I have recently become part of the Penguin Proof group on Google+. The idea of the group is that members get sent books to review on their blogs. I have been lucky enough to have already been sent a book “The Jump Artist” by Austin Ratner, which I am well on my way to completing, so my first review will posted here very shortly.
I thought it might be a good idea to set out what my loves of the literary world are. I tend not to like a particular genre, I don’t like formulaic books. In general I like one offs, quirky books that are distinctly different to anything else I have read. Of course I don’t necessarily always stick to that, and given the time I will read just about anything. I read Harry Potter, to and with my Kids, they grew up with him and being able to connect with your children through books is one of the joys of being a parent. That I didn’t find the books as rewarding as some others I might have read, that connection made it worthwhile.
Probably my all time favourite author is John Irving, I have been reading him since I was teenager and I eagerly wait for his new novels. My favourite novels of his are “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and “Cider House Rules”. Other authors I seem to read a lot of are Ann Tyler, Iain Banks, Iain M Banks (same person I know), Tony Parsons, Nick Hornby, Anita Shreve, Sebastian Faulks and the list goes on and on. I am also trying to work my way through the complete works of Charles Dickens, 3 years in I have 4 novels to go. I did try reading Jane Austen and I hated every page so gave up.
My favourite books (in no particular order) are:
- A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
- Cider House Rules – John Irving
- The Crow Road – Iain Banks
- Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
- I Robot – Isaac Asimov
- A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
- The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
- Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
- Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
On another the day the list might vary and new books may be added at any time. Who knows The Jump Artist may make it on to the list.