Musing Monday (April 19)

Musing Mondays2 Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the ‘best’ books'.

Last week I had you all to suggest your top 5 books – and I was surprised by just how different all your choices were! There’s no real question this week, except to look over the list and consider it. Do you agree with the choices? Is it more worth of a “Best Book” title?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.

Books that had more than one vote were listed first, then they were listed alphabetically by author.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper


Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane


The Chronicles of Narnia

Lewis, C.S.


The Time Traveler's Wife

Niffenegger, Audrey


Harry Potter (series)

Rowling, J.K.


The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus


Little Women

Alcott, Louisa May


Hunger Games (series)

Collins, Suzanne


The Shining

King, Stephen


Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L.M.


Lord of the Rings

Tolkien, J.R.R.


The House of the Spirits

Allende, Isabel

Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane

Hasse Simondochter

Beckman, Thea

The Manual of Detection

Berry, Jedediah

The Moon Below

Bickmore, Barbara

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray

Jane Eyre

Bronte, Charlotte

Arthur (series)

Brown, Marc

A Scandalous Freedom

Brown, Steve

Cold Saddy Tree

Burns, Olive Ann

Enders Game

Card, Orson Scott

Gifted Hands

Carson with Cecil Murphey, Dr. Ben

Kushiel's Dart

Carey, Jacqueline


Cashore, Kristen

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Cather, Willa

The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer, Geoffrey

Seventeenth Summer

Daly, Maureen

The Maze Runner

Dashner, James

Loose Change

Davidson, Sara

Life is So Good

Dawson, George


DeLillio, Don

Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles

Going Too Far

Echols, Jennifer

Invisible Man

Ellison, Ralph


Eugenides, Jeffrey

One for the Money

Evanovich, Janet

The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Likeness

French, Tana


Gabaldon, Diana

American Gods

Gaiman, Neil

Memoirs of Cleopatra

George, Margaret

Old Yeller

Gipson, Fred

Lord of the Flies

Golding, William

An Abundance of Katherines

Green, John

Looking for Alaska

Green, John

Paper Towns

Green, John

The Boleyn Inheritance

Gregory, Philipa

The Eden Diet

Hancock, M.D., Rita

An Eye for an Eye

Hannon, Irene


Heath and Dan Health, Chip


Heller, Joseph

Losing the Moon

Henry, Patti Callahan

Goblin Quest

Hines, Jim C.

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Fire and Hemlock

Jones, Diana Wynne

The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster, Norman

Nancy Drew (series)

Keene, Carolyn B.

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Kidder, Tracy

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Kundera, Milan

She's Come Undone

Lamb, Wally

The Girl Who Played with Fire

Larsson, Stieg

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo

Larsson, Stieg

Devil's Bride

Laurens, Stephanie

Shutter Island

Lehane, Dennis

Shoot the moon

Letts, Billie

Dare to Dream

Littauer, Florence

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Lockart, E.

The Light Princess

MacDonald, George

16 Lighthouse Road

Macomber, Debbie

Daughter of the Forest

Marillier, Juliet

Son of Shadows

Marillier, Juliet

The Necklace (series)

Martin, Kay

Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman

Moore, Beth


Morrison, Toni

The Forgotten Garden

Morton, Kate

Mozart's Sister

Moster, Nancy

Cat on the Edge

Murphey, Shirley Rousseau

The Last Surgeon

Palmer, Michael

First to Die

Patterson, James

Sunday at Tiffany's

Patterson, James

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary E.

Life as We Knew It

Pfeffer, Susan


Priest, Cherie

His Dark Materials (series)

Pullman, Philip

The Lightning Thief

Riordan, Rick

Ride the Wind

Robson, Lucia St. Clair

The Sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria

The Forest of Hands and Feet

Ryan, Carrie

Once an Arafat Man

Saada, Tass

Walk Away the Pounds

Sansone, Leslie

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare, William


Shelley, Mary

Beneath a Marble Sky

Shors, John

The Corner

Simon, David

I Capture the Castle

Smith, Dodie

The Changeling

Snyder, Zilpha Keatly

Raven Stole the Moon

Stein, Garth

East of Eden

Steinbeck, John

The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John


Stiefvater, Maggie

The Help

Stockett, Kathryn

These Granite Islands

Stonich, Sarah

The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Thief

Turner, Megan Whalen

It's All Too Much

Walsh, Peter

Tipping the Velvet

Waters, Sarah

Brideshead Revisted

Waugh, Evelyn


Westerfield, Scott

A Certain Slant of Light

Whitcomb, Laura

To the Lighthouse

Woolf, Virginia

My Enemy's Cradle

Young, Sara

The Pigman

Zindel, Paul


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I'm not surprised.

Here is mine

Matt said...

Interesting but also torturing. How can anyone nail down to just 5?

My musing is up.

Nise' said...

My Musing.

Molly said...

I didn't participate last week, but enjoyed this week's musing:

MizB said...

"Gifted Hands" is by Dr. Ben CarSon (just FYI). ;)

Thanks for compiling this list, Rebecca! Fun! :D


Dana said...

I think it's interesting to see the list, but I don't worry too much about whether I 'agree' with someone's determination of a best book. I'd rather just take the list, do some research, and see if there's anything new I'd like to read! But you can see my full response on my blog, Reading Amidst the Chaos.

Lori said...

No and No.

Find out why at my [ Monday Musing].

Marie said...

Here's mine! ttp://
Happy Monday!

MarceJ said...

Very interesting, I must read To Kill a Mockingbird, I have it to read.

My favourites are not there but I love a list.

There are 2 on here that I didn't enjoy at all.

Alayne said...

I love how different everyone's suggestions are. Just goes to show you how "Bests" are completely subjective to each person. :) Good job guys!
Alayne - The Crowded Leaf

caite said...

interesting results...especially that are so many I never heard of!

My Musing on it all is up.

Carol Fleserieu-Miller said...

I like how everyone has such diverse tastes in books too! My blog is at . Come take a peek.

Vicki said...

Lots of variety and a lot that are new to me.

My Musing

mominsanity said...

Here is mine:

Anonymous said...

Great list! Although I have to confess that I had one of the best laughs I had all day when I read "The Forest of Hands and Feet." I'm pretty sure it's "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," but "feet" works too. =)

Bryan R. Terry said...

My Musing is up HERE