In celebration of my 48th birthday earlier this month, I am doing three special posts: first, this one on my 48 favorite books for the 48 years of my life; then, this Wednesday, my 48 favorite movies; and this Friday, my 48 favorite albums.
For today’s list, I decided to try to go from childhood to the present and to try not to include trilogies or series, with a few notable exceptions in both cases. For example, I included two comic book collections and tacked on one at the end because it was the end of a series and also a good place to end. Many are from high school and college reading lists and classes, such as the Knowles, Milton, Faulker, and O’Connor, with the last two being for a course on both of them. Others are the start of series that I love, many at the beginning and a few in the middle. I want to give a special shout-out to The Bloom County collections, which helped me through mandatory chapel at Messiah College in the late 80s and early 90s. Thank you, Berke Breathed.
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Stuart Little by E.B. White
- Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Lord of the Flies by William Goulding
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saaverda (abridged, translated, and edited by Walter Starkie)
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The River Why by David James Duncan
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Paradise Regained by John Milton
- The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell
- Harvest Poems: 1910-1960 by Carl Sandburg
- Ariel by Sylvia Plath
- Selected Poems of William Carlos Williams by William Carlos Williams
- All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver
- The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor
- The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
- Truman by David McCullough
- Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C.G. Jung
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawende
- The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterston
- Bloom County: Volumes 1 through 5 by Berke Breathed
- The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
- White Butterfly by Walter Mosley
- Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal
- Memory by Donald E. Westlake
- Curtain by Agatha Christie
If you had a list of favorites for every year of your life, what would be some of those you’d have to include? Any crossovers?
10 thoughts on “My 48 Favorite Books For The 48 Years Of My Life”
I just checked because I had not seen this post in my reader and I come to find out that your feed dropped from my subscription list. Re-adding it now.
I love many of the books you listed here. A Separate Peace, to this day, still remains my fave of all time.
I still remember A Separate Peace fondly. As for not getting my subscription, perhaps when I switched to this new blog?
Is it new?? I noticed the new look but thought the post feed was the same. Anyway, you are back in there now.
Yep. New. 🙂 Post feed was different.
You are way more ambitious than I am with your lists for life you have going on!
That being said, I would have included Where the Red Fern Grows on my list, as well as THG and HP. Of course!
I have The Hunger Games and a Harry Potter on my list. 🙂
A list for every year of my life? An impossible challenge. Crossovers might include, however, Charlotte’s Web, The Autobiography of Malcolm X and definitely To Kill a Mockingbird – one of my all time favourite books.
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