10 Books (as
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.
Nick Hornby - High Fidelity
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
Sarah Winman - When God Was A Rabbit
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.
Chuck Palahniuk - Diary
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.
Milan Kundera - Identity
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
Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
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.
Chrissie Glazebrook - The Madolescents
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.
Ian McEwan - Enduring Love
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!
George Orwell - 1984
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)
Alex Garland - The Beach
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.
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory
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.