This is the current meme going around the social networks. You're supposed to list the first ten that come to mind, but pfffft, I revised after some thought.
In no particular order:
1. Dune by Frank Herbert. The first real science fiction novel I ever read. Made me a fan of the genre. Still among my top ten favorites.
2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It probably helps that the year I read it, Apocalypse Now was released.
3. No Fight, No Biting by Else Homelund Minarik with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. I still like this book.
4. Green Eggs and Ham. I didn't like it, but it's the book I was looking at when the whole reading thing clicked into place. I didn't want to go to sleep that night because I was scared I'd forget how to read during the night and the thought of that devastated me.
5. The Harry Potter series. This is my first cheat. But if I list the series book by book, I use seven slots on this limited list, and that simply isn't going to happen.
6. Gun, With Occasional Music (tied with As She Crawled Across the Table) by Johnathan Latham
7. Glass Books of the Dream Eaters/The Dark Volume/Chemikal Marriage by Gordon Dahlquist because they are one book in three parts in my mind. And because I'm cheating again and listing a series as a single book.
8. The Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Aurthur Conan Doyle. truthfully, I listed Agatha Christie here first, but I have a difficult time remembering individual stories beyond And Then There Were None and Murder of the Oriental Express, whereas I can remember almost every Holmes story as distinct.
9. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. But you could put any of his books here because I love them equally.
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle because it is brilliant and horrible as only Shirley Jackson can write.
and because ten is a silly limit:
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it really is that good.
12. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Koninsberg because I really identified with a girl who wanted to escape the horrible fate of being a girl.
13.Kiln People by David Brin because science fiction and a mystery! Great concept. Have to admit the ending draggggggggged.
14. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
15. The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
And my top two for 2013
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson
The reason I'm not including them in the rest of my list is that it's too soon to say if they'll stay with me.