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business-3240766_1920I can’t believe it’s been already four years since I begun blogging! Time has gone by so fast! Four years ago, I wrote a blog post called My Top Ten Favorite Books. Recently, I decided to reread some of my old posts. When I looked over my list, I was so surprised by my taste in books four years ago. Although I chose some excellent books (Jane Eyre is still at the top of my list), my taste in books has expanded as I got older. Four years from now, who knows which books will make their way onto my list!

My top 10 Favorite Books from 2015…

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
  4. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (I know that they are two distinct books, but I couldn’t choose one over the other… don’t make me choose…)
  7. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and his Boy by C.S Lewis
  9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë

The first thing you will notice when you see this list, most of these books are either for young adults or children. There are a few classics scattered into the list, but this gives you an idea that my favorite books were usually young adult fantasy/sci-fi with some romance.

And now, here is my list from 2019…

  1.  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre
Unless I come across a novel that surpasses Jane Eyre (I have yet to find one), it will always be at the top of my list. When I began reading Jane Eyre, I felt an instant connection with Jane, and how Charlotte Brontë uses language to bring her story to life. It was a phenomenal experience reading Jane Eyre. I actually own 3 copies.

2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights

My second favorite novel also hasn’t changed. What I admire most about Emily Bronte’s novel is her sense of characterization and her narrative structure. Not only is she clever and understands the psyche of her characters, she draws out these extreme passions into a turbulent love story. How I adore Wuthering Heights!

3. Acide Sulfurique – Amelie Nothomb
Acide sulfurique

Since I created my list, I discovered the works of Belgian author, Amelie Nothomb. I fell in love with her books. As for Acide Sulfurique, it wasn’t a matter of falling in love, rather, it seems that I have found a novel that summarizes the dangers mass media in the 21st century. Acide Sulfurique is a horrificly appalling and gripping novel.

4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I came across the works of Haruki Murakami by chance. I began to realize that all of the novels I had read were either from authors born in Canada, U.S.A , United Kingdom, Australia, France, Russia, Germany, or other European countries. I had never read a novel by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America. At the time, I was learning basic Japanese, so I decided to begin expanding my horizons by reading a novel by a Japanese author. While researching for famous Japanese authors, I found Haruki Murakami. I chose his novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for its odd title. I have never read anything that compares to this book. It’s so odd, but wonderful. I can’t explain it properly. If an abstract painting were a book, it would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (if that makes sense).

5. Anna and the Swallow Man – Gavriel Savit
Anna and the Swallow Man
Like many of the amazing books I have read, I usually find them by chance. I borrowed Anna and the Swallow Man from the library without reading the synopsis. I was hooked. I really want to read it again someday.

6. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl

I just love Rainbow Rowell’s books so much. She creates ordinary (but realistic) characters who are so loveable and relatable. When I read Fangirl, I saw myself in Cather. It was eerie. But, that’s not why I love Fangirl so much. Sometimes you come across a book that you just needed to read at the right time. For me, that book was Fangirl.

7. Harry Potter (Books 1 – 7) – J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I know I picked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as my favorite book from the Harry Potter series. Now, I just can’t pick one book. I love the entire series so much. When I was a kid, I remember wondering if I would still love Harry Potter once I was an adult. No need to wonder anymore, I think I will continue to love the Harry Potter books forever!

8. The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone – Adele Griffin
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

There are some books that will linger in your mind long after you have finished it. For me, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, was that book. I marveled over the blend of artwork and text. And, I spent a lot of time pondering over how we perceive celebrities.

9. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenin

I was too young to appreciate Anna Karenina when I read it. Instead of thinking about the characters and the plotline, I was overly concerned with the task of completing a huge novel. I would love to reread Anna Karenina again, especially the ending where Levin receives an epiphany about life.

10. The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Need I say more?

One thing I realized when trying to come up with a list of ten of my favorite books, my taste in books will continually evolve. I think one of the reasons why we have a favorite book (or favorite books) is because the book (or books) speak to us in some way. Maybe we see ourselves or our lives in a character. Maybe we enjoy the flow of the words on the page. Or maybe, there is something even deeper still.

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What are your favorite books? Do we have any favorite books in common? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Until Next Time,

-Alice