Top ten(ish) books of all time

Yesterday I was talking about books with @mollybmom  on Twitter.  She has made a comment that she hadn’t taken me for a fantasy buff.  In the book conversations, I often mention that the particular book being discussed were “definitely part of my top ten ever.”  I said that to Jana during this conversation.  It got me thinking…  If I had to make a definitive list, which books would actually made the cut?  I tried to make a top 10 list, but decided to expand my definition to count series as only one choice in the top ten.  Here is what I came up with, in no particular order.

1 – Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

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2 – The Drangonlance Chronicles by Tracey Hickman and Margaret Weis

02 DragonsofAutumnTwilight_1984original

02 DragonsofSpringDawning_original

02 Dragons_of_Winter_Night_cover



3 – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

03 The Hunger Games

03 Catching Fire

03 Mockingjay


4 – The Deprivers by Steven-Elliott Altman

04 The Deprivers


 5 – The Harper Hall Trilogy by  Anne McCaffrey

05 Dragonsong

05 Dragonsinger

05 Dragondrums


6 – The Icewind Dale Trilogy by RA Salvatore

06 The Crystal Shard

06 Streams of Silver

06 The Halfling's Gem


7 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

07 Little Women


8 – The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry

08 The Giver

08 Gathering Blue

08 Messenger


9 – The 39 Clues Series by Various Authors

09 1 The_Maze_of_Bones

09 2 One_False_Note

09 3 Sword_thief_cover

09 4 Beyond_the_Grave

09 5 The_Black_Circle

09 6 In_Too_Deep_cover

09 7 The Viper's Nest

09 8 The Emperor's Code

09 9 Storm_Warning_cover

09 10 Into_the_Gauntlet_cover


10 – The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

10 1 Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone

10 2 Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets

10 3 Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban

10 4 Harry_Potter_and_the_Goblet_of_Fire

10 5 Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix

10 6 Harry_Potter_and_the_Half-Blood_Prince

10 7 Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows


Do you have any recommendations that might change my mind???  Please share!

5 thoughts on “Top ten(ish) books of all time

  1. Jamie…Our conversation led me to some serious reflection about teaching,learning, and the power of the written word. Being given the opportunity to share, connect, and collaborate around reading is by far the most genuine way to continue to be a life long learner.

    Not to mention I made a mental list of allmy favorites I wanted to share!

    Thanks for the inspiration and opportunity to reflect.

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  3. Those are some great choices. I am trying to think what would be in my top choices for fantasy…probably Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments (by Cassandra Clare), Stephen Lawhead’s Pendragon Series, and Redwall by Brian Jacques, The Hunger Games of course, and need to think of 3 more..

  4. Great list. Surely a few books I’d like to pick up. Thanks!

    I noticed you left out George R.R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire. Have you read this series yet? Absolutely amazing.

    The others I would add to the list are Stephen King’s Gunslinger series and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

    I just added you on twitter, look forward to connecting and learning together!