10 of my Favourite Books

Cover of "The Lovely Bones"

Cover of The Lovely Bones

I love so many different books so a top 10 was difficult to compile.  These are books that I have read over and over again and stay with me long after they are closed.  This top 10 does not include horror or children’s fiction.

Here they are in no particular order;

1) The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold

2) Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

3) AtonementIan McEwan

4) The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak

5) The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

6) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

7) I’m the King of the CastleSusan Hill

8) The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

9) The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien

10) The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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Expensive Collectable Books

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carrol...

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I ever win (or earn) vast amounts of money, these are the first edition books I would like to purchase;

*Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll – Printed in 1866, $17,500 (US)

*THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY – Printed in 1839 and includes a signed letter from Dickens, $5,500 (US)

Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger – Printed in 1951, $40,000 (US)

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien – First Edition 1937, $57, 592 (US)

*CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  Roald Dahl – Signed First Edition 1964, $19,250 (US)

Five On A Treasure Island Enid Blyton – Printed in 1942, $4689 (US)

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis – Signed First Edition 1950, $57, 592 (US)

The Woman in Black Illustrations by John Lawrence Susan Hill – Signed First Edition 1983, $493 (US)

So all I need is a total of $202,616  and my collection can begin!

Does anyone else have a First Edition wish list?