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Here are 20 of our favorite literary top 10 lists, from the AbeBooks staff and some of our other favorite bookish spots. Happy reading!

Charlotte′s Web by E.B. White

10 Beloved Animals in Fiction

(Source: AbeBooks)
  1. Charlotte the grey spider from Charlotte′s Web by E.B. White
  2. Wilbur the pig from Charlotte′s Web by E.B. White
  3. The Doubtful Guest from Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  4. Hobbes the tiger, from the Calvin & Hobbes comic strips by Bill Watterson
  5. All of the insects from James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  6. Goopy and Bagha, the Plentimaw Fish from Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  7. Pigwidgeon (Pig) from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
  8. Jonathan from Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  9. Clover the horse from Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. Bodger the Bull Terrier from The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

10 Tales of the American Frontier

(source: The Guardian)
  1. Roughing It
    Mark Twain
  2. My Antonia
    Willa Cather
  3. The Plains Across
    John D Unruh
  4. Close Range
    Annie Proulx
  5. The Crossing
    Cormac McCarthy
  6. Little House on the Prairie
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
  7. Little Big Man
    Thomas Berger
  8. Mollie: the Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford 1857-66
    Mollie Sanford
  9. The Last of the Mohicans
    James Fenimore Cooper
  10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo′s Nest
    Ken Kesey



The Underground Man by Mick Jackson

10 Underground Reads

(source: the Guardian)
  1. Moonfleet
    J Meade Falkner
  2. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    Jules Verne
  3. The Underground Man
    Mick Jackson
  4. The Subterranean Railway
    Christian Wolmar
  5. The Lore of the Land
    Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson
  6. Haweswater
    Sarah Hall
  7. The Dig
    John Preston
  8. Selected Caves of Britain and Ireland
    Des Marshall & Donald Rust
  9. A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
    Daniel Defoe
  10. The Time Machine
    HG Wells
The Van by Roddy Doyle

10 Recession Reads

(source: AbeBooks)
  1. The Van
    Roddy Doyle
  2. Three Dollars
    Elliot Perlman
  3. Oliver Twist
    Charles Dickens
  4. Mr. Phillips
    John Lanchester
  5. Water for Elephants
    Sara Gruen
  6. The Prince and the Pauper
    Mark Twain
  7. Last Night at the Lobster
    Stewart O′Nan
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Roald Dahl
  9. A Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens
  10. A Fine Balance
    Rohinton Mistry
Star of the Sea by Joseph O′Connor

10 Potato Books

(Source: the Guardian)
  1. History and Social Influence of the Potato
    Redcliffe Salaman
  2. The Flounder
    Gunter Grass
  3. Star of the Sea
    Joseph O′Connor
  4. The Great Hunger
    Cecil Woodham-Smith
  5. Feast and Famine: Food and Nutrition in Ireland 1500-1920
    LA Clarkson & E Margaret Crawford
  6. The Potato
    WG Burton
  7. The Potato: Evolution, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
    JG Hawkes
  8. Hunting the Wild Potato in the South American Andes
    JG Hawkes
  9. England′s Happiness Increased
    John Forster
  10. Potato Cookbooks
    Take your pick
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

10 Books that Make Me Hungry

(source: AbeBooks)
  1. Like Water for Chocolate
    Laura Esquivel
  2. Kitchen
    Banana Yoshimoto
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Roald Dahl
  4. The Godfather
    Mario Puzo
  5. The Malory Towers series
    Enid Blyton
  6. The Mrs. Pollifax Books
    Dorothy Gilman
  7. The Little House books
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
  8. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    Barbara Kingsolver
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Roald Dahl
  10. Fried Green Tomatoes
    Fannie Flagg



Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

10 Most Disturbing Books of All Time

(source: popcrunch.com)
  1. Blindness
    Jose Saramago
  2. Requiem for a Dream
    Hubert Selby Jr.
  3. Naked Lunch
    William S. Burroughs
  4. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Lionel Shriver
  5. The Road
    Cormac McCarthy
  6. American Psycho
    Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Johnny Got His Gun
    Dalton Trumbo
  8. The 120 Days of Sodom
    Marquis de Sade
  9. The Turner Diaries
    Andrew MacDonald
  10. The Girl Next Door
    Jack Ketchum
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

Top 10 Comedic Science Fiction Novels

(source: theendoftheuniverse.ca)
  1. The Hitch-hiker′s Guide to the Galaxy
    Douglas Adams
  2. The Stainless Steel Rat
    Harry Harrison
  3. Discworld
    Terry Pratchett
  4. A Scanner Darkly
    Philip K Dick
  5. Slaughterhouse Five
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  6. Venus On The Half-Shell
    Kilgore Trout
  7. Riverworld
    Philip Jose Farmer
  8. Ringworld
    Larry Niven
  9. Colony
    Rob Grant
  10. Backwards
    Rob Grant
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

10 Books that Would Make Good Movies

(source: savvyreader.typepad.com)
  1. The Political Drama:
    The Weight of a Mustard Seed
    Wendell Steavenson
  2. The Period Piece:
    The Other Queen
    Philippa Gregory
  3. The Blockbuster:
    Next
    Michael Crichton
  4. The Foreign Film:
    First Darling of the Morning
    Thrity Umrigar
  5. The Action/Drama:
    Bel Canto
    Ann Patchett
  6. The Biopic:
    Love, Janis
    Laura Joplin
  7. The War Story:
    Lizzie′s War
    Tim Farrington
  8. The Romantic Comedy:
    Getting Rid of Matthew
    Jane Fallon
  9. The Art House Indie:
    Clara Callan
    Richard B. Wright
  10. The Noirish Crime Flick:
    Darkness and the Stroke of Noon
    Dennis Richard Murphy
The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts by Robert Boyle

10 Most Expensive Irish-Authored Books Ever Sold on AbeBooks.com

(source: AbeBooks.com)
  1. The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts - $18,500
    Robert Boyle
  2. Ulysses - $10,000
    James Joyce
  3. The Screwtape Letters - $9,097
    CS Lewis
  4. George Bernard Shaw′s Typewriter - $8,219
    John Lanchester
  5. Out of the Silent Planet - $7,950
    CS Lewis
  6. Tales Told of Shem and Shaun - $7,500
    James Joyce
  7. A House of Pomegranates - $6,507
    Oscar Wilde
  8. Ulysses - $6,500
    James Joyce
  9. The Querist - $6,305
    George Berkeley
  10. The Silver Chair - $5,645
    CS Lewis
The Bible by Various Authors

10 Books in Which Things End Badly

(source: the Guardian)
  1. The Bible
    Various Authors
  2. Doctor Faustus
    Christopher Marlowe
  3. Villette
    Charlotte Bronte
  4. Metamorphosis
    Franz Kafka
  5. The Wide Sargasso Sea
    Jean Rhys
  6. The War of the End of the World
    Mario Vargas Llosa
  7. American Psycho
    Bret Easton Ellis
  8. Heaven′s Edge
    Romesh Gunesekera
  9. Private Peaceful
    Michael Morpurgo
  10. Sheepshagger
    Niall Griffiths
The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

Top 10 Books Borrowed from Scottish Libraries

(source: news.bbc.co.uk)
  1. The Naming of the Dead
    Ian Rankin
  2. The Overlook
    Michael Connelly
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    JK Rowling
  4. At Risk
    Patricia Cornwell
  5. Cross
    James Patterson
  6. Judge and Jury
    James Patterson & Andrew Gross
  7. The Quickie
    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
  8. Death′s Door
    Quintin Jardine
  9. Echo Park
    Michael Connelly
  10. The 6th Target
    James Patterson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Stephen King′s Top 10 Picks for 2008

(source: ew.com)
  1. The Good Guy
    Dean Koontz
  2. Old Flames
    Jack Ketchum
  3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    Stieg Larsson
  4. Hollywood Crows
    Joseph Wambaugh
  5. Heartsick/Sweetheart
    Chelsea Cain
  6. Nixonland
    Rick Perlstein
  7. The Tenderness of Wolves
    Stef Penney
  8. When Will There Be Good News?
    Kate Atkinson
  9. The Garden of Last Days
    Andre Dubus III
  10. The Novels of Robert Goddard
    Robert Goddard
Missing by Karin Alvtegen

Top 10 Scandinavian Crime Novels

(source: the Guardian)
  1. The Mind′s Eye
    Håkan Nesser
  2. Blackwater
    Kerstin Ekman
  3. Missing
    Karin Alvtegen
  4. Sun Storm
    Åsa Larsson
  5. The Fifth Woman
    Henning Mankell
  6. Unseen
    Mari Jungstedt
  7. Shame
    Karin Alvtegen
  8. Echoes from the Dead
    Johan Theorin
  9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Stieg Larsson
  10. Midvinterblod
    Mons Kallentoft

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