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Top 10 Fiction Books

I love to read and have read hundreds of books. I used to line my stuffed animals up and read them stories as a child. Reading has always been an escape for me so I prefer fiction to non-fiction.  Below you will find a list of books that have become favorites of mine. They have touched a chord with me and many others. They are in no particular order of preference. If you enjoy reading, check out the list and be sure you haven’t missed one of these treats.

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Stephen King

I am a big fan of Stephen King but this book was a bit different for me. Released in 1999, I didn’t stumble upon it until a few years later at my local library. It wasn’t super scary in a super natural sense but  more of a fear of what’s in our head and the unknown.

“The world has teeth and it can bite you with them any time it wants.”

Trisha is a 9 year old girl who is dealing with her family falling apart when she becomes lost on a hiking trip. This is her story of survival told from her view point. It’s captivating, heart warming and suspenseful.  Sometimes our heart and emotions can bring to life our biggest fears.

 
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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

I had to read this in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. Published in 1932 it is considered one of the best novels of all time. Set in a dysfunctional utopian society, it foreshadowed many advances in science we have seen come true.

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

A government that genetically modifies it’s people for it’s own agenda and drugs everyone to keep them happy… doesn’t seem to far fetched and that’s the scariest part of this book.

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Swan Song

Robert McCammon

Published in 1987, I didn’t stumble upon this gem until I was a young adult. It quickly became one of my all time favorite books. It’s a great saga of good versus evil, similar to Stephen King’s “The Stand”.  I seem to like this book a bit better, the little girl Swan is a character I will always love.

“We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls.”
 
Nuclear bombs are dropped and our world is changed forever. An evil roams the earth and all of our destines will be changed forever. The face you wear on the inside becomes the face the world sees on the outside. A little girl names Swan is our one hope for the world to live once again.
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The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

Completed in 1844 this is a classic read. Full of adventure, betrayal, redemption, love, honor, jealousy and more.  I read this as an adult after I fell in love with the movie rendition. It’s still one of my favorite movies to date.

“Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”
 
At the core of this story is Edmond Dantes, a poor but honorable man who is a bit naive. He is betrayed and falsly imprisoned. While imprisoned he plots his revenge and learns the ways of the upper class.  His story of love, loss, and revenge is a classic story that can inspire many.
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Lord Of The Flies

William Golding

Released in 1954, “Lord of the Fies” was another book I was required to read in school that has stuck with me ever since. It’s a harrowing look at the human nature at it’s most primal level. How do we react when there are no rules?

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
 
Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of boys who get stranded on an uncivilized island. It’s about the struggle for power, the darkness within us all.  Who leads? What are the rules when there is no one to hold anyone accountable?  It’s an epic tale of innocence, human nature, and the darkness within us all.
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The GateKeeper

Dana Reed

Published in 1987, I read this book in high school during state testing. I love horror stories and this was one that definitely stuck with me.  Everyone loves a good haunted house story but this one pushes some boundaries.

“The house had closed itself… It had physically destroyed it’s own exterior to discourage any would-be buyers. and Henry Wittaker had chosen to ignore the obvious. He’d violated it’s privacy by traipsing strangers through it’s room and had angered it’s occupants by endeavoring to place a family inside.”

Erica wants nothing more than to provide a good stable home for her family, unfortunatly, that is not what she receives when she moves into her new home.  Strange voices, unusual sensations… something evil is lurking in the dark.

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The Dark Tower Series

Stephen King

I am a pretty big fan of Stephen King and this is easily one of my favorite tales by him. The first book “The Gunslinger” was released in 1982. It’s a complete saga that spans through time, taking us on an adventure of a lifetime. I love how the series links into many of King’s other stories.

“The road and the tale have both been long, would you not say so? The trip has been long and the cost has been high… but no great thing was ever attained easily. A long tale, like a tall Tower, must be built a stone at a time.”
 
The Gunslinger, Roland, is one of the last. These stories follow him and his companions across time and multiverses as he goes after “The man in black”  A classic tale of good vs evil and the balance in between. I don’t have a favorite book in the series as I truly appreciate the series as a whole.

 

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Where The Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein

Released in 1974, this is a classic children’s book that I had read to me, I read myself as I grew and now I read to my children.  The poems are cute and entertaining.  Whimsical and and unique, this is a perfect book to spark the imagination.

“​Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me—
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.”

I also love Silverstein’s book: Light in The Attic.  Both are wonderful must haves if you enjoy occasional flights of fancy.

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Harry Potter Series

J.K. Rowling

I fell in love with Harry Potter when I first read it as a young adult.  The first book of the series “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” was first published in 1997. I am still a big fan all these years later. I have a whole shelf on in my book case dedicated to Harry Potter books and memorabilia.

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

These adventures follow Harry Potter as he discovers he is a wizard and a whole new world out there awaiting him. There is laughter and tears, failures and triumphs. A classic tale of growing up, good vs evil, with a fantasy twist.  The wizarding world of Harry Potter is one that I will never forget.

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Go Ask Alice

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Written in 1971, I discovered this book in my 20’s.  It struck a chord with me immediately because it hit kind of close to home. It’s written from the perspective of a 15yr old girl, and although there is question about who wrote it and if it’s true, the story itself is pretty powerful. 

“It’s a good thing most people bleed on the inside or this would really be a gory, blood-smeared earth.”
 
A diary style book from the perspective of a 15 year old runaway.  Addiction, prostitution, street life… A book every teen should read. It hits the topics teens deal with and shows just how awful the street life can be. The story follows her journey as she seeks to find herself and the belonging she desires.

 

So there you have it – a list of some of my all time favorite books!! If you read any of them, leave a comment and let me know if you liked it too!  Let me know if you have a book you think I should read!!

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