Top Ten Books

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

These are my Top Ten Reads, the books that I will, or have read over and over again:

10.  The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis.  Actually, any book by C.S. Lewis goes in the number 10 spot, I don't really care which one.  He was brilliant, and I am always better for reading him.

9.   The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope.  A little-known book, first published in 1894. A rollicking, swashbuckling adventure, hard to put down. 

8.  The Thirty-nine Steps, by John Buchan.  Alfred Hitchcock based his movie on this book, but went way off the track.  This is about the gentleman spy of WWI, and 007 has nothing on Richard Hannay.  There are actually 4 books in the series, this being the first. I read this one aloud to my 3 sons, and they all got hooked and had to read the rest.

7.  The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy.  These are actually a series, and once you read the first action-packed book, you will be hooked.  They take place during the French Revolution, and you cannot miss the English contempt for the Frogs.  So much fun.

6.  Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.  My daughter and I read this aloud, and shed a tear at the end of just about every chapter.  This is the perfect example of why they call them 'The Classics'.

5.  Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin.  Another girlie book, you might be thinking, but my son read this when he was 14 and loved it.  The witty writing and quirkie personalities are one-of-a-kind.  I pick this up now and then for a good laugh.

4.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.  Such a heartwarming story, full of witty characters and a glimpse of a New York we'll never know again.

3.  Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein.  This series elevated reading in my kids' minds.  After reading the first one aloud, they all picked them up and finished them at their own pace.  Of course, we watched the movies and made Halloween costumes for years.  They have a love of good literature all because of J.R.R. Tolkein, and I am grateful.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.  I love this book because it was so well-written. A masterpiece that was a joy to read.  A deep story told from the point of view of an 8-year-old child prodigy.  I read that, other than 3 short stories that weren't that good, this was all that Harper Lee had published, sort of like her life's work.  It certainly stands out as that.

1.  The Shack, by William Paul Young.  I just finished this in December, and re-read it in January.  I can't say enough about this book.  It is fiction, it is wild, it will blow your theology to the moon.  It is written in such a way that it really doesn't matter what your religious background is.  It will impact you one way or another.  I think I will be digesting it for a long time.

So, those are my top 10 reads, it was really hard to narrow it down, there are so many more that I can think of.  I'd love to hear yours!

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Charlie Ragonesi
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Great Books all. Thanks for the post. I have read a couple of them. I am not part of your group so I cannot do top ten . Thanks for the read

 

Jan 22, 2009 07:05 AM #1
Rainmaker
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For more of a business focus, "Think and grow rich" Napoleon Hill.  Free on the Internet.

Jan 22, 2009 07:07 AM #2
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Chris & Karen Highland
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Charlie, You can join the Top Ten group:  http://activerain.com/groups/topten

Thanks Heath, someone should make a top ten list of business focus books...that would be very valuable.

 

Jan 22, 2009 07:09 AM #3
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Rick Sergison
Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area - Toronto, ON

Hi Chris and Karen!  Great list!  I have read and aggree with you on your numbers 1, 2, 3 and 8.  I haven't read the others so now I've got a little bit more reading to do!  I don't read as much fiction these days as I used to.  My number one, all time, bestest book is "The Traveler's Gift" by Andy Andrews. 

You can check out my library at www.rickslibrary.com for my complete list of "best" books! 

Jan 22, 2009 07:09 AM #4
Rainer
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Chris & Karen Highland
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Rick, I love that you have a library page on your website! I've bookmarked it for future reference.  I will get The Treveler's Gift, to be sure!

Jan 22, 2009 07:14 AM #5
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I would love to do a book exchange/swap with fellow AR members.  I love to read but also love hearing others' recommendations.  I love reading books, mostly non-fiction on leadership, business, marketing, and any other self-enrichment stuff.  I loved Good to Great by Jim Collins and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch.

Jan 22, 2009 07:47 AM #6
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Rick Sergison
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and when you are done reading all of these books and the shelves are overflowing, you can "book it forward"!  If you're interested, you can check out www.BookItForward.com or my blog post from last week that explains what it is and how it came to be.

Happy reading!

Jan 22, 2009 08:25 AM #7
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Dora Baycroft
Royal LePage Prince George - Prince George, BC

Thank you for sharing...I find it funny that I am an avid reader, yet have read only one of the books, and seen 5 of the movies! But i will someday find the time to read the books, as movie are RARELY able to truly...capture the essence of the book.

Jan 22, 2009 10:26 AM #9
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brando

wow... the shack beat out to kill a mockingbird?

 

:)

Jan 22, 2009 02:38 PM #10
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Michael Johnson
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Great Post!  I am interested in The Shack.  I'll check it out.

Jan 23, 2009 04:24 AM #11
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If you folks haven't read "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole, you owe it to yourselves to do so immediately. It's a superbly written, Pulitzer prize winning novel written with such amazing command of the English language that you'll call your third grade English teacher and thank her for doing such a wonderful job teaching you!

You can preview "A Confederacy of Dunces" here.

Jan 23, 2009 11:05 AM #12
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Heather Goodwin
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Love your list and love books.  Like others, I don't have as much time these days for fiction as I would like.  Gotta write these down.

Jan 23, 2009 02:29 PM #13
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
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I recently re-visited To Kill a Mockingbird... what a masterpiece that is!

Jan 23, 2009 02:34 PM #14
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Chris & Karen Highland
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Thanks all, I don't read as much anymore, either. But I wish I did, because it feeds my soul...

Here's the link to Confederacy of Dunces, can't wait to read it.

Jan 24, 2009 06:12 AM #15
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Michael Johnson
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I bought The Shack last night.  My wife is reading and then I will dive into it.  Thanks again for the recommendation.

Jan 24, 2009 12:13 PM #16
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Rick,

I loved the Tolkien books as a middle schooler, and throughly enjoyed The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis with my kids. Thankfully, I was able to read The Shack last fall, and it found it both difficult to read, but impossible to put down.  Like you, I recommend it highly.  Within the last six months, two works of nonfiction I enjoyed reading were In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Marc Batterson, and Multiple Blessings, by Kate Gosselin.  They might not be classics, but are worth the time to read them.  Thanks for your list!

Jan 25, 2009 07:59 AM #17
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
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There's only two books on your list that I have not read, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Shack." "The Shack" sounds like my type of book. Also, I'm sending you an invitation to the ActiveRain Book Club.

Added with edit: I see you're a member of the ActiveRain Book Club. I hope you'll put this post over there for some additional exposure. See you at the library!

Feb 06, 2009 07:06 PM #18
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Chris & Karen Highland
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Russel, I think A Tree Grows in Brooklyn might possibly be a little 'girlie', I can't remember. 

Feb 07, 2009 07:51 AM #19
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I would have to add...The Grapes of Wrath, Silas Marner, and The Scarlet Letter. And I agree, anything by C.S. Lewis needs to be on the list! 

Feb 10, 2009 01:24 AM #20
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