I have borrowed this idea from Rosemary at Reading and Writing. Rosemary received a blog award and instead of doing ‘interesting things about myself’, Rosemary decided to list seven of her most memorable reads which I thought was a great idea. You can read Rosemary's choices here.
It is more difficult than it might appear to choose just seven books, because once you start to think, more come to you and I’m sure as soon as I post this I’ll think of more. I’ve already deleted some and added different ones. There are just so many!
I saw this book on the second hand shelf outside our local bookshop. It was 50 pence and didn't look as if it had ever been opened. It was the best 50 pence I ever spent and now I have bought the book to read again (only £1.99 on Kindle at the moment and it is a very big book). It tells the story of three generations of women in China. Will Self said the book made him feel like a 5 year old and that is exactly how it made me feel.
My son bought this book for me for my birthday a few years ago after I read Ricky Tomlinson’s autobiography in which he said that reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists changed his life. My interest was piqued. I won’t say it changed my life, but it certainly widened my knowledge and is a very enlightening read. It gives a vivid account of life in the early 1900s. It’s another book I wanted to read again and although I’d kept the paperback, I found it on Kindle – free! Even the paperback version is now only £1.99
Several years ago my friend told me I should read this book. I wasn't interested in reading about explorers or ice, but she had never failed me in a book recommendation, so I bought it. I have since read it three times and will again. It is so well written although some parts are very hard to read (dogs, cat) – you will know what I mean if you have read it. Reading this book started a fascination with polar exploration that has had me reading countless books about it.
I read this at school and my goodness it came as a shock after I’d been reading books like, What Katy Did, Little Women, Dr Dolittle and such. It is so long since I read it, I would like to read it again, but I do remember it very well. I also remember my little socks being shocked right off the ends of my feet!
As a child I loved reading books about animals and how I cried when I read Black Beauty. It is free on Kindle and I am going to read it again. I’ll just have to make sure I have plenty of tissues on hand for the tears I know will come.
I fell into this book from the first line and loved the way it was written, spoken by Dolores as she recounts her story to the police when they question her about the death of her long term employer, Vera Donovan. And there are no chapters. I don’t think I’d ever read a book without chapters before. I’ve read just about everything Stephen King has written and a great deal of it is memorable, but for the purpose of this post I wanted to choose just one and Dolores won. Not a horror novel, but a powerful story with two strong, memorable women, Dolores and Vera at its heart.
This is the story of a couple who stay on in India after 1947. Moving and funny, another one I really must read again. And it reminds me that I also want to read the Raj Quartet.
Would anyone else like to follow Rosemary’s lead and tell us seven memorable books?
Will you look at that? I might have known he’d worm his way in somewhere. He loved having his two far away little people here to stay and there were so many tears when they had to say goodbye.
Sorry about the muddly fonts! Not quite sure how it happened, but I can't change it! Sigh. Never mind.