A lot of readers say that they can’t choose under 10 favorite books, but I have a list of ones which are just a cut above the rest for me, and which pretty much define the types of books I gravitate to and enjoy reading.
I thought it would be fun to do a post with a list of my top 5 favorite books of all time as of June 2020. (It’s definitely subject to change as I read more!) I’ll give a brief description of what each book is about and then discuss why I love it so much. My absolute favorite book will be at the number one spot.
(I only included fiction in this post, but Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is my favorite nonfiction book. 🙂 )
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This book is the story of a young woman who marries a man who she has known for about three weeks, and moves to his house by the sea. She feels haunted by the presence of Rebecca, her husband’s late wife who died in a tragic accident less than a year earlier, and the legacy she has left behind.
This book has everything — suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance. What really made this book for me was the writing. It was descriptive and really pulled you in to the story. Rebecca is a little darker, but I would definitely recommend it if you can handle a story that doesn’t turn out “all right” in the end.
4. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The plot of this book is pretty self-explanatory — there is a murder at a vicarage and it’s up to Miss Marple to figure out who did it.
Agatha Christie is a brilliant mystery writer. I’m always up for a good mystery, and Agatha Christie is my go-to when I’m in the mood for one. I especially enjoy her Miss Marple mysteries; she’s a little old lady who everyone underestimates, but she always ends up catching the murderer in the end. When I think of my favorite Christie book, this and A Pocketful of Rye stand out in my mind. I would recommend it if you like whodunits and amateur detective stories!
3. The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell
This is another mystery book (I think we can see a trend going on here). Trixie Belden lives in the small town of Sleepyside-on-Hudson, and she’s looking ahead to a boring summer with nothing to do. That is, until a new girl moves into the mansion next door, and they discover a runaway boy hiding in the gatehouse.
I discovered the Trixie Belden books when I was 11 years old, and I’ve loved them ever since. I own and have read all 39 books in the series, which was published from 1948-1986. The first and second books are definitely the best. These are fun, middle-grade mysteries which read like a better, more relatable version of Nancy Drew. The illustrations and 1950’s outfits the characters wear are a lot of fun to look at, too, for a vintage enthusiast such as myself. I recommend this for anybody who likes a wholesome, exciting adventure story with like-able characters. 🙂
2. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
The fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series follows a boy, Shasta, who runs away from his home to find freedom and a new life in the Northern country of Narnia. He makes several friends along the way — including two talking horses!
I absolutely adore all seven books in the Narnia series, but The Horse and His Boy has consistently come out as my favorite every single re-read. I love seeing more of the countries beyond Narnia. Aravis, the heroine of this story, is great and one of my favorite Narnia characters. The book also has lots of Aslan and some important lessons about thinking of others before yourself. Plus, we get to see the Pevensies again!
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A young woman moves to Thornfield Hall to be a governess to a young child. There, she meets Mr. Rochester, and discovers the secrets he holds in his attic.
I love love love this book. I think the best part is when you read it for the first time without knowing anything about the plot. The intrigue and mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat. Jane is also a great character with a strong moral compass that guides her through life, even when times are tough. This is my favorite classic and favorite book of all time — I highly recommend it!
There we have it! My five favorite books of all time. How about you? What are some of your favorite books? Have you read any of the books on this list?
Thanks for reading!
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