I missed joining Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish last week because I was busy travelling with my family: to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe--wonderful! So I missed out on my Top Ten Favorite Book Covers, but all is not lost. My Top Ten All Time Favorite Books? Well, this is a lot more difficult that my favorite authors...this is what comes to mind (in no particular order):
1. Persuasion, Jane Austen--the gentle introspection of this book makes it my favorite of hers, although I enjoyed them all.
2. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy--more than the great story and historical references, I love how Tolstoy thinks. There are parts of the book that are discussion about war rather than story development, and while you could skip them and not miss any of the story, I loved those parts--it was like sitting with Tolstoy and having some great conversation.
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith--Just remarkable, personal, perfect. I loved it in high school, but my recent re-read was so much better
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee--so easy to appreciate on many different levels.
5. Song of the Lark, Willa Cather--not for the story necessarily, more for the amazing description of the development and cost of creativity and art.
6. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte--Gothic flavor without the loss of logic. I liked the more philosophical elements.
7. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell--even though she died before writing the ending, this girl is a good story teller.
8. Love is Eternal, Irving Stone--this has affected my perception of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Great biographical novel.
9. A Woman in White, Wilkie Collins--made me remember why I used to love mysteries. Top notch, lots of fun.
10. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole--one of those books with an irritating main character that you just can't stop reading about.