Just Ten of The Greatest Page Turners Your Bookshelf Possesses Today Are?

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I am sure we have all read hundreds of books over the years … fiction and non – fiction alike – however if l asked you for a list of ten, not twenty or thirty or forty and so on, but just a list of ten of some of your favourited books that are on your bookshelves today, what would you list?

This is asking for a list of ten only okay.

Yes of course, there are hundreds, how could you choose just ten? Because that is all l am asking for – so you’ll have to exercise some moderations ….

I was also giving this some additional thought … l don’t know how many books l have read since l first started reading for myself as opposed to having stories read to me by my mother. But l did start reading books on my own at a fairly young age and by around the age of maybe 7 or 8 l was really getting into the hang of reading and thoroughly enjoying the escape through it all, so that by my early teenager years l was chomping through ‘books at a very fast rate indeed and by 12 or 13 l was at reading on average 8 books a week and these were usually Pan Ghost Stories, Fontana Horrors or cheap detective stories.

In my later teens l had slowed due to work and life and was maybe only reading 3 or 4 a week, and all the way through my twenties l was reading mostly self – help, self – improvement, training guides, astrology and strange phenomena books at the rate of 4 a month. From my mid thirties until my later forties l was reading from an eclectic range of books at the rate of 2 a week. From my fifties to a couple of years ago l was reading maybe 3 books a week.

But by the time l hit 55 until recently, l found l had no passion for fiction which used to be a true love and was only reading non-fiction books at the rate of 3 a month. Although recently l started to ‘speed read again – and that is once more with business books …

It would be very hard to say how many books l have read over the years, but at a push l guess it is in the high hundreds and then realistically as l have aged, l suppose the average might be 8 – 11 books a year.

The average book count for a ‘typical bookworm’ is around 12 a year and people feel guilty all the time, ‘I must read more’ and l don’t hold with that … you read when you can and what you can, but don’t punish yourself if you don’t hit x, y an z in target figures people forget how much they read and absorb daily on the Internet.

I read an article quite recently which said ‘and quite understandably perhaps given the circumstances’ that the most favoured past times during the height of the pandemic were exercise, fitness and reading,

Reading had leapt into high figures for 2020 and yet in the previous year, the average true book count in comparison to those who love to gently stroke to inflate their book reading figures was around 10 books a year from said typical bookworm. There are lots of interesting articles covering this subject alone, should you wish to seek them out as they make for ‘interesting reading’.

All that aside, my list of Ten Favourited Books on my Bookshelves Today are …

Book TitleAuthor
Bimbo and TopsyEnid Blyton
The Magic Faraway TreeEnid Blyton
Smokey Joe The Fish Eater John O’Grady
FlukeJames Herbert
Buster’s Secret DiariesRoy Hattersley
The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingKen Robinson
NeuroTribes – The Legacy of Autism …Steve Silberman
On WritingStephen King
ContagiousJonah Berger
Attention – This Book Will Make You MoneyJim F Kukral

Let me know yours below, or should you wish to create a post of your own feel free. But please remember … it’s just ten.

26 thoughts on “Just Ten of The Greatest Page Turners Your Bookshelf Possesses Today Are?

  1. Not sure if my list went through… HRH bumped me🤷🏼‍♀️ this is possibly a duplicate comment

    Stephen King

    The Gunslinger
    The Drawing Of The Three
    The Waste Lands
    Wizard And Glass
    Wolves Of The Calla
    Song Of Susannah
    The Dark Tower

    JRR Tolkien

    The Fellowship Of The Ring
    The Two Towers
    Return Of The King

    1. Hey Grandma, only one comment came through 🙂

      Good list , l have read of that .. 5 l think, the three JRR’s and Dark Tower and The Gunslinger 🙂

  2. The only one I’ve heard of from your list is On Writing. My bookshelf is pretty barren right now, but here goes…
    -Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion by Jane Austin
    -Wuthering Heights by Emiily Brontë
    -Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    -a couple of favourites from childhood: Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery and These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    -And the Mountains Echoed and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    -The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

  3. 12 a year??? Often I will start a book or two and not finish them but I read, start to finish at least 2 books a WEEK. Sometimes more. I grant you I am retired and don’t have a life, nor am I reading great literature (well maybe occasionally) but no self-respecting ‘bookworm’ reads only 12 books a year…

    1. The Typical Bookworm Grace – l know people that would struggle or even feel inclined to read 1 book a year let alone 10 or 12.

      Circumstances of course reflect heavily in reading. not everyone has time to read continuously with work or kids or just plain tiredness. I used to read many books a year, and now l don’t have always the inclination nor even the need to read just for the sake of relaxing reading … however typical bookworms will read differently to word eating monsters 🙂

  4. Ten that enthralled me at certain times of my life: The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four (Orwell), Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury), Lord of the Flies (Golding), Rabbit Run (Updike), Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut), A Walk in the Woods (Bryson), Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (Krakauer)

    1. Hey Geoff, now that is a great list of books for a shelf and of that list over the years l have read 8 of those with the two that l have not being … Into Thin Air and Rabbit Run 🙂

  5. Making Choices, Alexandra Stoddard
    Elizabeth and her German Garden, Elizabeth Von Arnim
    Gift of the the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
    Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach
    Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
    Beauty, John O’Donohue
    A House with Four Rooms, Rumer Godden
    Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand
    Fires of Spring, James Michener

    I chose without looking! Ten. Just ten ☺️ It wasn’t easy but it sure was fun! I’ve actually changed the way I’ve been reading lately. ☺️

    1. Hey Suzanne, a fabulous list indeed, and looking at them …. l have read, mm Winnie the Pooh, Cannery Row and Gift of the the Sea so 3 only – cracking list 🙂

      1. Thank you Rory, Gift of the Sea is an annual read for me. so… have you ever tried a beer milkshake?? I had to out of pure curiosity. I made it like a root beer float. 😂only with beer instead.

        1. Hey Suzanne, l can honestly say no l haven’t, l am not a big fan of beers in the first place – although a friend of mine used to make Guiness milkshakes for breakfast and l had a sup of that once and was unwell for the rest of the day 🙂

        2. Hey Rory, mine didn’t make me unwell but one was enough and I definitely wouldn’t want a steady diet of them 😂. Cannery Row is an all time favorite of mine – there are a thousand different ways to be in this world and that’s ok (excluding harmful behavior of course). We each have a place and who we are is good. ☺️

        3. I can give you two answers here Suzanne .. 1] the bland one – this is simply a great read or 2] the true one … l was sitting on the toilet in 2015 and l was reading this book and l was simply blown away by the content in the first 20 pages and then for the remainder of the book … l could just relate to everything he wrote and l ran with it – it was inspirational 🙂

          Up to you which answer you want 🙂

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