Top Ten Books

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A selection of my favourite books so far, very hard to pick so I didn't think too hard about it. 
Dracula, Bram Stoker: No Meyerisms can top this classic gothic thriller, I loved the diary format which was a fantastic way of building tension. 
Seagull, John Livingston: Short story dealing with philosophical questions about the afterlife approached from a very simple yet effective angle.

                        The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom: A beautiful story of discovery and self-awareness, really loved this one!


Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger: A stream of adolescent consciousness, it's really not phoney!

Labyrinth, Kate Mosse: Bar a few typos this book is a magical tale which blends Medieval France with contemporary conspiracies; a good beach read.

Breath, Tim Winton: Must admit the cover attracted me, a big blue wave, however the story was even more intense and kept me gripped throughout.Winton successfully demonstrates the power of human relationships whilst illustrating the frustration of teenage angst.

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono : Nostalgic story of one man's attempt to heal nature, very short and extremely powerful. The simple narrative really exposes the true beauty of one man's vision- the epilogue by his daughter should not be read before the story!  

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens: I loved this book at uni during the Victorian module. I think it makes for a good winter read as you can let the moors and the misty streets of London absorb you.

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger: So good I didn't want to see the film.

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko: Native American novel about post-war struggles, an imposing Western civilisation and the threatened traditions of Laguna, New Mexico.

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