1. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy). Swept into the story from the opening line - "All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
2. A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth). Glimpses of Indian history, plus an insight into the dramas of Partition, as well as being a good read.
3. The Lord Of The Rings (JRR Tolkien). Rescued a lonely 12 year old from the miseries of boarding school, transported her to Middle Earth. This book will always be on my Favourites list.
4. Cloudstreet (Tim Winton). I loved this so much I bought a copy for my sister. I hope she read it.
5. Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern series. Any of them. Can't separate them to pick a favourite. The Masterharper of Pern stands out, but to enjoy it, you have to have read the others first anyway.
6. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough). My Creative Writing class teacher stuck her nose up about this book, calling it pulp trash. My teacher's eight books combined had not sold as many copies as this one book. I think she was jealous. It's an epic story, moving from the canefields of northern Queensland to the Vatican, and back, without trouble.
7. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, by Mary Stewart. A series which tells one story, has to be read as a whole. I've left off The Wicked Day even though it is technically part of the same series. Just not up to scratch, as though it was written as an afterthought.
8. Hitchhiker's Guide, which describes itself as a trilogy in five parts. Douglas Adams at his looniest!
9. Watership Down (Richard Adams). A kid's book? Really? Still has a favourite spot on my bookshelf. And it makes you ask yourself the question - just what is the definition of a kid's book anyway?
10. The Iliad/ The Odyssey (Homer). Totally different in style, although that could in part be because my copies were translated by two different people, they still tell a story that resonates down through the ages. Jealousy, betrayal, the whole range of human foibles. And a decent read, too.
Well, that's my top ten. I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's favourites, too.