Reading and Books

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.

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4 Responses to Reading and Books

  1. Nice list of authors. I’ve yet to read John Irving and “Cider House Rules” looks a good starting point.

  2. dacj40 says:

    Either that or “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and then you have “The World According to Garp” and “The Hotel New Hampshire”. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those. Some of his other titles might not appeal to all tastes.

  3. I can cope with Austen but I’ve struggled with Dickens except in musical form, I’m not part of the literati, I know! What a great thing to be able to, I’d love to do something like that. 🙂

  4. Pseu says:

    To kill a mocking bird is an all time favourite of mine too.
    And another favourite is Lolita, which is a fantastic exploration of misguided love and told by an unreliable narrator which changed my perspective on life, just subtly

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