Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my Crossing booklist!
In The Queen of the Tearling, people were allowed to take a maximum of ten books with them to the new world. Books, while culturally important and sentimental, are heavy and technically unnecessary unless they contained medical information… so each passenger was allowed a maximum of ten. These are fiction, or books that were close to peoples’ hearts. Not a desert island booklist – these books did not need to have any practical value.
You’ll be delighted to hear that in Queen of the Tearling, all 7 Harry Potter books made the Crossing. Mine only has one. I’m hoping someone else will take care of the other 6?
To qualify for my Crossing Booklist, the books must be reread-able. They must make me feel. They must have characters who are like friends. I have replaced two books on this list in the last eight months, and it is hard to choose which books fall off the list.
These are my Ultimate Favorites.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
I love Prisoner of Azkaban. Love it. I love the fact that the trio is a trio the whole time and I love the time travel and I love Hermione punching Draco. I love the movie, too. I love the lack of Voldemort for once. I love the Marauders. I love the addition of Sibyl Trelawny and Divination Class. “You’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it?” I DIE RON.
Tess of the Road
by Rachel Hartman
I love Tess. I love love love love love Tess. I love her more than just about any other character ever. I love the journey and the Road. I love her calm acceptance and her slow recovery. I love the mythology laden into this tale. I love the relationship between Tess and Seraphina. I love her boisterous personality AND her quiet contemplation. I wanted to reread this the moment I finished it.
Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
Did you know that, after the Bible, more copies have been sold of Gone With the Wind than any other book? That’s what it says on the Goodreads description of my copy. For good reason – Scarlett, for one. Talk about girl power (even when society finds her repulsive, she is strong as f***). Rhett’s character growth. The rich depth of the world building. Even with the racism (written in 1939), this is an easy classic. And Melly! <3
The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak
How can you not love Liesl? And Rudy? And Papa and Mama and everyone? EVERYONE? Well, I mean, except the whole general German Reicht thing. BUT MAX. This book broke my heart in seventeen million ways. I am still finding pieces of my heart in places. It’s so beautifully written and wonderful and I love it. I love how they survive and never entirely lose hope. I hate the ending.
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
This one’s a bit weird because I almost DNF’d it… and now it’s on this list. But so deservedly. It has a slow start, but then there’s the Circus itself and how crap amazing world building. You can basically taste the treats and see the origami zoo and I adore it. I love all the characters, big and small (though if I’m being honest… especially the small). I got lost in this book, completely.
by Stephen King
I just… really like this series. Even though The Gunslinger doesn’t have my favorite character, Eddie Dean, it is the one that can stand alone as a single book. What I really love, to be honest, is Wizard and Glass, but that one stands a bit oddly on its own. There are so many lines of text in this book that are heavily resonating. I love the grittiness of it and I love Jake.
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M Mongomery
There is no child in literature more beloved than Anne Shirley. I could take almost every line of dialogue from this book and add it to my “favorite quotes” list. While the whole series is delightful, this first book is the one closest to my heart. We meet all the most important people, Anne grows but remains entirely herself. Even though it was written 100 years ago, it is still relatable and amazing.
by M.T. Anderson
This book is so well-hated, and I don’t care. I adore it. I love that the characters are harsh and shallow, save one. I love the world. I love the slang. I love the warnings of technological revolution. I adore Violet’s outbursts and the meat farm and all the bits and pieces that make this story interesting and concerning and I will reread it over and over again.
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Two dystopias! I actually bounce back and forth between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire for this list – I like the additional characters in Catching Fire and I like the arena better… but we get more of Katniss in The Hunger Games, and of course… there’s Rue. I love this dark, twisted world presented as normal, and I love Katniss and her refusal to acknowledge her love triangle.
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
There is something liberating reading this story of one woman’s power after being raised in a faith that demeaned women’s intelligence and importance. Besides all that, Dinah is sad and beautiful. I love the circle of mothers and the way everyone laughs in the Red Tent and how the women twist their men to their will when needed. That soft, secret power is delicious.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks:
“Books I Could Re-read Forever”
Fun fact: When I first wrote out my draft notes for this week’s prompt, I wrote out the ten titles you see here, then cross-referenced my Top Ten on Goodreads. Yup. Nailed it.
If you could only pick 10 books to take with you to a new world, which would you choose?
Have you read any of my top ten?
Did you hate any of my top ten (warning: I will fight you! 😛 )