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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10 books!

I was recently tagged in a Facebook post asking me to list 10 books that I've read and that have stayed with me through the years for some reason, so I thought I would turn my list into a blog post.  The books in the list came to me quite randomly and quickly with little thought, I just wrote down the titles that popped into my head first, so here goes!

Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
I read this the year after I left school and I really loved it at the time.  From reviews I've heard recently, it seems to be a marmite book so I'd like to re-read it to see if I still feel the same way about it.  (5 stars)

Hamlet - William Shakespeare 
This was a set text in my final year at school, and we studied it for our final exams.  My best friend (who I'm still friends with) and I had such a laugh studying this (a bit strange, considering it's a tragedy!) and she is the first thing that pops into my mind whenever anyone mentions anything to do with Hamlet.  (5 stars)

Moloka'i - Alan Brennert
I read this books a couple of years ago and it has stayed with me ever since.  I rarely come across anyone else who has read it which makes me sad because I loved it so much.  A beautiful, sweeping historical fiction about leprosy, set in Hawaii.  If you haven't read it you really should pick it up!  I need to read more by Alan Brennert.  (5 stars)

An Act of Terror - Andre Brink 
This is another book I read soon after leaving school (in South Africa) that I feel I need to re-read.  At the time I was absolutely fascinated with this story about a plot to assassinate the president of South Africa and I remember it as being a tense, political thriller.  (5 stars)

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 
Another classic we read in high school that has stayed with me.  I remember enjoying the story but I think we overdid the analysis and I'd like to try it again.  (3 stars)

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Attwood 
From what I recall, this was my first foray into dystopian literature, and it blew my mind. That's all I can say! (4 stars)

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
This one took me a little while to get into, but once I was into it I did not want it to end.  Heartbreaking.  The movie is a pile of crap.  (5 stars)

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott 
One I read in school or just after finishing, and have re-read since.  Oh how I wanted to be Jo! Another heartbreaking read that has me in tears every time.  (5 stars)

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee 
Everyone should read this book.  That is all.  (5 stars)

Room - Emma Donoghue
And another heartbreaking read!  This one made me go cold.  So cleverly written.  (5 stars)

Have you read any of these? What 10 books have stayed with you through the years?  Let me know in the comments - I'd love to hear your choices!


At September 19, 2014 11:25 pm , Blogger Traceyr said...

I'm not a great reader (I'm in awe of how much you read Suzie) but I have read To Kill A Mockingbird and I think this is one of my favourites too. :)


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