My Favorite Books

I love books! I don’t go anywhere without one and I have said, “I feel naked without a book.”

This week (April 8-14, 2012) is National Library Week, I thought to celebrate I would post my thoughts on my favorite books, authors, and experiences at the library. As an opening gambit, I am going to list my ten favorite novels and non-fiction books. I am not going to list the Bible, not because I don’t it, but because I am listing modern books.

First, a few quotes about reading.

William Faulkner: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

Stephen King: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

John Steinbeck: “I guess there are never enough books.”

My Ten Favorite Novels


1. The Dark Tower Series, Stephen King

2. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

3. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

4. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

6. The Stand, Stephen King

7. Fluke, Christopher Moore

8. Life of Pi, Yann Martel

9. The World According to Garp, John Irving

10. Salems’ Lot, Stephen King

My Ten Favorite Non-Fiction Books


1. The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning

2. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

3. The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard

4. On Writing, Stephen King

5. The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged. Robert Frost

6. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris

7. Jesus Wants to Save Christians, Rob Bell

8. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley

9. Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller

10. Thank God For Evolution, Michael Dowd


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