My Top 10 Must Read Books

Books have always played an important role in my life. There is something about the written word. I am so drawn to character-driven novels that make you feel like you are right there with the characters- feeling, experiencing, wanting- right alongside of them. With all the Christmas buying I've been doing recently, I couldn't help but think about the books that have meant the most to me throughout my life...

1) The Help by Kathryn Stockett- Yes, it's popular and it was turned into a just as popular movie. But it's popular for a reason! This book was such a fantastic read- I literally read it in a day because I couldn't bring myself to put it down. That hasn't happened in a long time.

2) The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill- I've talk about it before, but this hands down my favourite read of all time. Lawrence Hill knows how to weave a tale that is equal parts fascinating, gripping and intriguing. I don't think there is a person who would not enjoy this book.

3) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- I was forced to read this for a Canadian lit class in University. It was the best book I've ever read for school...and continues to speak to me in a way that most books cannot. I think, in our ever tech-loving world, this book rings more and more true.

4) Animal Farm by George Orwell- Classic and amazing. I cried when it ended...mostly because I didn't want it to be done. Of all the books on my list, I think I've re-read this one the most.

5) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- This book was heavy. Yet amazing. Another author who is able to draw you in and keep you attached to the characters and their journey throughout the entire novel.

6) The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella- Whatever, it is a great, light series that is fun to read. We all need to have a bit of fun with literature and this delivers (the movie is brutal though, so just read and enjoy the book).

7) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- I am so attracted to beautiful stories that are character driven. This fits the bill. 

8) The Birth House by Ami McKay- I need to re-read this because I can't remember all the details, but I remember LOVING this book so much. I'm pretty sure I called it "a rare treasure" when describing it to a friend so, ya, I loved it.

9) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown- I'll be honest, this is not my favourite genre but I was so drawn in by the tightly woven story with twists and turns at every corner. My husband loved it too, so that says something!

10) The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn- When I was a teen I was addicted to this series. It's Christian-based, following the life of Christy Miller as she navigates being a teen and what it means to find yourself and who you want to be.

What would you add to the list?


  1. "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

  2. I've read all except two of these. I havn't read The Kite Runner or Animal Farm. Handmaid's Tale would probably also be in my top 10. Rilla of Ingleside would also be there (the 8th and last book of the Anne of Green Gables series.)

  3. Ruth (aka "Grandma")December 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    I'm reading "The Help" right now...hmmm...I think it's borrowed from you! I'm really really enjoying it!

  4. @Sarah- That book was SO CLOSE to making my list!!
    @Cindy- I love all Anne books- such a beautiful series!

  5. Ooooo, I've read a handful of the books on your list. I really want to read Water For Elephants.

    I'm currently 2/3 of the way through Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is breaking my heart, but I cannot put it down. I'm going to need something fluffy after this one. Perhaps a Shopaholic book will do.

    Thanks for the post. I'm always on the hunt for amazing books.

  6. I read some really good in my Trauma literature class this semester, never thought much about graphic novels but "Maus" by Art Spieglman was great and I'm really liking the author J.M. Coetzee I've read a few of his, "the life and times of Michael K" and "disgraced" also liked "tuesday's with morrie" and "the butterfly effect"

  7. I read the Help on the plane to Morocco this fall, it was very good, I saw the movie on the way home, equally as good (they changed it up a bit to the book). I had wanted to pick up the Book of Negros, but was concerned that people who didn't know anything about it might take offense (in Morroco!). I am just reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown; the detail is really overwhelming, but I am persevering. DaVinci Code was way better!

  8. Secret Daughter and for pure guilty pleasure reading, anything by Harlan Coben.

  9. @ Eva- you will not regret reading The Book of Negroes (but yes, it is an uncomfortable book to read in front of people who don't understand what the book is about)

    @Sharon- I haven't read anything by Harlan Coben...heading to the library today & will try to grab a book!!

  10. oooh thanks for the list! Looks like a got some reading to do in 2012... I loved Kite Runner. As for me, anything by Emily Griffin (ie. "Something Borrowed", "Baby Proof") - gets my nod of approval and gets read in 2 days... she's my guilty pleasure.

  11. @Sara- I love Emily Griffin too!!!!!!

  12. I LOVE Lawrence Hill. Any Known Blood is also awesome.


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