Favorites: The Booker Award

The wonderful Cyndi Faria has nominated me for the Booker Award, which targets literary and book centered blogs.  The rule is to post your top five favorite books of all time (a task which I found extremely difficult, as there are so many amazing books out there). After much deliberation, I decided on the following five books listed below.  I decided to go way back and choose stories that made an impression on me when I was younger, because for some reason this made it easier to choose.  I am an eclectic reader and my tastes span several genres, but I am posting these five because I read them at different times in my life and loved them all for different reasons:

1) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
 This is one of those books I’ve gone back to over the years, and each time I read it, I get something different out of it.  Yes, it has long, drawn-out narrative passages that would never fly in the popular fiction industry today, but I still love this book.  I love the epic scale of the characters.  Jean Valjean and Javert are two sides of the same coin.

2) Watership Down by Richard AdamsI know, I know, it’s a book about rabbits. And yet, this is one of my favorites.  I still get teary eyed when Hazel leaves his body by the river at the end because he doesn’t need it anymore.

3) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:  I realize this is a series and not a single book, but I couldn’t choose just one. I don’t think I need to say much more about this because Harry Potter has become a household name.  Love!

4) The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon:  Outlander is one of the first romance novels I ever read.  I was a teenager at the time, and Diana Gabaldon’s steamy time travel romance series sort of catapulted me into the genre.  I think I will always be a bit in love with the 18th century Scottish kilt-wearing Jamie Fraser.

5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:  This is one of my favorite classics and the opening line never fails to make me smile: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”  Words of wisdom, indeed.

And now I would like to present this award to the following bloggers:

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6 Responses to Favorites: The Booker Award

  1. Tara, I love all your picks, although I can’t quite remember Watership Down that clearly. I do think the Outlander Series was gripping. I was so wrapped up in Jamie and Claire’s lives! I was not so thrilled with Gabaldon’s Lord John books, although the last one seems to have married the Lord John thread and the Jamie thread very well. I did really like it, did you? (The Scottish Prisoner) Les Miserables is the very best musical I’ve ever seen and I love musicals. I didn’t read Hugo’s book in English although I did read it years ago as part of my French degree. And Pride and Prejudice is a favorite, too.
    Thank you for this opportunity to slide back down our personal reading roads. I think I’d like to do a post on this topic as well. Maybe today. I’ll pretend I was nominated, just as you were!

    • Tara Sheets says:

      Hi Elaine! Please feel free to post your top five favorites. I’ve added you to the Booker Award list so I’m looking forward to your post! I agree with you about the Lord John books; they weren’t my all-time favorites, but I did enjoy reading The Scottish Prisoner. I have to admit that Jamie & Claire’s story is my favorite, so it’s hard for me to deviate from their tale. I still wish they would come out with a movie, but I can’t think of anyone who could play Jamie Fraser. Hope springs eternal! 🙂

  2. J.D. Sullivan says:

    Hi Tara. Congratulations the Booker Award and narrowing your favs down to five books. That’s a tough task! And what cool and varied list. I remember reading Les Mis right out high school but I need to put it on the list to re-read. (I saw the musical twice and the movie a couple times, does that count?) I also really liked Pride and Predjudice, but I confess that I eventually bought the Cliff Notes to help me along. I’m a little too literal. And thanks for the reminder about Watership Down. You’ve mentioned this book before. Need to download from Amazon and see what it’s all about. Yeah, another book to buy! Happy reading to all!

    • Tara Sheets says:

      I loved the Les Miserables musical and I still get chills whenever I hear that song, “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Speaking of books-to-movies, let us not forget the wonderful Collin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I will forever see him as Mr. Darcy and nothing else. I don’t think that makes me unique– I once saw him on a talk show and he said that no matter what role he plays, people still think of him as Darcy. He said if he ever flew to the moon, the news headlines would read, “Mr. Darcy Goes to the Moon”. Ha! 🙂

  3. tedhenkle says:

    Tara: Congratulations on the Booker Award! Since you like “Pride and Prejudice,” over “Bimbos of the Death Sun,” 🙂
    I think you’ll like the “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” on YouTube:

    Believe it or not, I’m hooked on the series.

    • Tara Sheets says:

      Wow- that show looks great 🙂 Thanks for the tip. And believe it or not, “Bimbos of the Death Sun” did cross my mind! LOL That book is so funny! A classic in its own right. . .

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