My friend, Sarah Sumner, just e-mailed me asking: “What are your 10 favorite books? I’m developing a ‘Read before you die’ list for myself.”

Sooo, here’s my best attempt (in random order) . . .

*Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

*Everything by C. S. Lewis

*The Bridge To Terabithia by Katharine Patterson

*To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

*Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

*The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach

*The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

*The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

*Watership Down by Richard Adams

*The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

*Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

*The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

*Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Okay, a few more than 10 and done very quickly.

Now, what are the best books you’ve ever read?