My All-Time Favourite Books

Writing this list has made me come over all sentimental. I’m sorry for the vomit inducing language, but I’m finding it hard to put into words how some of these books are entwined with my life, it’s like thinking about your favourite toys as a child (I still have that brown Fisher Price tape player somewhere at home, no one in my family will throw it away!)

So here are some of my favourite books… I’m not going to say all, because I will wake up tomorrow and remember about ten more that I forgot. This is the top of the list so far though:

Daphne Du Marier’s Rebecca – it’s ace, just so good. Read it!

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – There are no words for the amazingness of this trilogy.

Nick Horby’s About A Boy – I distinctly remember reading this when I was quite young and it was probably the first “grown up” book I read. It’s great and funny and… yeah, great.

Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair – I love pretty much everything written by Jasper Fforde but it was this book, his first novel, that has a special place in my heart (vom).

J K Rowling – Harry Potter – I know it’s a massive literary faux pas to list Harry Potter in your favourite books lists, but I grew up with these books and just love them, ok? I was pretty upset when I’d read the first one and realised I’d never get to go to Hogwarts.

Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone – What’s funny is that I liked this book when I first read it, but I LOVED it when I re-read it. It’s such a great plot, and really ahead of it’s time – a forerunner to all detective mysteries, of which I am particularly fond.

Mervyn Peake – Titus Alone – Everyone remembers Gormenghast but for me, the first book in the trilogy is the best. The characters are fantastic, I was totally immersed in the whole world, and still like to revisit it regularly. Fuchsia and Steerpike are my favourite characters, they’re just so fabulously grotesque and well written, they leap off the pages.

Oscar Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest – I know it’s a play, but I could read this over and over again until the end of time. So funny and charming and witty. If I was stuck on a desert island and could take only one book, it might very well have to be The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, although I suppose I could just take a Kindle and have hundreds of books with me…

This page will grow as I remember more great books! There are too many, I lose track! Going to check my bookshelf now for inspiration….


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