Thursday, July 27, 2006

Must Reads....

I've been reading books for more than 22 years.

It all started one day when I was potty training when my mum - in an attempt to keep me from running off - gave me a book... and I was hooked. In fact till today I cannot go potty without reading material. It’s a curse really!

Thanks to my mum's early efforts, I've had the pleasure of calling myself an "avid reader" and have let my imagination wander into all sorts of wonderful places and have met and loved all sorts of interesting characters. To pick from the literally 1000s of books I've read seems to be a near impossible task. But I will try to narrow down my top 20 picks. They are not ordered in preference coz that would be like choosing 'tween your kids. And everyone knows you're not supposed to have favourites! Some are listed by author as I cannot possible pick of their works - others are random selections of books I (sometimes) randomly picked up… and never quite put back down!

Here goes…

1. Hugh Lofting - The Dr. Dolittle Series
2. E. Nesbit - The Railway Children, The Wouldbegoods etc.
3. L. M. Montgomery - The Anne of Green Gables series, A Tangled Web
4. Homer - The Odyssey
5. Christopher Moore - Lamb, Fluke
6. Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days
7. Atonement - Ian McEwan
8. Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express
9. Enid Blyton - The Faraway Tree series and too many more to mention!
10. Louisa M. Alcott - Little Women
11. Rohinton Mistry - Such a Long Journey
12. L. Frank Baum - The Oz books
13. Susan Coolidge - What Katy Did
14. Roald Dhal - Danny the Champion of the World, The BFG
15. Anita Rau Badami - A Hero's Walk
16. Bapsi Sidhwa - Cracking India
17. Stuart McLean - Vinyl Café Series
18. Gregory Maguire - Wicked
19. Suzanna Kaysen - The Camera my Mother gave Me
20. Jane Austin - Pride & Prejudice

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Intervention please!


I just discovered the Double Day Book Club and
I've spent an extraordinary amount of money online!!! Almost as bad as the time I went in to BMV to "browse" and then left with 32 - count 'em - 32 books! Books really ARE my weak point - but I figure I spend very little on clothes and little or nothing on anything else personal - so why not pamper myself with books?

It is my dream to one day own:
ALL of the Agatha Christie books
ALL of the Enid Blyton mystery series.

But for right now, this latest purchase is going to make my mum REALLY mad as she expressly forbade me to buy any more books until after we moved!

Oh well… its not like she can ground me or take away TV rights. Even so, I'll just pretend like I bought these BEFORE her edict!

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