Authors’ Top Ten Books

I found my way to toptenbooks and was happily surprised to find that J Peder Zane, editor of The Top Ten – Writers Pick their Favourite Books, has posted the top ten favourite books of a large selection of authors.  I particularly like to see what authors are reading and which books are their favourites.  This is a good way to find new authors to read.

For your enjoyment I have included only a small collection of authors’ favourite books – for the rest of the list go over to the toptenbooks website.  I found that some of my favourite books are on Jodi Picoult’s list; Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a book I treasure and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger is by far the most beautiful, realistic and well written love story.


Top Ten List for Michael Connelly

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Day of the Locusts by Nathanael West
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  7. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. The Public Burning by Robert Coover
  10. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain


Top Ten List for Alice Hoffman

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. The Stories of Grace Paley by Grace Paley
  9. Fahrenheit 451 by Raymond Bradbury
  10. Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm


Top Ten List for Stephen King

  1. The Golden Argosy by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson, editors
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  4. McTeague by Frnk Norris
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  6. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
  9. Light in August by William Faulkner
  10. Blood Merdian by Cormac McCarthy


Top Ten List for Joyce Carol Oates

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  4. The Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  5. The Stories of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
  6. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  7. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
  8. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
  9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


Top Ten List for Jodi Picoult

  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  5. Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman
  6. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger
  8. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


If you enjoyed these few lists then you might very well want to buy the book The Top Ten edited by J Peder Zane in which case follow the link:


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