All-Time Favorites

I keep very few books, restraining myself to a single bookcase until the day that I have a proper house.  When I worked at the circulation desk, I took great pleasure in manning the heart that pumped books through the world.  Today, that heart keeps beating.  From the library or bookstore they come, and to the library or donation box or friends they go.

So which books have earned a place on the Bookcase?

Children’s books: Prydain and Westmark (Lloyd Alexander); Narnia (C.S. Lewis); The Dark Is Rising (Susan Cooper); Dealing with Dragons (Patricia C. Wrede); Watership Down (Richard Adams); Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery); Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls); The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin); When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead); A Wrinkle in Time, A Ring of Endless Light (Madeleine L’Engle)

Science fiction: Dune (Frank Herbert); Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Maps in a Mirror (Orson Scott Card); the Miles Vorkosigan series (Lois McMaster Bujold); Brave New World (Aldous Huxley); The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood); Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick); The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams); Brightness Falls from the Air (James Tiptree, Jr.); Spin (Robert Charles Wilson); The Speed of Dark (Elizabeth Moon); The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Fantasy: Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman); A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin); The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly); Bridge of Birds (Barry Hughart); The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon); The Wee Free Men, Making Money, Going Postal, The Truth, Nation (Terry Pratchett); Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill); Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue (Kristin Cashore)

Classics/close reads: Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Shakespeare); Oedipus Tyrannus, Antigone (Sophocles); the Odyssey, the Illiad (Homer, Fitzgerald translation); As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)

Fiction: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez); Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis); All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard); God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Kurt Vonnegut); Pride & Prejudice, Emma (Jane Austen); The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje); Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell); Cane (Jean Toomer); Les Miserables (Victor Hugo); Everything That Rises Must Converge (Flannery O’Connor); The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder); Welcome to Hard Times (E.L. Doctorow); The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Melissa Bank); Wooster and Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse)

Non-fiction: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, The Writing Life, An American Childhood (Annie Dillard); Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen (Larry McMurtry); Longitude (Dava Sobel); Suburban Safari (Hannah Holmes); Gift from the Sea (Anne Morrow Lindbergh); No Plot? No Problem! (Chris Baty); Rework (Jason Fried and David Hansson); James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (Julie Phillips)

Graphic: Sandman (Neil Gaiman); Locke & Key (Joe Hill); Y: The Last Man (Brian Vaughan); Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story (Harvey Pekar); Amphigorey (Edward Gorey); The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery); xkcd (Randall Munroe); Wall and Piece (Banksy)