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This week, I'm doing what I feel are the ten best books I've ever read. It's hard to put them in order really, but I tried.

Top Ten Books

1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice- DUH. How could you even THINK Brett would do a book list without an Anne Rice Vampire Chronicle book? This book was one of the most defining in my love of the Vampire mythology. It was after the movie, but I refused to watch it til I had finished the book. I loved it because of Louis, the lead character. He has such humanity and a yearning to maintain it in the face of all the things that happen to him throughout his life.

2. The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath- the story of a young woman who has a wonderful life but gets depressed while away at college. She ends up trying to commit suicide, and is hospitalized in a rehab-like facility afterwards. It's dated of course, written in a time when depression and suicide were not widely acknowledged at illnesses.

3. Memoirs of a Geshia by Arthur Golden- long before the movie ever came out, I read the book and thought how amazing it would be as a movie. The movie is not nearly as good as the book, mind you. It was so violent and vivid when I read it.

4. Ladylord by Sasha Miller- it was the first "grown-up" book I ever really read; a fantasy novel about a woman who challenges the fuedal system of her fictional nation. It's no longer in print, I think, and it took my years to find a copy of it, but I finally did, so I'm currently rereading it.

5. Mick Hart was Here by Barbara Parks- a younger book, but it made a huge impression on me. It's about a very average family that loses their son in a bicycle accident.

6. The Once and Future King by T.H. White- one version of the complete Authurian legend, from boyhood on. It's a good fantasy read. It's also the basis of the Disney "Sword and the Stone".

7. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury- I love Bradbury's works, but this is one of his less serious. It's about a journey through time and space a few friends take on a Halloween night with a creepy old man. They go and experience the history of Halloween from different places in a desperate effort to save the renegade soul of their best friend, which whom they are chasing after the whole time.

8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews- yes, one of those books. When I first started college, my friends and I would go to this bookstore we loved at least once a week and I would buy all these cheap, old books. That's how I ended up reading 'Flowers'. I had always heard it was weird and controversial, so naturally, I wanted to read it. As I read it, I was shocked even now by some of its' content, and even more so how I felt the lead characters really were innocent in the end, despite their relationship.

9. Born Confused by Tanju Desi Hidier- a young Indian American woman deals with the pressures of her family and culture in the modern world. It's hilarious.

10. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- even though it ended rather anticlimatically, it was a good read for kids and adults. It was highly entertaining.

Comments

I remember reading Flowers in the Attic in high school, and the librarian sort of hesitated when I went to take it out. She just glared at me the whole time! Later that night, I found out why.

I want to read Halloween Tree! It sounds a bit like The Forbidden Game trilogy by LJ Smith.
Bradbury always writes incredible sci-fish, morbid stories. But yeah, Halloween Tree rocks.
3. I can't really think of a movie that has surpassed a book (that I've read anyway), so I'm not surprised with Memoirs of a Geisha (still need to see it AND read it)

4. Damn, this sounds cool. I'd have to check it out now..

9. Hehe, I love stories that play around that central theme. They're usually quite lovely and comedic.
3. Def. read it.

4. It's funny too, because even though it's "serious", it full of sex or at least innuendo.

9. I also remember her best friend in the book was a dumb bitch that I wanted to punch, hahah.