Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Musings - The Best Books

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the ‘best’ books'.

There’s been some discussion on my blog this week about what should or shouldn’t make a ‘best' books’ list. What elements do you think lands a book in that ‘best’ category? Think of your top 5 best books and tune in next week to see the collated list.

For me, the "best" book is one that is difficult to put down. A book that even when I have to go to work or be out of the house, I can't wait to pick up the book again. It's a book that I literally cannot put down. Another element that has to be there - a book that makes me cry or laugh (whatever is appropriate, of course - LOL). Also, the characters must be people I really care about. If I don't care about them, then I can't really care about the story.

In order for it to be the "best", it has to really touch my heart and keep me thinking about it long after I finish reading the book.

Now, to actually pick out books that I thought were the "best", is hard, but I'll try to come up with a few...

1) Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
2) 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber (I love all the books in her Cedar Cove series, but I figured I would just list her first for this question.)
3) First to Die by James Patterson (The first book in his Women's Murder Club series, but I could really have listed any of the first 6 that I have read.)
4) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (The first book in her Stephanie Plum series - once again, I could have listed any of the first 13 I read.)
5) Cat on the Edge by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Another series of books, this was my first introduction to cat mysteries.

None of my books are literary classics, but they are all books I truly loved and wanted to keep reading. They all made me happy and gave me several hours of relaxation.

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  1. well, I have read on of them...the first Evanovich, although it was long, long ago.
    but cats...have can an all time best have cats? lol

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who did what THEY thought made the best books (not just what should be considered "best" to make a generalized list)...

    PS... I love the cat pictures you always post with your MM! :P Today's is too funny! (I'm a huge kitty fan, so these always make me smile). ;)


  3. I can't list 5, the others will get jealous. [Here's Mine].

  4. I think it's important that we're not all picking the Classics. :) My list is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. Uh oh. I'm picking classics. I guess I do like them the best too. Your list sounds great as well. Mine is at


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