Saturday, November 8, 2008

Top 5 Books

I've been watching High Fidelity this afternoon, which always puts me in the mood to make Top 5 lists. Since I just posted an entry about this ridiculously long book that I just finished, why don't we do this: What are your Top 5 books of all time. Don't think too much about categories. Just answer the question at its most basic level. What are the five books that you have enjoyed the most? Understanding that mine is a list that is in a constant state of change, here are the five books that I would list today:

1) The Catcher In The Rye (J.D. Salinger)

2) Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)

3) A Man In Full (Tom Wolfe)

4) Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (Chuck Klosterman)

5) Velvet Elvis (Rob Bell)

Of course, I could go on for days about books that I have enjoyed and would recommend that are not on this list (as previous entries of this blog would prove), but in the spirit of the post, we'll keep at five.

So, let's hear it. What are your top 5 favorite books?

5 comments:

mm jw said...

Hmm. After much thought, here are my 5 favorite books (in no particular order):
ABUNDANT LIVING by E. Stanley Jones
BLUE LIKE JAZZ by Donald Miller (thanks for introducing me!)
CHRISTY by Catherine Marshall
MERE CHRISTIANITY by C.S. Lewis
THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by Agatha Christie

I enjoyed having to think through this.

P.S. I've started James Michener books and haven't finished. They're good, yes. I'm impressed that you finished that one.

Wil Carmack said...

tough question...

1)The Hobbit -J.R.R. Tolkien
2)Watchmen - Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons
3) Coraline - Neil Gaiman
4)The Giver - Lois Lowry
5)Soon I will Be Invincible -Austin Grossman

hmm, i need to read more.

laura said...

hm. off the top of my head (and in no particular order )...

Mere Christianity (i need to read it again)
The Birth of Venus -Sarah Dunant
The Tale of the Unknown Island -Jose Saramago
The Unbearable Lightness of Being -Milan Kundera
In Whose Image? --i forget. but i have it

so that's the list for today

Bailey Jo said...

I'm also not sure about the order of mine, but...

1) Life of Pi- Yann Martel
2) Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
3) Harry Potter (whole series)- JK Rowling
4) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl- Harriet Jacobs
5) The Odyssey/ Frankenstein/ Catcher in the Rye/ Twilight series

(well, of course I was going to cheat)

By the way, are you a black coffee drinker? If you read my post, you'll understand why I ask.

April said...

Same Kind of Different as Me, Harry Potter Series, Gone with the Wind, Traveling Mercies, and Donald Miller (not picking one).

i didn't know you liked catcher in the rye! I think I have a crush on Holden. Except that wouldn't be a very healthy relationship, would it?