Monday, April 12, 2010

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page.  Today's Musing Mondays is about the "best" book.  How do you define a "best" book? Name your top 5 "best" books and tune in to Just One More Page next week to see the collated list.

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A book review of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn that I wrote on this blog on Wednesday, March 17, 2010  (see below on this blog in March.)  doesn't answer what a "best" book is exactly, but it's related.  My review is about what makes a book a classic.  I would venture that many of our "best" books are classics.  However, I know not all of them are especially if a classic must stand the test of time.  Many of our favorite books are on the best seller list right now.  Perhaps, a "best" book is often a classic book or going to be a classic book someday.  I think that's what a "best" book is to me.  Really though, the "best" book definition is probably different for each and every person.

My top 5 (not always in the same order)

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


  1. excellent choices, all of which, on another day, may have made my list.

  2. Of these, I have only read Romeo and Juliet... I should get cracking! I am working my way through Pride and Prejudice right now, though, as my first Austen novel. I'm not sure I like it, but I'm glad I'm reading it! :)

  3. This is such a subjective question, isn't it?

  4. Love the classics. I couldn't decide. [Here's Mine].

  5. Great list of books! I just love Sense and Sensibility.

  6. Love Great Expectations!! I really hope to read Sense and Sensibility this year for the Classics Challenge (I've said that for the past 2 years, though!). Great list Carol!