New Feature: Top 5 lists

I love to play the game “Top Five…” which is of course inspired by the novel “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby (upon which was based the 2000 movie of the same name starring John Cusack).  I want to play it here on a once-a-week basis, and hopefully some of my readers will be inspired to add their responses in the comment section!


  1. Your list is not set in stone.  If five minutes after you get off the computer you remember a fruit you like better than kumquats and want to go back and modify it, that’s perfectly okay.  So don’t avoid answering just because you think we’ll hold you to your answer forever and ever.
  2. Answers on a list are in no particular order, unless you indicate otherwise.  In other words, you don’t have to think of your five favorite pizza toppings AND THEN decide which one should be #1, because order will be assumed not to matter.
  3. If you need to add a #6 and #7 because you just love too many actresses and don’t want to hurt any of their little feelings by leaving them out, feel free.  Go nuts.  As long as there is a little space left over in cyberspace for the rest of us when you’re done, knock yourself out.
  4. If you HATE the thing, like say the list is Top Five favorite flowers and you wish all flowers were extinct, then you can indicate at the top of your list that it is your Top Five Despised flowers or some such.  

(As an aside, does anyone have an opinion on whether I should provide my list when I announce the Top Five? Joy shows such great restraint in not answering her own Question of the Day right away over on her blog but on the other hand, someone has to go first, so I figured I would just start us off.)   

Now that we’ve established the rules of the game… wanna play?

In honor of Nick Hornby, let’s start with your Top Five Books.

My Top Five Books:

1. Escape From Mexico by Lewis Horton

2. West with the Night by Beryl Markham

3. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse

4. Les Bouts de Bois de Dieu (God’s Bits of Wood) by Sembène Ousmane

5. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Okay, I guess I might have honored Hornby a bit more by including him on my list… suffice it to say that I love all the books of his that I’ve read!  I highly recommend them!  He would be #6… I swear!


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11 responses to “New Feature: Top 5 lists

  1. Goodness, you started off with something HARD. And I now have to check out your #1-4. I can say I have read The Little Prince (and loved it.)

    Top 5 Books I’ve read in the last 3-4 months:
    1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
    2. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
    3. Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
    5. Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
    4. The Crime Writer – Gregg Hurwitz

  2. stacybuckeye

    Top 5 EVER? Tough one.
    1. Jane Eyre- Bronte
    2. Confederacy of Dunces- Toole
    3. Miracle of Minfulness- Thich Nhat Hanh
    4. The Outlanders series- Gabaldon
    5. The Harry Potter series- Rowling (this probably won’t hold up, but I loved little Harry)

    I’ll have to add some of your faves to my reading list, I’ve not read any of them.

  3. Hey, this is an unexpected benefit… I’ve got a whole list of books I’ve never heard of to investigate! (p.s. Stacy, your #3 almost made it onto my top 5, he is an amazingly wise fellow…)

  4. Joy

    Peyton Place-Grace Metalious
    To Kill A Mockingbird-Haper Lee
    Bridges of Madison County-Robert James Waller
    It-Stephan King
    Kane and Able-Jeffrey Archer

  5. Joy

    I can’t leave East of Eden by John Steinbeck off the list

  6. Joy- I’m glad you are taking full advantage of rule #3! 🙂

  7. Joy

    I’m such a rebel!!!!!

  8. stacybuckeye

    Well, if Joy’s doing it I’m adding To Kill a Mockingbird as #6!

  9. 1. The Secret Garden- Francis Hodgson Burnett
    2. Rhapsody- Elizabeth Haydon
    3. Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
    4. Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling

    6. *runner up* The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger

    And I’m absolutely positive I will think of ten more by the end of the night (like Jane Eyre, Separate Peace, Lord of the Flies… 😀 )

  10. Joy

    Gone With The Wind-Margaret Mitchell

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. Your going to be sorry you asked this question!! LOL!!!

  11. I refuse to retract rule #3, no matter how many books you add!!!

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