I'm proud to welcome Frank Cole, author of The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter, to my blog today! I LOVED this book. You can check out my review if you'd like. In the meantime, Frank is here to share his favorite books of all time with us!
Maybe I’ve read and enjoyed other books more than these over the years. But I would have to say these books impacted me more than any others.
#10 – Lord Loss by Darren Shan – Gruesome. Shocking! Who knew scary could work for teens? I sure didn’t until I read this one.
#9 - The Magicians Elephant by Kate DiCamillo - Not since experiencing C.S. Lewis have I read a book that made me stop and think on whether the author really intended the story to mean something so much more.
#8 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett- This book took my young child brain, put it in a blender, mixed in some creative juices, and pressed frappe. Dare I say the beginning? Yes I dare.
#7 – The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis – I don’t know why I loved this book more than the other Chronicles of Narnia episodes. Maybe its because I imagined my excitement as a child experiencing the magic in this story. Or maybe its because they never made a movie out of this one. J
#6 – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – Such a great idea! Take fairies and give them super technology and then throw in a punk (hilarious) criminal mastermind who happens to be a pre-teen, to exploit them.
#5 – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I put off reading this book for a long time. Said to myself, “I’m not going to believe the hype.” Then I read it while sitting on the beach and I’m pretty sure I smacked myself with the book at least a dozen times because I got too close to the pages. Unbelievable!
#4 – The Taily Po by Joanna Galdone – Don’t read it. It scared me. Made me cry and sleep on my parents’ floor when I was 6 years old. A seriously creepy ghost story with some even creepier illustrations.
#3 – The Shining by Stephen King - Don't read it. It scared me. Made me cry and sleep on my parents’ floor when I was 18 years old. There are moving bush animals and other wildly scary stuff.
#2 – Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides – Very disturbing and yet probably a story people need to read about a heroic rescue of American POWS. I started reading this book when I was with my family at Disneyland of all places and I kept complaining because I wanted to head back to the hotel to finish the book.
#1 – Harry Potter… All of them– Yes, I probably liked book 5 the best and then book 7. Book 6 would take 3rd and then book 3. Book 4 earned a solid 5th place and then book 1. And though book 2 didn’t wow me as much as the others, the series would be incomplete without it. I can’t help, but hop on the bandwagon with this series. These books changed my whole way of thinking in my writing. And like so many children’s authors out there in the world, I have to thank J. K. for her masterpiece.
Such a great list! A HUGE thanks to Frank Cole for stopping by! Share out in the comments. What books do you consider your favorite of all time?