07 July 2009

The 10 Novels I Have Most Enjoyed Reading

Today I would like to share with you some books that I have really enjoyed reading. I am part of two local book groups so you can imagine that I read quite a few books!

The two groups work in different ways:
The library group - the library buys in sets of books and we are allowed to choose each year 5 books from the list and then a final list is compiled for the coming months, usually including every one's number 1 book. I often have to read books I never would have chosen, I mostly like them but at times hate them!
The social group is a group of girl friends that meet about every 4-6 weeks and we do aim to discuss the book and mostly we do - for the first half an hour anyway, then we get on with catching up, eating cake and drinking wine! We each take it in turns to choose the next book and host the group.

I will get back to the original topic of the post now: The 10 books I would recommend reading

1. Out by Natsuo Kirino
This thriller is written by a Japanese author and is written brilliantly. With lots of twists it will keep you reading til the end.

2. The Girls by Lori Lansens
This moving book was a great read, told through the eyes of conjoined sisters, the two very different lives of the conjoined twins.

3. The BFG by Roald Dahl
One of my favourite children's books, this lovely story really captures the imagination.

4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The film fits perfectly with this book, while reading it you can imagine everything in great detail and on seeing the film, you realise that how you imagined it is correct. The author really tells the tale well, allowing you inside the character's lives.

5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the very few books I have read twice. I read this as a teenager and obviously missed a lot of the meaning behind it. On re-reading it for a book club I found it a remarkable story and thoroughly enjoyable.

6. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Another children's book that I really loved reading: the stories are so imaginative and take you to another world.

7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Having read this a very long time ago, I remember that I thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so that I read it a few times, something that is very rare for me but shows that I must have enjoyed it. I think it would be interesting to see if I still enjoyed it now.

8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This was a very thought provoking book, the subject matter is touches on events in the future that may or may not be too far in the future.

9. The Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
This surprising story has so many twists and turns you won't know what is coming next.

10. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
This booked is packed full of artistic references and snippets of history from across the water. It had some really interesting pieces of information that kept you reading. The characters were varied and realistic, and you wanted to find out what happens to them.

In my list, I have forgotten two other books that were really good:
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Morgan and My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. But don't read these if you don't want to cry!
Have I missed any great books? Or do you disagree with my choices? Let me know!


ally said...

We have read a lot of the same books. I loved reading The Girls, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Life of Pi. Also love the classics, with Great Expectations in that selection. Also love Wuthering Heights. My favourite book of all time is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- think you would like it too and it's coming out on film in August. it's a real tear jerker of a love story told through a time traveler's eyes.
Loved loads of Roald Dahl books but never read the BFG for some reason. Have lovely memories of my mum reading me and my sister Alice in Wonderland. And there was this Alice in Wonderland cafe we would always go to in Colchester. It's not there any more, but we loved it - there were lots of pictures from the book on the walls.
The thirteenth tale by Diane Setterfield is also a brilliant book. I'm reading The Ante Room at the moment and I have a pile of books I'm hoping to read soon. I love picking them up from charity shops. I will look out for some of the others you've mentioned :)

Alison Arif said...

Thanks Ally, I have actually read The Time Traveller's Wife and loved it! I am looking forward to the film coming out. I saw a trailer for it the other day and it looks great.
I have just read The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman which was really good. I will look out for the one you suggested by Diane Setterfield.

Snyggrumpa said...

Hi there! Coincidentally I recently wrote a review on possibly one of the best book around - Memoirs of a Geisha! You could check it on my blog =) Oh and I like Lewis Caroll's work as well as Jodi Picoult's - particularly, My sister's keeper.


Cathy said...

Love all Roald Dahl's stuff. Never could get into Dickins but I have Memoirs of a Geisha all waiting to be read when I have a spare minute.