And by things I mean books. Although I do want to burst into song and pretend that I’m Maria from The Sound of Music (but I’ll save that for another day). Today I got asked what my favourite book of all time is and if I could only read one book for the rest of my life, what would it be? It left me stumped. I have read so many books, as many other have, in my life ranging from Early Modern Literature to contemporary crime fiction. But out of those how can I possibly pick my favourite? I still don’t know the answer to that, but I’m going to try and make a list of my top 5 where the number makes no difference to preference! It’s just impossible to choose only one….
- Charles Dickens ‘Great Expectations’ – mainly because I love the Victorian era and I love (unlike many) the way Dickens writes. It’s descriptive, imaginative and you can get lost in his novels.
- Charlotte Bronte – ‘Jane Eyre’ – also for similar reasons to Dickens, you can curl up in a nice armchair, with a cup of tea and just enjoy a love story.
- Stieg Larsson – ‘The Millennium Series‘ – for anyone who hasn’t read these books, needs to immediately! I absolutely love them and have read them numerous times. I could go on all day about how good they are. They even inspired me to visit Stockholm – which is a beautiful city if you haven’t been.
- J.K Rowling – ‘Harry Potter’ – all of them are amazing. I read ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ when I was about eleven years old and became, like the rest of the nation, addicted to them. They transport you to another world and as a kid they were the most innovative, exciting books ever! Even reading them as an adult you find enjoyment mixed with that joyful nostalgia.
- Beryl Matthews – ‘The Open Door’ – Now this isn’t a well known novel or author but I love it. I picked it up in W.H.Smith’s when I was about 14. I used to buy books all the time but this one I have read about 20 times. As a teenager I used to bury myself in novels in the school holiday’s and this one really stuck with me. The protagonist is such an amazing role model as to why you should never give up and it has definitely had an impact on me.
If I had to name more, I literally wouldn’t stop! I just love reading and I am always looking for recommendations. So if anyone has any ‘must-reads’ leave a comment for me 🙂