Next year I plan to diversify my reading material a little by reading other peoples favourite books. What people hold in their library tells a lot about that person, but what they choose as their favourite can tell you the most. It’s also a good barometer for finding gems hidden on bookshelves that you might otherwise pass by.
This thought was originally sparked by a feature on The Readers podcast and then fuelled by conversations on Twitter. As a reader I want to read nothing but the best and from the most popular novels to obscure beauties that I would never usually know of. In 2012 I will be trying to grasp an even balance between new releases and older books. As a result, I am trying to create a list of book recommendations so that once the book buying ban ends, I can run out and grab some.
Feel free to add your suggestion in the comments and tell me why you love the book so much. Below are a few suggestions from Twitter:
@mikejjennings – A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin!
@LitMusings – Middlemarch and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Yes I picked two 🙂
@ReidFeed – American Gods. The writing? Dark, yet funny. The characters? Gods, some, yet all are believable. The world? Suave, yet epic.
@Psymonkee – Rainbow Six. Fun action and evil conspiracy stuff, right up my street! 🙂
@GriddleOctopus – Italo Calvino: If on a winter’s night a traveller. You are the reader-hero looking for an ideal book / romance.
@rachhaslam – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Just because!
@1LeeDenton – Warm Bodies – the pacing is excellent, the characters are superb, I could quite easily read it again and again.
I suppose it makes sense for me to give my favourite book. I’ll be honest, it changes depending on my mood that day but usually cycles between The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger or Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold. However, I usually fall back on the latter because it is a concise story that encapsulates many aspects of life. It’s full of magic both literally and figuratively and contains one of the best rivalries I have ever read and an adorably sweet love story. Carter the Great is easily my favourite character from literature and his story is wonderful.
This book is also a testament to great Waterstones booksellers. This was recommended to me by my favourite Waterstones bookseller when I told her that I was in a bit of a slump. She asked all the right questions and came up with this… I haven’t stopped thanking her for it.
Add to the list by using the comments.