The wonderful Cyndi Faria has nominated me for the Booker Award, which targets literary and book centered blogs. The rule is to post your top five favorite books of all time (a task which I found extremely difficult, as there are so many amazing books out there). After much deliberation, I decided on the following five books listed below. I decided to go way back and choose stories that made an impression on me when I was younger, because for some reason this made it easier to choose. I am an eclectic reader and my tastes span several genres, but I am posting these five because I read them at different times in my life and loved them all for different reasons:
1) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: This is one of those books I’ve gone back to over the years, and each time I read it, I get something different out of it. Yes, it has long, drawn-out narrative passages that would never fly in the popular fiction industry today, but I still love this book. I love the epic scale of the characters. Jean Valjean and Javert are two sides of the same coin.
2) Watership Down by Richard Adams: I know, I know, it’s a book about rabbits. And yet, this is one of my favorites. I still get teary eyed when Hazel leaves his body by the river at the end because he doesn’t need it anymore.
3) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I realize this is a series and not a single book, but I couldn’t choose just one. I don’t think I need to say much more about this because Harry Potter has become a household name. Love!
4) The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: Outlander is one of the first romance novels I ever read. I was a teenager at the time, and Diana Gabaldon’s steamy time travel romance series sort of catapulted me into the genre. I think I will always be a bit in love with the 18th century Scottish kilt-wearing Jamie Fraser.
5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is one of my favorite classics and the opening line never fails to make me smile: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Words of wisdom, indeed.
And now I would like to present this award to the following bloggers: