I love reading; immersing myself in a good book, I can get obsessive.
I’m not one for just reading literary prize worthy books though, I do also enjoy dipping into everyday, entertaining books where you can suspend belief, dream a little and just relax.
For me, the mark of a great book, apart from well-written and engaging words, is the ability for it to surprise me, to marvel in clever observations and complex characters, to make me laugh out loud or simply to feel a sense of bereavement when it comes to an end.
I have lots of favourite books, including children’s books, but I list here ten that I have enjoyed reading more than once, with cracked spines to prove it!
- Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
- The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
- The Picturegoers by David Lodge
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Graham Greene’s Collected Short Stories
- Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- The Crow Road by Iain Banks
- Black Swan by David Mitchell
- Pies & Prejudice by Stuart Maconie
- Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico
I know, that’s 11 books, but there are just too many good ones.
I am currently reading the epic A Game of Thrones series. Fantasy is a totally new genre for me, and I admit I was a bit reluctant at first. But I am glued to the pages due to the sheer, entertaining fantasy of it all and the wonderfully complex cast of characters to love or hate! I only hope that George R.R. Martin writes the next book soon.
Do you have any recommendations for a great book? I don’t want to miss out!