If you’re on Facebook, then you would know that there are dozens of challenges posted on daily basis. One of the current challenges is to post your top 10 favorite books. Asking a book lover this question is akin to asking a parent to name their favorite child. Nevertheless, I accepted the challenge and listed my favorites. It’s near impossible for me to rank them, so here they are in no particular order:
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – this introduced the world to two of the most iconic figures in literature – Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.
- Not Without Laughter– Langston Hughes – this semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age story about growing up in the Midwest in the early 1900s’ was Hughes’ first novel.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston – who doesn’t love this book?
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – one of the best portrayals of the old adage that money can’t buy love or happiness.
- The Odyssey – Homer – one of the greatest epics ever written.
- Go Tell It On the Mountain – James Baldwin – this semi-autobiography is considered by many as one of the best novels written in the 20th century.
- Trick Baby – Iceberg Slim – Either Donald Goines or Iceberg Slim can be considered the original Bard of the Ghetto, though Slim is my preference.
- Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume – this should be required reading for every girl entering into puberty. Otherwise, how else will they learn how to increase their bust?
- Indigo – Beverly Jenkins – just about any of her books can be on this list, but this one holds a special place in my book heart.
- Gumbo Ya-Ya Folk Tales of Louisiana – various – this anthology, written as part of the Louisiana Writers’ Program in the 1930s, includes legends and customs, as well as folk tales on topics ranging from the Loup Garou (the Cajun boogeyman), Voodoo, to Mardi Gras, and more.
This challenge is not as easy as it seems. Even as I write this, I’m thinking of several books that could replace any of the aforementioned. If you ask me this question tomorrow or next week, I may provide an entirely different list. You’re up next for this challenge.