Absolute Favorites

Over the years I create list after list of my favorite books. Each time, the list changes. Well, here are my absolutely, positively, quintessentially favorites that stand the test of time. And no, you’re not going to find me stupid enough to use them for resetting passwords.


  1. or 2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – Yes, I even like this more than Atlas Shrugged.
  2. or 1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – The entire series, and yes, they all individually belong here.
  3. The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-ucci – Why do more people not know about this book?
  4. The Long Walk by Stephen King – Be careful what you walk for.
  5. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – What could be better than an alternately magical London?
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  7. The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper – Except for book 1 which is unnecessary to read.
  8. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – Wow! Just wow!
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry – This book has heart because there is no heart.
  10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Tolkien reincarnated and modernized

Runners-up include:  Spin by Robert Charles Wilson; The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberly; Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut; The October Country by Ray Bradbury; The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King; The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks; The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis; the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett; A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter; the Peter Pan…”trilogy” (The Little White Bird, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Peter and Wendy) by James Barrie; A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

Movies and Shows: (Still a work in progress)

  1. Red Band Society
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  3. The Impossible
  4. Stand by Me
  5. The Flash (The CW series)
  6. 500 Days of Summer?
  7. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (the Star Wars part being irrelevant)

Music: (ditto “work in progress)