I have decided that I am going to do a weekly post which are – my top ten favourite [insert category here] I think it will be a fun thing to do and it will be good for me to have these lists when I am old and grey(er) and can no longer remember my name let alone my favourite movies, songs, books, etc.
So as we have just had World Book Day I thought I would go for Books (or series of books) to start off with, also I love books, I love reading, so much so that my degree is in English. So without further ado here are my top ten books…
1. A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life (The All Souls Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness – Amazing books, mindblowing, I love them so much, I was so sad when the last book in the trilogy was drawing to a close that I read so slowly it probably looked like I was just staring at the page! Fantastic characters, beautiful story, amazing writing. If I could only ever read one book (trilogy) again it would be these. All time favourite books, I only wish there were more books!
2. Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling – Not sure this needs any explanation, but I waited each year for the next Harry Potter Book to come out, and it was always worth the wait and I always read it way to quick. I am so very sad that Harry Potter is not real (and I would totally want to be in Ravenclaw!) I also cannot wait to read these books to Boo for her bedtime story … excited doesn’t even begin to cover it!
2. Dracula – Bram Stoker – I love this book, the first time I read it I fell in love with it, and the whole vampire tradition. In fact in my third year at university we had a chance to study a module entitled Gothic Fiction and it was the first module I signed up for.
3. The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, The Tamuli & The Redemtion of Althalus – David and Leigh Eddings – As you can probably tell I am a massive Eddings fan – fantasy writing at is best, sorcerers, princesses, monsters, epic battles, humor and nothing too dark, perfect for reading on a rainy sunday when you just want to relax with an oversized bar of chocolate and a book in a comfy chair.
4. Discworld – Terry Prachett – Amazing, so funny, I love love love the, I can’t decide which of these is my favouite, it’s close between Mort and Equal Rites. I do love a book that makes you laugh out loud!
5. Axis Trilogy & Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy – Sara Douglass – Yet more fantasy here (can you see a theme), I love reading these books, I have read both series a couple of times and they get better with each reading and it was oh so easy to become complete immersed in the world and lose track of time.
6. The Vampyre (The Secret History of Lord Byron) – Tom Holland – So there is actually a book which is written as though my favourite poet is a vampire… I literally think someone must have been listening in to my dreams…
7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – I received a copy of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall from my primary school when we left year 6 to go up to big school… best present ever! I took this massive book with me to the Dominican Republic when we went on holiday that summer, they were the best books to take with me, I think they helped with the heat, reading them was the equivalent of sitting in an ice bath, marvelous for the heat.
8. On the Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman – Had to have one in here for Boo, I love this book, makes me tear up every time I read it. I truly love this book. The illustrations and the words are just beautiful.
9. Half Bad – Sally Green – a really great book, (which Boo bought me for mother’s day last year… isn’t she a clever girl. I was lucky too that the copy of the book Boo bought me is signed by the author! Can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out which is at the end of this month… exciting!!
10. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer – My guilty pleasure, I do love reading these books, easy reading yes, am I a little bit in love with the idea of a glittering romantic vampire yes, do I wish that these books had been around when I was a teenager yes… (go Team Edward) – on a more serious note I read these books (the first two) towards the end of a really pants relationship and they actually made me realise that I deserved better and that romance and feeling loved is important so I very much credit these books as the catalyst that helped me to make a positive decision that changed my life for the better. And any book that does that for even one person is a bloody good book (excuse the pun)… as a result these books will always have a special place in my heart.
Writing this has made me realise that I really don’t get the chance to do enough reading, I really need to start reading more again, I miss it!
What are your favourite books?