I love to read. For me, putting on my pyjamas and hitting the sack to read a page turner is right up there in the happiness stakes with being given a lifetime supply of Cadbury milk chocolate and an inability to put on weight. Absolute bliss.
In fact, I love reading so much that I have aspirations to one day contribute my own literary masterpiece to the bowels of the Amazon online bookstore, and to see my name in print on the shelf at my fabulous local bookshop, Riverbend Books. Several years ago, when I was still working as a corporate marketing maven, I even took a six month leave of absence to get my masterpiece underway. The result was a particularly poorly written novel that has never seen the light of day, and if I have anything to do with it, never will. I call it my practice novel, because it in’t up to the main game, but certainly taught me a lot – primarily that writing a novel, let alone getting it published, is bloody hard work. Harder even than starting a pyjama business, which is the hardest thing I have ever done.
The experience taught me two specific things:
- I’ve got it in me to write another book. I just need some help in the discipline department to actually put my bum on the seat and write.
- I greatly respect and admire anyone who writes and publishes a book. Even those books that people rip apart for their ‘appalling writing’ or ‘weak characters. They wrote and finished a book, and managed to get it published, which is more than 99% of us who say we want to write a book and never get around to it. Gotta respect that.
But while I do admire anyone who writes books, I still have my favourites. And since we’re celebrating our third birthday this week with a themed ‘week of all things 3’, I thought I’d kick off with my three favourite books.
Only, choosing only 3 proved impossible – I have as many favourite books as there are days in the year (not including leap years). But I narrowed it down to these three, which are all books that I absolutely love, which I would say are in my Top, ah……..20.
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – I have a fascination for books set during WWII, and a love for romance. This combines both in a beautiful way.
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak – as above! This book by a brilliant Aussie author has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been made into a not-too-bad feature film adaptation. The way he has written it to include the voice of death is nothing short of brilliant.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I know, I know. Totally predictable, but I just love, love, love this book. It’s the ultimate romantic comedy that makes me nostalgic for a time when women sat around playing the piano and crocheting bonnets. Not only have I read the book multiple times, but I can practically quote the BBC mini-series by heart. Anyone else humming that opening sequence music in their head as they read this?
Other books that would make my top 20 are Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Come Together by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees (if you love Rom Coms), Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The…..
I could actually go on forever, so in the interests of my time and your boredom levels, I’ll leave it at that. But I’d love to know….can you name your top 3 books of all time? Or do you struggle like me?