories (it’s amazing what you’ll do, NOT to write).

I reserve the right to add to the list when I slap my head and remember more.

It was hard enough to narrow these down, so don’t ask me to put them in order. I’d never get any writing done!  So here they are in no particular order –

 

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Top 5 ‘desert island books’ – ones I’d want in my suitcase in case I’m stranded.

  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  • King’s Oak – Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Marjorie Morningstar – Herman Wouk
  • South of Broad – Pat Conroy
  • The Stand – Stephen King

 

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Top Historical books

  • Last Woman Standing – Thelma Adams
  • Letters from Home – Kristina McMorris
  • Camden Summer – LaVyrle Spencer
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • Centennial – James Michener (I could have listed almost any of his here)

 

 

 

 

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Top Romance Books

  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
  • Coyote Dream – Jessica Davis Stein
  • Camden Summer – LaVyrle Spencer

 

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Top Horror Books

  • Boy’s Life – Robert McGammon
  • The Stand – Stephen King
  • The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  • The Boys of Brazil – Ira Levin
  • The Fireman – Joe Hill

                                 Just know that this list could have been pages long

 

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Top Women’s Fiction

  • The Perfect Son – Barbara Claypole White
  • The Sleeping Night – Barbara Samuel
  • Virgin River – Robyn Carr
  • Solomon’s Oak – JoAnn Mapson
  • Walk Me Home – Catherine Ryan Hyde

                             This one was a killer to hold to 5, too

 

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Top Non-fiction

  • Me – Katherine Hepburn
  • Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
  • No One Gets Out Alive – Jerry Hopkins
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Ron Hansen

 

 

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Top General/Uncategorized – Not keeping myself to 5 here, because I can’t.

  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • A Time to Kill – James Grisham
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Island – Richard Laymon
  • Timeline – Michael Crichton
  • Malevil – Robert Merle
  • A Gift Upon the Shore – M.K. Wren
  • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • Traveller – Richard Adams

 

Are any of your favorites on my lists? What ones did I miss?

 

 

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