Top Ten Reading List #topten

1) Less Than Zero –Brett Easton Ellis

2) We the Living –Ayn Rand

3) The Picture of Dorian Gray –Oscar Wilde

4) The Psychopath Test –Jon Ronson

5) Regeneration –Pat Barker

6) The Philosophy of Autism –Jami Anderson and Simon Cushing (two of my old professors/mentors back at UM Flint)

7) Spoon River Anthology –Edgar Lee Masters

8) The Love of My Life –Cheryl Strayed

9) Identity, Character, and Morality: Essays in Moral Psychology –Oven Flanagan and Amelie Rorty (and basically anything relating to the philosophy of morality, ethics, and moral psychology)

10) Blueberries for Sal –Robert McCloskey (had to throw my favorite childhood book in at the end)

Top Ten Reading List #topten

I’m a reader. I’m more of a reader than a writer. So to whittle this list down to ten of my favorite, most influential books was next to impossible. I cheated a little bit and made some of my rankings about a series, not just one book. Obviously Harry needed to go first (anyone who has heard me talk in class or read my portfolio would be shocked if I said anything else!) but the rest are a mix of books from past and present that I am deeply indebted to. The plots, the characters, the messages–all of these books have impacted me in one way or another and I’m excited to share mine with you as well as to read your lists!!

1. Harry Potter series: J.K. Rowling

2. Enders Game and Enders Shadow: Orson Scott Card

3. The Giver: Lois Lowry

4. Number The Stars: Lois Lowry

5. Game of Thrones series: George R.R. Martin

6. A Lesson Before Dying: Ernest J. Gaines

7. Life of Pi: Yann Martel

8. Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

9. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee

10. Kenny and The Little Kickers: Claduio Marzollo

Top Ten List

If you know anything about me, you know this is not an easy feat. I will put ten of my favorite books on this list, whether it be for the storyline, what I got out of the message, anything. It is not in any particular order – except the first one. The first one is my all time favorite book.

  1. Never Let Me Go –  Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  5. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  6. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  7. Fear and Loathing in Las VEgas – Hunter S. Thompson
  8. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  9. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

But honestly I could go on & on … please let me know if you want explanations for any of these or any additional recommendations 🙂

Top Ten Books

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a reading buff, but as followed are the books that I’ve found my enjoyable and/or meaningful to read, or a book that I’d really like to read:

1. I Beat the Odds, Michael Oher with Don Yager

2. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

4. On the Road, Jack Kerouac

5. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

6. The entire Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz

7. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

8. Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, Jane Leavy

9. Any Curious George Book

10. Any Dr. Seuss Book

#Top10 by Kierra Gray #RayRay

These are the top 10 books I would encourage everyone to read. As a feminist woman of color, I may be biased, but these are on my list of books I have read and would like to read in the near future. This list is in no particular order.

  1. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry
  2. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
  3. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  4. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  5. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga
  6. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patrica Hill-Collins
  7. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  8. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  9. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  10. The Bible