40 books for 40 years

Here’s another top 40 list to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This is from Alison Kothe-Nihlean, the very capable and lovely head of marketing and events at BookPeople:

When trying to pick my 40 favorite books, instead of going with “literary merit” (although many of these are considered to have a lot of that), I went with the 40 books that made the biggest impression on my life. I split my list into two groups: the books that have moved me as an adult, and the ones I read as a child that made me who I am. In no particular order…

Books from my childhood:

1.The Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin

2. ‘Little Women,’ Louisa May Alcott

3. ‘The Monster at the End of this Book,’ Jon Stone

4. ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,’ E.L. Konigsburg

5. ‘The Secret Garden,’ Frances Hodgson Burnett

6. ‘Trumpet of the Swam,’ E.B. White

7. ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends,’ Shel Silverstein

8. ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ Eric Carle

9. ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ Madeleine L’Engle

10. ‘The Lorax,’ Dr. Seuss

11. ‘The BFG,’ Roald Dahl

12. ‘Where the Red Fern Grows,’ Wilson Rawls

13. ‘The Call of the Wild,’ Jack London

14. ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ L. Frank Baum

15. ‘Jurassic Park,’ Michael Crichton

Books from my adulthood:

1. ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany,’ John Irving

2. ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Jane Austen

3. The Harry Potter series (especially ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’), J.K. Rowling

4. ‘Watership Down,’ Richard Adams

5. ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ Nikos Kazantzakis

6. ‘The Story of Forgetting,’ Stefan Merril Block

8. ‘Welcome to the Monkey House,’ Kurt Vonnegut

9. ‘The Passage,’ Justin Cronin

10. ‘The Book of Lost Things,’ John Connolly

11. ‘Delicate Edible Birds,’ Lauren Groff

12. ‘Wuthering Heights,’ Emily Bronte

13. ‘I’m Pregnant,’ Lesley Regan

14. ‘Wilco: Learning How to Die,’ Greg Kott

15. ‘Water for Elephants,’ Sara Gruen

16. ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,’ Rebecca Skloot

17. ‘Love Stories in This Town,’ Amanda Eyre Ward

18. ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ Julie Orringer

19. ‘Jane Eyre,’ Charlotte Bronte

20. ‘A Yellow Raft in Blue Water,’ Michael Dorris

21. ‘City of Thieves,’ David Benioff

22. ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz,’ Walter M. Miller, Jr.

23. ‘The Little Book,’ Selden Edwards

24. ‘The Thirteenth Tale,’ Diane Setterfield

25. ‘Wonder Boys,’ Michael Chabon

6 thoughts on “40 books for 40 years

  1. I love that Henrietta Lacks made the list! I passed it to my Mom and sister after reading it last spring and we are still talking about it.

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