I spent a few hours looking back over my older blog posts the other night, and came across one post about 10 Great Books I Have Read. As I wrote this in December 2010, I thought it was time to have a look and update the list! I also noticed that I seem to have missed #7 and #8, weirdly! I have no idea what they were or why they’ve gone walkabout!
My 2010 list:
1) the Harry Potter series
2) the Twilight saga
3) His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
4) Holy Fools – Joanne Harris
5) The Lollipop Shoes – Joanne Harris
6) Beneath The Skin – Nicci French
9) Atonement – Ian McEwan
10) Wicca series – Cate Tiernan
My new list still has some of these books on it, but I’m adding new ones which I’ve read since 2010! And removing some which I have changed my mind about (mainly Twilight, why on Earth did I think that was ‘great’?!)!
1) Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
This is still a brilliant series about love, death, friendship and right and wrong! I have new questions and thoughts about the series, but since Rowling has released more information about the characters, more things make sense!
2) His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
I still love these books. They introduced me to a whole new concept of parallel worlds, and the powerful and sometimes destructive nature of love. It also made me question many religious and scientific things.
3) I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith
I added this because it is a great little book about poverty, social class, different kinds of love and relationships. Every time I read it, it feels fresh and new, and it still appeals to me even after nearly 15 years of reading it.
4) Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson
This is a new addition because it is genuinely thrilling and I didn’t see the plot twist coming!
5) Unwind – Neal Schusterman
This is a fascinating yet scary book based in a dystopian world where organ donation goes a bit too far, with one particularly horrible scene which gives me the creeps!
6) Little Star – John Ajvide Lindqvist
This a very weird novel which is quite disturbing all the way through!
7) The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson
I had to add this series because it is amazing! It’s gripping and really well written, and it is possibly the best thriller series I’ve ever read!
8) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
This series is like nothing I’ve read before: kids brutally forced into killing each other in a bid to win food and escape poverty for the first time in their lives? Amazing!
9) The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
This novel is brilliant because it’s not in the right order due to the protagonist’s ability to time travel and it’s interesting how his relationships with the people around him are affected by his ability. It’s gripping and heart-breaking in places but a fabulous read!
10) The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
I re-read these books recently and remembered how brilliant the series is! I loved it as a child and I still do today!
It took me a while to compose my list, even with some obvious choices in there, but it’s likely that the list will change again as I discover new books!
Do you have a list of books which YOU think are “great”? I’d be interested to know!