I’m not very good at reviewing books, but I know what I like and don’t like, so here I’m going to start a list of books that I love(d) and recommend to other readers/writers. My taste in reading is pretty eclectic. I read a lot of science books, but love a good story if it is well written.
- The halfmen of O, Maurice Gee – I read this book when I was a kid and it inspired me to continue making up my own stories. I think it’s being made into a move.
- Great expectations, Charles Dickens
- Jigs and Reels, Joanne Harris
- Sky Burial, Xinran
- The book thief, Markus Zusak
- The lovely bones, Alice Sebold
- Wuthering heights, Emily Bronte
- Sunflower, Colin McLaren
- The handmaid’s tale, Margaret Atwood
- Wonderful life, Stephen Jay Gould – this is Gould’s first natural history book and remains my favourite. It is the enthusiasm with which he writes that I love.
- The art of looking sideways, Alan Fletcher
- A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson
- Musicology, Oliver Sacks
- Malinche’s Conquest, Anna Lanyon
- In fact: the best of creative non fiction, edited by Lee Gutkind
- Life Stories, David Attenborough
- The library at night, Alberto Manguel – I’m a sucker for books about books
- A sense of the world, Jason Roberts
- At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live With And Care For Their Libraries
- Roger’s world, Charles Siebert