• Thomas Gaffney

My Top 10 Books that I have Loved

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

I posted this a while back on my personal Facebook page, but might as well blog about it here. These are my Top 10 Books that I have Loved. It was supposed to be no explanation or criticism, but I've added a bit about each book and what it means to me.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of the few school-required books that I loved. Should be required reading for every human being.

  2. IT by Stephen King. The most obvious choice. I'm sure it surprises no one that Stephen King's IT is one of my faves. His best book by far, although the overall Gunslinger story arc rivals it as his best story.

  3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Canada's greatest living author and what is, IMHO, her best book. The Handmaid's Tale gets more attention thanks to the show, but this is the one I would recommend to anyone.

  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Unsettling on so many levels, this book will always be relevant as long as terrible people remain in power. Keep reading people!

  5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Even if you found that The Lord of the Rings can get pretty long-winded at times, you might like Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles. Mesmerizing and engrossing.

  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The only Non-Fiction book on the list, the true account of the Clutter family murders. It reads better than some murder mysteries and is one of the best American books ever written.

  7. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Even if you've seen the Amazon Prime show, I still recommend this historical fiction book. Philip K. Dick at his finest.

  8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I didn't want to have too many horror books on my list, but I couldn't ignore this masterpiece. One of the scariest books written. The Netflix show was great but totally different than the book. And while I think The Lottery is her best story, it's a short story and Hill House is easily her best book.

  9. Hideaway by Dean Koontz. Yet another master of the horror genre, this might be the best telepathic-connection story ever written, and Koontz's best book IMHO. Although, if you were to argue that Phantoms was his best, I wouldn't tell you that you were wrong.

  10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This book was AMAZING. I haven't watched the TV show yet, but the book was an instant classic. I was torn between this and The Doll's House, but that wouldn't have really fit, being a collection of comic books within a larger series of comic books (although The Doll's House is perfection).

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