I got tagged a week ago(ish) by duckrunsagain, to name ten books that have stayed with you in some way, and it’s taken a lot of brain power to find the ten, because I’ve read hundreds and picking ten is difficult.
Our family is big on books, we have what we refer to as the ‘library’s’ in three different rooms, and we got rid of at least a couple of hundred last year, so we’re never going to run out of material.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J. K. Rowling: so I got this book specially delivered on the day it was released, got it at nine o clock in the morning and it took me just under 14 hours to read. My mother had to remind me to eat I was that engrossed. Let me repeat that, my mother had to remind me to eat. I’ve never forgotten food!!!
2. Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett: this book contains my most hated fictional character ever, William Hamleigh.. Seriously, I get angry thinking about him. Now that to me, is good writing, honestly, I cannot express how much I loathe this character.
3. Sabriel- Garth Nix: this was my first grown up book, a nice big thick volume that I could really get my teeth into, and I was obsessed with the bells for ages, ahh to be eleven again….
4. A Song of Ice and Fire- George R R Martin: okay so this is a collection, but I can’t pick just one book, as it’s quite possibly the greatest epic story ever written, and I’m still pissed off about the last book, hopefully he won’t die before he finishes writing them….
5. 2001: A Space Oddessy- Arthur C. Clarke: this was my first foray into the sci fi world, and that combined with watching Star Wars for the first time got my fantasy fires burning.
6. The Dark Angel- John Connelly: READ THIS BOOK. Seriously, if you’re in Serbia and happen to come across a bone church with a basement, run. Run, as far and as fast as you can, nothing good will come of it!!! There aren’t many books I’ve read twice and this one I have several times.
7. Consider Phelbas- Iain M. Banks: I read this as it was on offer and I thought, ooh cheap sci fi novel, not too long, it’ll put me over, and then I fell in love with the Culture. I’m halfway through The Hydrogen Sonata as we speak and it’s a damn shame he died, I would have liked to hear more from him.
8. The Breadwinner- Deborah Ellis: this is a book about a young girl living under Taliban rule in Kabul. It’s a children’s book and I honestly think it should be on reading lists for kids, as it explains the customs and the style of dress within that society, the only reason I have an understanding of that branch of culture is because of that book, it explains things without passing judgement, most of the people I know have no idea what a burka actually is and why it’s worn, and I think there is a degree of ignorance where this is concerned these days. Excellent book.
9. An Angel For May- Melvin Burgess: one day I’m going to burn this book. It’s about, I’m not going to go into it, but put it this way, I have no soul, I don’t cry at movies with sad endings, I don’t cry in real life. There are only three things that have ever broken me and that is Tarzan, the first ten minutes of Up and this bloody book. I remember reading it after I’d been put to bed, I was about 12, and I spent a good hour in floods of tears, then I went to sleep, woke up, remembered what I’d read and spent another half an hour crying before breakfast, sodding book.
10. The Passage-Justin Cronin: the third one is coming out in October and I couldn’t be more excited. I hate vampires, I detest them, the only ones I approve of are Blade and Tom Cruise with his long hair. I digress, these are kind of like vamps, but not, either way they’re bloody brilliant.
That was tough, plus another came into my head and then I promptly forgot which book it was, I shall probably remember at some point, I think you should read them all.