My first Top 10 List — Top 10 books

posted by Russ, July 30 in reading with tags , ,


I always enjoy reading other people’s Top 10 lists, and I thought to myself that I’ve never done one. Usually I’m not great at picking favorites, but just for fun I decided I’d put together a list of ten books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the past few years, plus a few extra just because I can’t narrow it down to ten.

Keep an eye out for some reviews of these books in the future. I have actually written some for another site I used to run, so over the next week or two I’ll try to get a couple posted up here. Also, for a list of all the books I’ve read over the past couple years, take a look over here.

Here is my list (in no particular order). What are some of your favorites?

  • Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  • Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Beach – Alex Garland
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Chris McDougall
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson

And some runners up:

  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakaur
  • Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

To see what I’m currently reading and have read recently, take a look over here

Originally posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 7:37 AM .

2 Responses to “My first Top 10 List — Top 10 books”

  1. Richard says:

    Siddharta was an amazing book – definitely deserving of a top 10 place. I would also venture to add Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. If you haven't yet read it, it will change your whole world.

  2. Russ says:

    Good suggestion Richard, I've had that on my list for years, but somehow keep putting off reading it. Ironically I read another book of his, Lila, but never Zen. I'll try to get a copy from the library soon. Thanks!

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