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Top 10 Books (as of 06/01/2013)

I've limited this list to one title per author, as it makes things easier. It's also prone to change at any given time, hence my inclusion of the date I put this list together.

10. Nick Hornby - High Fidelity

What better way to kick off a list of favourite books than with a book about favourite music lists? As a big music fan who also loves compiling lists and mix tapes, I was always going to love and identify with this book.

9. Sarah Winman - When God Was A Rabbit

The placing of this book is probably helped by the fact I read it not too long ago so it's fresh in my mind. I'm sure there are a lot of great books missing out on this list because I read them too long ago to properly recall them. Although great books should really stick in your mind, no? I think this one will stick with me; for its title if nothing else! It's also a great and hugely enjoyable read about the lives of 2 childhood friends.

8. Chuck Palahniuk - Diary

This was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read, albeit just last year (2012). It took me a little while to get into, but I was hooked towards the end and it's really stuck with me. It's one of those books that you finish reading and then think about for days afterwards.

7. Milan Kundera - Identity

I read this over 10 years ago, so my memory of it is incredibly hazy. Infact I can't remember anything about the story itself, I just remember enjoying it immensely; particularly the psychological explorations. I've considered it one of my favourite books since I read it, so felt it deserved a decent placing on this list. However, as my memory of it has faded so much, I didn't feel that I could place it higher than 7th. I read 'The Unbearable Lightness Of Being' more recently and really enjoyed that as well, but not as much as I remember enjoying 'Identity'.

6. Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood

I've not read a lot of Murakami (yet), so maybe my favourite novel of his will change, but for now it's definitely 'Norwegian Wood'. I particularly enjoy novels with a lot of character focus and exploration and this definitely satisfies on that level. The characters are flawed and beautiful and it's an immensely compelling read.

5. Chrissie Glazebrook - The Madolescents

I confess that I only heard about this book and only bought it because it references a lot of my favourite bands! I guess it appeals to the same part of me that 'High Fidelity' does; the music lover and list lover. The main character, Rowena, is a quirky misfit from the North East who loves chips, Baileys and planning her own funeral playlist. I loved every second spent reading this book. The sequel, 'Blue Spark Sisters', is good too.

4. Ian McEwan - Enduring Love

Ian McEwan's books are a bit hit and miss for me, but this is one of the hits. Again I think it's the focus on characters, psychology and internal conflict that appeals to me. Make of that what you will!

3. George Orwell - 1984

I have to confess that I only read this book in 2012. It's one of those books I knew about, of course, thought I'd enjoy, but never got around to buying or reading. My boyfriend was shocked and horrified I'd not read it, so seeing it cheap on Amazon, he bought it for me. I was slightly nervous to read it as it's so iconic I worried that it couldn't possibly live up to expectations. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it and appreciate the writing style, but once I did I was hooked. The ideas in it are just so brilliant and thought provoking that it had no problem meeting (if not surpassing) my expectations.

2. Alex Garland - The Beach

This has been one of my favourite books since I first read it in about 1998. It's like a more contemporary 'Lord Of The Flies' I guess, which I mean as a compliment - nothing like a good novel about a utopian society that descends into chaos! It's a compelling narrative and very well written. If you've only seen the film and not read the book, you really need to read the book.

1. Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks is my favourite author, no question, and this is definitely my favourite book of his. The characters are strange and fascinating, the story's compelling and it has just the right amount of craziness in it! Before reading it, I'd already heard that it had a big twist in it, so of course I was wondering what it was going to be, but it still took me by surprise. It's a book that you're likely to either love or hate, which just makes me love it more.

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