Top 5

This is a complete listing of all the Top 5 Lists (occasional top 10) published on Thoughtful Tomes.

Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited) 

  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
  2. Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell
  3. Shadow of the Moon-MM Kaye
  4. The Deception of the Emerald Ring-Lauren Willig
  5. Redeeming Love-Francine Rivers 

Top 5 Disney Animated Films

  1. Robin Hood (1973)
  2. Aladdin (1992)
  3. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  4. The Lion King (1994)
  5. Beauty and The Beast (1991)

Children’s Books with Strong Male Characters

Children’s Books with  Strong Heroines

Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

  1. The Age of Adaline (2015)
  2. The Princess Bride (1987)
  3. Stardust (2007)
  4. Cinderella (2015)
  5. The Red Shoes (1948)

Top 5 Television Shows 

  1. Fringe
  2. Sherlock
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. Justified
  5. Agent Carter

Top 5 Movies I Have Watched Recently 

  1. Zootopia (March 2016)
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (March 2016)
  3. Captain America: Civil War (May 2016)
  4. The Fundamentals of Caring (June 2016)
  5. Emma (2009)

Top 5 Wedding Movies

  1. Father of the Bride (1991)
  2. The Princess Bride (1987)
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  4. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  5. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Top 5 American History Children’s Novels

  1. Carry on Mr. Bowditch-Jean Lee Latham
  2. Calico Bush-Rachel Field
  3. Wait for Me, Watch for Me Eula Bee-Patricia Beatty
  4. The Sign of the Beaver-Elizabeth George Speare
  5. Moonshiner’s Son-Carolyn Reeder

Top 5 Under Appreciated Disney Movies

  1. Iron Will
  2. The North Avenue Irregulars
  3. The Parent Trap
  4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  5. The Apple Dumpling Gang

Top 5 Movies Based on Books

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. 101 Dalmatians (Animated)
  4. Gone With the Wind
  5. Schindler’s List 

Top 5 Anticipated Upcoming Movie Releases

  1. Spectre
  2. In the Heart of the Sea
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. The Revenant
  5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2

Top 5 Romantic Comedies

  1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  2. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  3. Hitch (2005)
  4. Leap Year (2010)
  5. Love Actually (2003)

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books

  1. Teasing Secrets from the Dead-Emily Craig
  2. Standing Next to History-Joseph Petro
  3. Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief-Bill Mason & Lee Gruenfeld
  4. Vanya: A true story of Ivan Moiseyev, persecuted for his faith-Myrna Grant
  5.  Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History-Scott Andrew Selby

Top 5 Weirdest Books I Have Read

  1. Symphony of AgesElizabeth Haydon
  2. Tide Lord Quadrilogy-Jennifer Fallon
  3. Tears of Artamon Trilogy-Sarah Ash
  4. God Emperor of Dune-Frank Herbert
  5. The Gormenghast SeriesMervyn Peake

Top 5 Fairy Tale Origins

  1. Little Red Riding Hood
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Rapunzel
  4. Cinderella
  5. Snow White 

Top 5 Books With a Strong Heroine

  1. Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
  2. The Help-Kathryn Stockett
  3. Outlander-Diana Gabaldon
  4. Atlas Shrugged-Ayn Rand
  5. Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell

Top 5 Dinosaur Novels

  1. Jurassic Park-Michael Crichton
  2. The Lost World-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth-Jules Verne
  4. The Land that Time Forgot-Edgar Rice Burroughs
  5.  Dinosaur Planet– Anne McCaffrey

Top 5 Stephen Lawhead Novels

  1. Avalon: The Return of King Arthur
  2. Patrick: Son of Ireland
  3. The Silver Hand (Song of Albion #2)
  4. Hood (King Raven Trilogy #1)
  5. Byzantium

Top 5 Daphne du Maurier Novels

  1. Rebecca
  2. My Cousin Rachel
  3. Jamaica Inn
  4. Frenchman’s Creek
  5. The House on the Strand

Top 5 Anticipated Summer Releases

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J Maas
  2. The Invasion of the Tearling-Erika Johansen
  3. The Other Daughter-Lauren Willig
  4. Seveneves-Neal Stephenson
  5. The Heart of Betrayal-Mary E Pearson

Top 5 Harry Potter Films

  1. Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban– Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  2. Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix-Directed by David Yates
  3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2-Directed by David Yates
  4. Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire-Directed by Mike Newell
  5. Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince-Directed by David Yates

Top 5 Star Wars Novels

  1. The Thrawn Trilogy-Timothy Zahn
  2. The New Jedi Order-Various  
  3. I,Jedi-Michael Stackpole
  4. The Darth Bane Trilogy- Drew Karpyshyn
  5. Young Jedi Knight Academy– Kevin J Anderson

Top 5 Novels to Read at the Beach

  1. The Forgotten Garden-Kate Morton
  2. The Rose Garden- Susanna Kearsley
  3. The Perfume Collector-Kathleen Tessaro
  4. The Ashford Affair-Lauren Willig
  5. A Hundred Summers– Beatriz Williams

Top 5 Novellas

  1. A Christmas Carol-Charles Dickens
  2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. The Call of the Wild-Jack London
  4. Flowers for Algernon-Daniel Keyes
  5. Skipping Christmas-John Grisham

Top 5 Classic Children Novels 

  1. Carry on Mr. Bowditch– Jean Lee Latham
  2. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler– E. L. Konigsburg
  3. Anne of Green Gables-LM Montgomery
  4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain
  5. Where the Red Fern Grows-Wilson Rawls 

Top 5 Fairy Tale Novels

  1. Stardust-Neil Gaiman
  2. The Princess and the Goblin-George MacDonald
  3. Till We Have Faces-CS Lewis
  4. Five Hundred Kingdoms Series-Mercedes Lackey
  5. The Lunar Chronicles– Marissa Meyer

Top 5 Standalone Novels

  1. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society-Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
  2. Chesapeake-James Michener
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha-Arthur Golden
  5. Nine Coaches Waiting-Mary Stewart

Top 5 Horse Novels

  1. Seabiscuit: An American Legend-Laura Hillenbrand
  2. Secretariat: The Making of a Champion– William Nack
  3. Black Beauty– Anna Sewell
  4. King of the Wind– Marguerite Henry
  5. Man o’War-Walter Farley

Top 5 Ghost Novels

  1. Rebecca– Daphne du Maurier
  2. The Turn of the Screw– Henry James
  3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow-Washington Irving
  4. The Woman in White– Wilkie Collins
  5. The Thirteenth Tale– Diane Setterfield

Top 5 Romantic Novels

  1. Persuasion-Jane Austen 
  2. Jane Eyre-Charlotte Brontë
  3. The Girl You Left Behind-Jojo Moyes
  4. A Spear of Summer Grass-Deanna Raybourn 
  5. The Deception of the Emerald Ring-Lauren Willig

Top 5 Historical Fiction Series

  1. The Amelia Peabody Series-Elizabeth Peters
  2.  The Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Series-Anne Perry
  3. Miss Marple-Agatha Christie
  4. The Dolphin Ring Cycle Series-Rosemary Sutcliff
  5. Stonewycke-Michael Phillips & Judith Pella

Top 5 Anthologies

  1. Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Works-Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964- Edited by Robert Silverberg
  3. The Best American Noir of the Century– James Ellroy & Otto Penzler
  4. The Martian Chronicles and Other Stories-Ray Bradbury
  5. The Giant Book of Myths and Legends-Edited by Mike Ashley

Top 5 Post-Apocalyptic YA Trilogies

  1. The Queen of the Tearling-Erika Johansen
  2. The Maze Runner-James Dashner
  3. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
  4. Earth Girl-Janet Edwards
  5. Under the Never Sky-Veronica Rossi

Top 5 Pirate Novels

  1. Treasure Island– Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Pirate Latitudes-Michael Crichton
  3. Robinson Crusoe-Daniel Defoe
  4. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle-Avi
  5. Kidnapped– Robert Louis Stevenson

Top 5 Movies I Regret Watching

  1. King Arthur (2004)–Directed by Antoine Fuqua
  2. Apocalypse Now (1979) -Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  3. Elf (2003)-Directed by Jon Favreau
  4. Transformers (2007)– Directed by Michael Bay
  5. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)-Directed by George Lucas

Top 5 Fantasy Series

  1.  The Wheel of Time-Robert Jordan
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire-George RR Martin
  3. Imager Portfolio-LE Modesitt, Jr
  4. The Earthsea Cycle-Ursula K Le Guin
  5. The Nine Kingdoms-Lynn Kurland

Top 5 Historical Fiction Novels

  1. A Town like Alice-Nevil Shute
  2. Drums along the Mohawk-Walter D. Edmonds
  3. Quo Vadis-Henryk Sienkiewicz   
  4. Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell
  5. The Silver Chalice– Thomas B. Costain

Top 5 Classic Literary Novels

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexandre Dumas
  2. The Complete Adventure of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
  4. War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy
  5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe

Top 5 Time Travel Novels

  1.  Outlander-Diana Gabaldon 
  2. The Time Machine-HG Wells
  3. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court-Mark Twain
  4. The End of Eternity-Isaac Asimov
  5. The River of No Return-Bee Ridgway 

Top 5 Robin Hood Novels

  1. Ivanhoe-Sir Walter Scott
  2. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood-Howard Pyle
  3. The King Raven Trilogy-Stephen R Lawhead
  4. The Sheriff of Nottingham –Richard Kluger
  5. Scarlet Trilogy– AC Gaughen

Top 5 King Arthur Series

  1. The Pendragon Cycle-Stephen R Lawhead
  2. Avalon Series-Marion Zimmer Bradley & Diana L Paxson
  3. The Warlord Chronicles-Bernard Cornwell
  4. Queen of Camelot Trilogy-Nancy McKenzie
  5. The Camulod Chronicles-Jack Whyte

Top 5 Literary Villains

  1. Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes-Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca-Daphne du Maurier
  3. Iago from Othello-William Shakespeare
  4. Jadis, The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia-CS Lewis
  5. Sauron from The Lord of the Rings-JRR Tolkien

Top 5 Books I Regret Reading

  1. Twilight Saga-Stephanie Meyer
  2. Next-Michael Crichton
  3. The Last Mortal Man-Syne Mitchell
  4. Madame Bovary– Gustave Flaubert
  5. Snow– Orhan Pamuk

Top 5 Science Fantasy Series

  1. The Corean Chronicles-LE Modesitt, JR.
  2. The Space Trilogy-CS Lewis
  3. The Dune Saga-Frank Herbert
  4. The Thrawn Trilogy-Timothy Zahn
  5. Incarceron & Sapphique-Catherine Fisher

Top 5 Fantasy Trilogies

  1. The Lord of the Rings-JRR Tolkien
  2. The Kingkiller Chronicle-Patrick Rothfuss
  3. The Song of Albion-Stephen R Lawhead
  4. Mistborn: the Original Trilogy –Brandon Sanderson
  5. The Sevenwaters Trilogy-Juliet Marillier

Top 5 Children’s Fantasy Novels

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth-Norton Juster
  2. Peter Pan-JM Barrie
  3. Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH– Robert C. O’Brien
  4. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory-Roald Dahl
  5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll

Top 10 Books I Wish Were Movies

  1. Last of the BreedLouis L’Amour
  2. The Ashford Affair-Lauren Willig
  3. Crocodile on the SandbankElizabeth Peters
  4. The Witch of Blackbird PondElizabeth George Speare
  5. Wait for me, watch for me, Eula Bee-Patricia Beatty
  6. The Cat of BubastesGA Henty
  7. These is My Words-Nancy Turner
  8. The Winged Watchman-Hilda von Stockum
  9. The Spy Wore Red-Aline, Countess of Romanones
  10. In the Hall of the Dragon King-Stephen Lawhead

Top 10 Favorite Movies

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  3. It Happened One Night (1934)
  4. The Great Escape (1963)
  5. My Favorite Wife (1940)
  6. (Tie): Sabrina (1954)
  7. (Tie): Sabrina (1995)
  8. American Hustle (2013)
  9. The Prestige (2006)
  10. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
  11. (TIE): Avatar (2009)
  12. (TIE): Rebecca (1940)

Top 5 YA Fantasy Series

  1. Throne of Glass-Sarah Maas
  2. The Iron Fey-Julie Kagawa
  3. Seven Realms-Cinda Williams Chima
  4. The Inheritance Cycle-Christopher Paolini
  5. Pellinor-Alison Croggon

Top 5 Children’s Book Series 

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia-C.S. Lewis
  2. Children of the Red King (or the Charlie Bone Series)-Jenny Nimmo
  3. A Wrinkle in Time Quintet- Madeleine L’Engle
  4. Redwall– Brian Jacques
  5. Ranger’s ApprenticeJohn Flanagan

Top 5 Fantasy Novels 

  1. The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Once and Future King-T.H. White
  3. The Name of the Wind-Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Mists of Avalon-Marion Zimmer Bradley
  5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell -Susanna Clarke

Top  5 Science Fiction Novels 

  1. War of the Worlds-H.G. Wells
  2. Starship Troopers– Robert A. Heinlein
  3. Ender’s Game-Orson Scott Card
  4. Nightfall-Isaac Asimov
  5. Left Hand of Darkness-Ursula Le Guin

Top 5 Dystopian Novels 

  1. 1984-George Orwell
  2. Brave New World– Aldous Huxley
  3. Handmaidens Tale-Margaret Atwood
  4. The Giver-Lois Lowry
  5. A Clockwork Orange– Anthony Burgess

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