Tom’s Top 5… Favorite Books!

Tom Osborne’s Love of Literacy

Mainly coming from his teenage years, Tom says that his five favorite books are:


  • The Road Less Traveled
  • Written by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
  • “The Road Less Traveled suggests that we consider taking the alternative route – the metaphorical road that’s filled with bumps, potholes, and possibilities for getting lost. By taking these roads, instead of the easier ones, we’ll become more spiritually enlightened, and will grow in ways that we can’t imagine.”


  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Written by Alexandre Dumas
  • “The Count of Monte Cristo is the story of betrayal, love, and redemption. The story follows Edmund Dantes through imprisonment, freedom, and revenge spanning nearly his entire life. After meeting Abbe Faria, the priest, while imprisoned, Dantes learns the location of the treasure of Monte Cristo.”


  • Written by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • “A Tale of Two Cities tells the stories of two connected families in 18th-century London and Paris, exploring everything from love and loss to murder and family intrigue, thus teaching us about history, ethics, and the complexity of human relationships.”


  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Written by Daniel Defoe
  • “Robinson Crusoe tells the ‘true story’, narrated retrospectively in the first person, of a young Englishman who, against the wishes of his parents, sets sail on a dangerous sea voyage. Daniel Defoe’s novel draws on contemporary travel narratives and tales of real-life castaways, such as Alexander Selkirk.”


  • Moby Dick
  • Written by Herman Melville
  • “Ishmael, who turns to the sea for meaning, relays to the audience the final voyage of the Pequod, a whaling vessel. Amid a story of tribulation, beauty, and madness, the reader is introduced to a number of characters, many of whom have names with religious resonance.”