Gold Medal List


But oh, there are so many wonderful books…Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  What about great series such as Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, or Twilight.  Then again, I love thrillers from writers Stieg Larsson, Jeffrey Deaver, Tom Clancy.  And there are the children’s books:  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Love you Forever by Robert Munsch, Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood.

To make this list, the character names and personalities stay with me for years, and I would read or should read the book again.

Just in…

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (see October Review)

Gold Standard – Fiction

  • Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • House Rules by Jody Picoult
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
  • Name All the Animals by Alison Smith
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Gold Standard – Non-fiction

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
  • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
  • Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (see March Review)
  • Funny You Should Ask: A Diary of One Woman’s Breast Cancer Journey by Tracy L. Matteson (see April Review)
  • Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III (see August Review)

But, Let’s not Forget These Great Books

The paths that we have followed in life influence which books we love.  So, even though these books don’t meet my gold standard, there is a good chance that might make your Gold Medal List.

  • A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid (see February review)
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • Sisters: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton (see January review)
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel by Matthew Quick
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  • The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
  • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
  • Remarkable Creatures: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (May Review)
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • After by Kristin Waterfield Duisberg (July Review)
  • 11-22-63 by Stephen King
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Please let me know what books you find compelling.  I will publish your comment, and if it is a book I enjoy, I’ll add it to one of my lists and give you credit!

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