Author's Top 10 fiction novels

I'm often asked what my favourite book is and there isn't just one. Here is a list of 10 of my all time favourite books, in no particular order, with the actual book covers I have on my shelf, except for one. Note how many children's book are on this list. Explains why I love writing young adult fiction.

1)   The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Our teacher, Mr Smith, took us into the library for a few weeks and read The Hobbit to us. I was in Year 4, so I would have been 8. A few years later I read the book for myself. And then only a few years ago I read it again. I love this book. This is a great story of how a character shifts from one notion of belonging into another (refer to notion of belonging article)

 2)   The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I don't even know where I got my copy from, but a few years ago I read it for the first time and I was so drawn into this world. When editors talk about world building here is a great example of how to create a world the readers never want to leave. And I'll bet this inspired a great many secret gardens at home too.

3)   The Outsiders by S E Hinton
I was 14 when I read this and it spoke to me so strongly. This is what I aim to achieve in my books. I have the collection in one volume. The moment I finished reading The Outsiders I read Rumble Fish and That Was Then, This Is Now in quick succession.

 4)   Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitte
Such a sweet tale that has stuck with me forever. This was the second book, aside from fairy tales, that I fell in love with. The first was The Trumpet Of The Swan (below) and the third was The Outsider (above). I love that I can remember this detail.

 5)   One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
What a talented author who can make something so serious so much fun to read. And I love the way the book is told from one point of view but is primarily about another character. I never realised that I'd done something similar in The Bird With The Broken Wing until someone pointed it out to me.

 6)   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harper Lee is probably the best writer to ever hold a mirror up for humanity and tell them to take a good look at themselves. She tells this story brilliantly. And what a sense of humour. Love it. A book to read over and over. Not to mention a book that everyone should read.

 7)   The Trumpet Of The Swan by E B White
This is the first chapter book I ever read. Usually, I sat in the library and read collections of Snake, The Wizard of Id, Hagar the Horrible, and Peanuts cartoons. Who had time to read a whole book. I borrowed the hardback. It didn't have a pretty cover so it took another read as an adult to know this was the book I remembered as a child.

 8)   The Spy who Came In From The Cold by John le Carre
John le Carre is direct and to the point while also explaining lots of detail. He omits the everyday fluff to tell his stories yet he captures the characters emotions and issues at the same time. I had borrowed this book and later tracked down my own copy for my shelf.

 9)   Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
After Bram Stoker, Rice is the next most original vampire storyteller. She started the shift from monster to misrepresented souls in the minds of readers and ever since we've made sure our baddies have some shred of goodie in them because that's the way we like them. The first book I ever read that had same sex parents anyway.

10)  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The strange thing about this book is I have it on my e-reader. I devoured all three of Suzanne Collins' books. I'm usually the first to go out and grab a tangible copy of books I love. Strange.

Anyway, there you have it. My top 10 favourite books of all time.  

How many of these books have you read?



D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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