Top 10 All-Time Favorites

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Shanah @ Bionic Book WormEach week, she posts a new topic and gives us all a chance to respond.   This week’s top 5 is actually a top 10: Top 10 All-time Favorites. Here are mine!

I’ve talked about Beauty by Robin McKinley many time before. After all these years, it’s still my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling of all time. There’s just something so soothing and beautiful about this book. I love the characters and the plot and just everything about it.

Another book by Robin McKinley, Outlaws of Sherwood was my introduction to Robin Hood (outside of the Disney movie). I mean, Prince of Thieves came out around the same time I read the book, so I knew who Robin Hood was, but I didn’t see the movie until many years later. I guess, this was my literary introduction to Robin Hood, and it remains a favorite. It has everything I want: a noble hero with a bit of a temper, colorful side characters, my all-time favorite trope, and people who are in love with each other but don’t admit it out of a misguided sense of nobility. I love it.

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire is my all-time favorite Star Wars book. There’s nothing about this book I don’t love. The characterization of the movie-characters is spot-on. The villain is terrifying and brilliant and set the standard for all villains for me. The new characters, especially Mara Jade and Talon Karrde, are so interesting, I could read novels devoted to just them. It reawakened my love for Star Wars and got me creative in a way only a few books had ever done for me in before.

I have to confess: I saw the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice before I read the book, but I just couldn’t get into it until I could properly visualize the characters. Once I had an idea of the language in my head, I was able to read it and I’ve loved the book ever since. I also have to confess that I’ve never been as in love with Darcy as the rest of the world is; to me, the book is all about Elizabeth Bennett and how awesome she is. Darcy is just the cherry on top of all that awesomeness.

Persuasion is one that sort of snuck up on me. I was in my twenties when I reread this, and I appreciated it so much more than I had originally. And when I got to Wentworth’s letter to Anne, I just melted and fell in love.

I only fell in love with Northanger Abbey a few years ago, but I love it so much, I had to include it. Catherine is just so funny and so real. I love how she’s romantic and dreamy, but when she’s tested, she’s able to get through hard times. I love her family and how supportive they are of her. And I love the sarcastic and charming Henry Tilney. It’s just a delightful book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book in the Harry Potter series. I liked Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, but the expansion of the world in PoA just got to me. I loved the Marauders and the map. I loved Remus Lupin when he was introduced and his relationship with Harry. It was just a great book.

Lady of the Forest was a book I discovered in college at the library. I was about halfway through when I ran out and bought it for myself, because I loved it that much. It was a Marian-centric retelling of Robin Hood and I loved the Marian it gave me. I also loved Robin, who was suffering of PTSD after being a prisoner of war for many years. It was just so, so good.

I was very much into pirates and age of sail stories when I was a kid, so True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle felt like it was written for me. It’s not about pirates, but it is about a girl who finds herself on a ship where the crew is being oppressed by a cruel captain. She finds herself in the middle of the conflict and eventually must choose a side. I love Charlotte and wish Avi had written more of her adventures.

I got into Star Trek: The Next Generation in high school when I watched the same episode four times in one week and thought, “This is good. I should see another episode.” I was a huge superfan and spent hours and hours watching, reading, and writing about Star Trek. Peter David was my favorite author and Q was my favorite recurring character. This book is perfect. It is so good, I wish they had filmed it as the final episode instead of All Good Things (or, at least, in addition to). I’ve read it over twenty times and will probably read it another twenty in my lifetime. (Well, maybe not that much, but you get the idea).

So, those are my top 10 favorite books of all time. What are some of yours? Drop me a comment below and let me know!