This is a very tricky list to write as I am going to struggle to put my favourite books into order; it’s a bit like asking a mum to choose their favourite child – impossible really! But here it goes…
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird Bird,” by Harper Lee.
I was made to read this novel at college and I really didn’t want to. When I was 14 I really didn’t want to do much of anything except hang out and look cool! I am so glad I read this book, it is a very moving and powerful novel about civil rights in the USA. Harper Lee the author is just about to publish her second novel after about 50 years and I can’t wait to read this one too.
2. “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen.
Jane Austen was such a clever writer. This is beautifully written and I have returned to read this many times; it is like a very dear old friend.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
3. “The Blind Assasin,” by Margaret Atwood.
The primary narrator in The Blind Assassin is Iris Chase Griffen, 83 when we first encounter her, though younger in flashbacks as she tells her story. This has so many twists and turns it is hard to keep up, it took my breath away and I would really recommend it to adults.
4.The “MaddAddam” trilogy, by Margaret Atwood.
This is a bit of a cheat really as I get to include 3 books under one heading. I think Margaret Atwood is an amazing author; she makes you think about life and she takes you to worlds you could never imagine.
5. “The Book of Lost Things,” by John Connolly.
I picked this book up in the library one afternoon when I was a bit lost for something to read. I get a bit lazy and like to stick to authors that I already know but that day I couldn’t find anything that I hadn’t already read so picked this one up on a whim. It had a really boring cover but what an amazing tale was lurling inside. I do say lurking because this is not a nice story; it’s the kind of story that hits you over the head with macabre and horrible happenings while all the while pretending to be a tale about fairy stories. Suprising, a bit blood thirsty, but never boring.
So, there are my top five. What books would you recommend?