For now, an exciting author with great taste is contributing some thoughts. Please welcome Georgia Jones and her favorite books, some of which I share!
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. (Theodor) Seuss.
No matter what mood one is in…The Cat in the Hat always makes me smile. This quote is from I Can Read With My Eyes Wide Shut. It’s my favorite quote from all of the Dr. Seuss books.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
2. Odyssey written by Homer
Original fantasy work at its best. Anyone who loves dark fantasy reading would love a story like this. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when they are binding the Cyclops… We handled our pole with its red-hot point and twisted it in his eye till the blood boiled up round the burning wood.
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
How clever it was of Bram Stoker to make the vampire hunter such a smart man. He wasn’t your average brute force but was a professor with a list of credits following his name. I have always been intrigued that he chose the route of brains over brawn in his approach to slaying the monster. It is my favorite vampire genre novel.
4. The Discourse on Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences by Rene Descartes
I love the way this particular book made me think about everything with reason and rational. The first precept that he based this method on was to never accept anything as truth that you could not undeniably see as such. Basically…throw out everything you think you know and look at the facts, then move forward with founded truths.
5. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
This book has a tendency to come back to me. I have given away every copy that I’ve ever stumbled across, but not until I read it again.
6. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
Stephen King has always been one of my favorite authors, even before I realized that we had the same birthday. I didn’t read this series until later because of my preconceived idea that it was a western and that is a genre of books that I don’t typically pick. I was, of course, astonished as I began the series and very quickly realized what I had been missing. I fell in love with Roland and was quite intrigued to find so many of his other books fall into the worlds that he built for this series.
7. The Gnostic Bible by Marvin Meyers
This book includes the most comprehensive list of Gnostic texts that I’ve ever found. I’ve read many of the stories several times and consider it a veryvaluable piece in my collection of books.
8. The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name of Lewis Carroll
An absolutely phenomenal fantasy book for any era.
9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
This series of books include a vacation anyone should be glad to journey on. It’s fantastical and magical. I enjoy the style in which it’s written as well as the adventures that are conjured up while reading.
10. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
I find the dark and dreary sentiment of his works to be completely compelling and very complex. Any time I see or hear the words, “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary”, I take notice. He sparked something in gothic literature that seemed to change the landscape of it in a way.
Thank you for allowing me to share my top 10 books list with you. I would like to add that this is just a short list of the many, many books that I’ve read. I find nearly all the books I read, bring something to me. I love the vacation of any fiction book because I believe that all fiction is fantasy in its own right. I personally have a distinct love of ancient literature of any kind. I enjoy the glimpse into ancient cultures…it gives me idea of how we became who we are today because every writer puts a piece of themselves into their work. The cryptic code lies in the words which are often times undecipherable, but none the less there.