IT IS MY BIRTHDAY.
I threatened to do this. I said in my September wrap-up, hey, I might be self-obsessed enough to post about my own birthday. And I spoke the truth. I am more attention-starved and self-obsessed than anyone can possibly imagine. I am limitless. It’s like a superpower, except lame and vaguely upsetting.
Here is a series of things I love in this world: lists, books, myself, favorites, blogging. Excluding cookies, comedy, and Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again (2018), that about covers it. So I thought, how can I combine all of these things into one perfect birthday gift to my damn self?
Oh, yes. It’s happening.
WE’RE MAKING A WHOLE NEW FAVORITES LIST, BOI.
A while back, I listed my twenty favorite books of all time, but people live and learn and grow and read new books. But also they have class and midterms and not enough time, so they need to make a new list but also it needs to be shorter.
So, without further ado. Here are my ten favorite books ever in the history of the world and everything I have ever read except for books I checked out from the library in elementary and middle school and no longer remember but can’t really imagine would have been all that excellent anyway and probably/definitely not good enough for me to include in a top ten list so exclusive as this one.
Great title, right? Rolls off the tongue.
Honorable mentions here!
The Little Prince
This book is so beautiful and I love it in English and I love it in French and it’s also like 4 pages long so you can read it a million times if you need to catch up on your reading challenge.
I don’t know. It’s just a lovely story. Also I love flowers and stars and French stuff and children’s books so this is a real dream for me.
I’ll Give You the Sun
This is one of those books where I feel like I should scream about it all the time and honestly I don’t know why I don’t. Maybe I should just devote the rest of my human existence to shouting about this book?
This book is so beautiful and it made me…feel things? Which never happens?? And I loved the characters, which…also never happens?
All I know is I’m going to write Jandy Nelson a letter every day asking when the hell her next book is finally coming out.
Six of Crows
Here is the thing about this book: I assumed it wasn’t that good.
I read it in like 2015 and I liked it then, but a) I liked everything I read, b) I definitely liked everything that everyone else liked (#desperate to fit in!!), and c) I was untrustworthy and dumb.
Good news: I reread it recently and it was so f*cking good. Like, unfairly good. @Leigh Bardugo: MORE PLEASE.
A Million Junes
When I first read this book, I four starred it, and then I reread it and it made me tear up a little bit on a bus and then I thought, “Uh…I think this might deserve 5 stars.”
And guess what? It totally does and is also one of my favorite books ever and has such amazing characters and is so funny and magical and unique and I just love it so much okay?
And also I adore Emily Henry with everything that I am.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
I loved this book so much that I had to put off reading the last book in the series for MORE THAN A YEAR! Because it would have just made me too sad, okay!!! (But actually it worked out fine because it was such a good book that it almost healed my sadness. Almost.)
I love this world and writing style and magic system and setting and cast of characters but most importantly, and most obviously, I goddamn love Gansey.
The Penultimate Peril
Honorable mentions: Literally every book in A Series of Unfortunate Events
This is my favorite series and we all know it and I’d say we don’t have to go over it again except obviously we do because I will take literally every opportunity to talk about this series that I am ever ever given. And also a lot that I’m not given.
The last time I read the series, this was my favorite one. TBD on this reread. (It’s funny because I’ve been doing “this reread” for like 2 years.)
Pride & Prejudice
Honorable Mentions: Persuasion and Northanger Abbey
I just love Jane Austen so much.
I have an excess of love for her. My heart overfloweth with affection. My favorite of her books changes all the time because how could you ever have just one favorite Austen for your whole life?? You can’t. You have to take turns.
But right now my favorite is Pride & Prejudice.
Everything is Illuminated
I have never read a book like this and I never will again!!
Unless I someday get around to rereading it. Which is honestly seeming unlikely at this point.
Anyway this book is beautiful and unique and that’s all I have to say about it.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
Woomp, there it is.
I imagine that even if this is the first post you’ve read of mine (in which case, welcome and goodbye), or if you have no idea what a book is, or if you have spent your whole human existence residing under a rock and have only recently emerged, you somehow still saw this coming.
I love these books, and I will never stop loving them, and also I will never shut up about them for even one second.
WE DID IT! We made a definitive ranking.
God I love a list. Is there anything more satisfying in this world. (No question mark because that is one HUNDRED percent rhetorical I know the answer thanks so much.)