There’s been some discussion on my blog this week about what should or shouldn’t make a ‘best' books’ list. What elements do you think lands a book in that ‘best’ category? Think of your top 5 best books and tune in next week to see the collated list.
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Okay, I know I asked the question, but can I take it back? It’s too hard!
I suppose for me, for a book to put into the ‘best’ category, it needs to be well written, have a good story, characters, be original … but that seems obvious.
When it all comes down to it, I guess the ‘best’ books are the ones that , once I’m finished, I just HAVE to go tell someone. My book friends, my non-reading family, the cat – anyone who’ll even pretend to listen.
On the other hand, there’s something to be said for an old favourite. I’m not likely to run to Wendy and say “Oh my gosh, I just read Little Women, you HAVE to read it!” I’ve read it a hundred times, I know she already loves it, so there’s no need – but this doesn’t diminish it’s status high on my ‘best’ list.
So I guess it’s a bit of both.
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Anne of Green Gables (series) – L.M. Montgomery
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenigger
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak