I’ve wanted to do this blog for a while now and have pondered for an equally long while as to which books would make it in to the final list. It’s always hard telling people what my favourite book is when I get asked, because I have so many books that I love equally that I just can’t answer it. So for this list i’m going to give you my favourites including some that I loved as a child, however I wont be doing any reviews on these books because I never want to spoil someones experience reading and finding out for themselves. Don’t you just hate it when someone tells you what happens in the last chapter of a book that you’ve been desperate to read? I know I do, so I wouldn’t want any spoilers in this post to ruin any for you lovely people. But just know that I wouldn’t put a book in this list unless it was absolutely amazing.
To me books are a form of escape, something that I can dive in to to escape my world. A book isn’t something that is tied down by rules or restrictions, it is pure freedom, only restricted by a persons imagination and when you begin your journey alongside the characters you create your own vision as to what you believe the world should look like and also what the people who inhabit said world should be like; and those people stick with you forever. Have you ever read a Harry Potter book and then watched the films and thought “My Harry is still better”, or “Ron’s not supposed to looks like that.” I do, and even after watching the film you can go back to the book and your Harry and Ron are still perfectly pictured in your imagination.
There’s a beauty about reading a good book with a cup of tea that I can’t even begin to explain, so in this blog I have picked my favourites so as to inspire you-if you don’t read enough- to go out, get something from this list, make a nice cuppa and curl up on the sofa for a couple of hours creating a world of your own through the words of another.
1. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
3. Wide Sargasso Sea (Prequel to Jane Eyre)
4. The Odyssey – Homer
5. Catcher in The Rye – J. D. Salinger
6. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
9. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
10. Gullivers Travels – Jonathan Swift
I do hope that you go out and get one of these absolutely cracking books by some of the worlds greatest authors. I might do another one of these because there are just too many to fit in one blog without it being more like a 15,000 word dissertation.
Until next time…