THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF ALL TIME, ACCORDING TO ME 📚

Another list I am pulling from my drafts folder! Inspired by @ListPrompts. First of all, I hate superlatives. Let's just say that these are 10 books I love and am thinking of at this particular moment in time. (I don't want to hurt the feelings of any books... 😂) Themes I apparently love based on this list: friendship, faith, family, womanhood.
  1. 1.
    The Poisonwood Bible
    This is a book that will make you think hard about your faith and its impact on the culture and individuals around you. It's also about our families of origin and how we fit into them, move beyond them, and allow them to impact (or try NOT to allow them to impact) our choices in life.
  2. 2.
    The Chosen
    Set in NY, it follows the unlikely friendship of two Jewish boys at the outbreak of WWII. A wonderful story about faith, friendship, family, and how we reconcile the three. Potok is an excellent storyteller.
  3. 3.
    Pride & Prejudice
    Duh.
  4. 4.
    Bridge to Terebithia
    Proof that children's literature can address life's most heartbreaking accidents in a manner appropriate to children, and SHOULD do so. Even more rich and weighty when you read it as an adult. A beautiful portrait of friendship gained and lost.
  5. 5.
    Charlotte's Web
    My favorite children's book. We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Charlotte.
  6. 6.
    Little Women
    I don't know if I love this book specifically as much as I love this STORY in general, because I love the movie (the Winona Ryder version, of course) even more than the book. I think this book provides an interesting perspective of the American transcendentalist movement, too, which I love. I think Josephine March made me want to be a writer, and she certainly makes me want to be a better sister.
  7. 7.
    Traveling Mercies
    There seem to be few books out there about faith that ANYONE can relate to and enjoy, but this is certainly one. The lessons I have pulled from this book are many. All hail Ann Lamott.
  8. 8.
    East of Eden
    Again: faith and family and where they take us. Steinbeck is a master storyteller (though admittedly, there's a lot of Steinbeck I haven't read). I sometimes flip through this book just to reread my favorite passages. (SIDE NOTE: Where did my copy of this book go?! It's not on my bookshelf. 😭)
  9. 9.
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    I am rereading this as we speak. Smith's writing is lovely. I remember exactly what I wrote in my journal when I finished reading this book during fall of my sophomore year of college: "Some books make me want to be a writer, and other books help me believe I can be." A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the latter.
  10. 10.
    All the Light We Cannot See
    I just finished this novel, and it is a masterpiece. The writing is phenomenal, and I love the way he skillfully intertwines love, history, science, and technology. I love WWII fiction, but I can wholeheartedly say that this is the first book that ever made me sympathize with a Nazi.