My Top 10 Favorite Books and More


By: Shirley McLain

My top 10 favorite books to read you are going to cause you to think that I am taking the easy way out when I tell you what they are. I’m a very eclectic reader as well as a writer. One book may be a mystery and the next a fantasy. It’s just whatever strikes my fancy at the time.

My most favorite books are the series by Diane Gabaldon “Outlander.” I could list every book and tell you about each one, but I won’t. The main reason is there are eight of them, so I’ll list the titles. I fell in love over and over with every one of them.  If you haven’t read the books I highly recommend them.

Outlander (1991)

Dragonfly in Amber (1992)

Voyager (1993)

Drums of Autumn (1996)

The Fiery Cross (2001)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)

An Echo in the Bone (2009)

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (2014)

Right now there is a series on TV based on the book series. The books are better, but I continue to watch the series because it brings back those books so vividly to my mind.


My next favorites are the “Harry Potter” series. This series contains seven books by J.K. Rowling. This is a series of fantasy books that shows you how good overcomes evil (very simplistic view). I liked the fact I was able to watch Harry grow from a baby to a young man with children of his own in the movies, but it was more fun letting my imagination run wild while I was reading the books.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S) (UK release: 26/06/97; US release 9/01/98)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK release: 2/07/98; US release 6/02/99)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK release: 8/07/99; US release 9/08/99)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK & US releases: 8/07/00)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK & US releases: 21/06/03)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK & US releases: 16/07/05)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK & US releases: 21/07/07)

Since I’m so into gothic times I loved the architecture of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It would be a great place to live and explore all its hidden rooms.


My next favorite is the “Thorn birds.” Some may think it’s an oldie (1977) by Colleen McCullough. Set primarily on Drogheda—a fictional sheep station in the Australian Outback named after Drogheda, Ireland—the story focuses on the Cleary family and spans the years 1915 to 1969.

There was a TV Series made from this book that I enjoyed also but as with Outlander the book was much better.  I loved the depth of the characters especially, Maggie Cleary and Father Ralph de Bricassart. If you ever get the chance to read this book, I believe you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I have read many books over the years, some more than others. To be honest most of them I can’t remember their names. These I’ve mentioned above are recent memories. If you’re not enjoying the book you are reading, stop reading it. There are too many for anyone not to find something they enjoy reading.

I have published an eBook on Amazon called Princess Adele’s Dragon which is a young adult, fantasy. Check it out at this link:  If you like what you see, it’s free if you belong to Kindle Unlimited.

My latest book is out but only in hard and soft cover at this time. It’s called “Thomas Gomel Learns about Bullying.” I am waiting for the eBook to come out. I was told it would be five of six weeks after the hard copy books were published. This book was written to appeal to both the parent and child in dealing with abuse.  Check this out.

About shirleymclain930

I'm a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I liked adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cat. They are like having a house full of three years olds. Now for the rest of the story. My Granddaughter and her husband now live with us and they have 4 dogs and 4 cats along with a giant Flemish Rabbit. My Granddaughter has now added beautiful, Olivia to our household. My fourth Great Grandchild. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.