I was tagged by alandistro, sort of…
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
Single books are hard so some of these will be series’ and I’m going to write a little about them
- Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan
I read this book half in the shop and the other half at home and re-read it a few times before lending it to a friend and him moving away before returning it. Hazel then found another copy of it at a tabletop sale somewhere and remembered how sad I was over the loss of my first copy and bought me another. Not only is this a great book but it’s just linked to many memories of my old friend and my sister etc.
- The Illustrated Mum - Jacqueline Wilson
As a young’un I would have said my favourite author was Jacqueline Wilson. It was hard to pin down just one book of hers to be honest.
- The Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Despite JW being my favourite overall author this book was my childhood favourite. I don’t know what it was that made me like it so much but I re-read it enough that the spine is barely readable now due to cracks.
- Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
This book is nowhere near a favourite of mine but the arguments/discussions we had about it in Eng Lit classes will always stick with me. The odd audio book version and the full hour we dissected the title and the hours of context questions.
- Holes - Louis Sachar
Just a very good book that my best friend lent me and I loved.
- Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
I only read this a few weeks ago and it stands out as a great YA book that I would recommend heavily.
- The Enemy (series) - Charlie Higson
Just such a great approach to Distopia
- Skin (and other short story compendiums) - Roald Dahl
I read all RD’s short stories in quick succession once I realised they existed at about the age of 11. They’re so deliciously dark and a re-read of most of them as a teen was worthwhile. I mean, these stories were first published in Playboy, they’re nothing like his children’s books and yet equal in their brilliance.
- His Dark Materials (series) - Philip Pullman
I have too much to say about these books, they were there for me to read before GoF and tOotP and I devoured them some point in the year 2000 and have gone back to them a few times over the last 14 years.
- Harry Potter (series) - J.K. Rowling
I can’t escape mentioning the books I grew up with. I read tPS and tCoS just after tCoS came out in 1998 and there is barely a day when I don’t dwell on some aspect of the books, films, philosophies, friends I made through them etc etc.
I am a book person.
I sometimes get caught up in all my other interests but I am a book person right deep down in my soul. There are so many other books I could talk about. My goodreads currently lists 571 books that I have finished and I know that that isn’t everything because the names of a lot of childhood books totally escape me. So, yeah. I couldn’t help but take the open invitation from Alan to take part in this.
I should tag some people!