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Couldn’t be more different than the British librarians’ list save Harper Lee and Margaret Mitchell (speaking of them, isn’t it peculiar you can buy To Kill a Mockingbird anywhere in the world but you cannot find Gone with the Wind in any bookstore, or at least Malaysian ones?). In no order of preference obviously, these are different books from different genres but all are equally brilliant, in self’s opinion.

Bah, change mind. Arranged alphabetically for the organised demon in self.

1 Agatha Christie And Then There Were None
2 Pearl S. Buck The Good Earth
3 Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4 S. E. Hinton The Outsiders
5 Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon
6 Sophie Kinsella The Shopaholic series
7 Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
8 Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind (and that excellent sequel Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley)
9 George Orwell Animal Farm
10 J. K. Rowling The Harry Potter series

Granted, the list is not particularly… literary, shall we say, but it’s own damn list and shall only put books that truly enjoy! Can guarantee these books will entertain at the very least if not enlighten. All except one in this list are in self’s personal library, and it’s a joy to own them and read them again and again and again.

… you know, have always considered self to be a bookworm and still do, and the fact that have only read five out of the twenty-nine books British librarians’ recommended does not make self any less of a bookworm. That said, however, would like to read the other twenty-four in the list to widen literature repertoire. If only can subdue that feeling of dreadful reluctance at the thought of reading a classic…

Comments on: "What’s in your must-read list?" (4)

  1. 1. High Fidelity (nick hornby)
    2. Human Punk (john king)
    3. His Dark Materials (philip pullman)
    4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (cs lewis)
    5. History of the Kings of Britain (geoffrey of monmouth)
    6. Lord of the Flies (william golding)
    7. Dracula (bram stoker)
    8. Good Omens (terry pratchett/neil gaiman)
    9. Cyrano de Bergerac (edmond rostand) (technically a play, though)
    10. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (jk rowling)

    Not in any order. But all worth reading and re-reading. And two of them aren’t even in english.

    sulz: thanks pete for your must-read list. have yet to read high fidelity though am looking forward to it (am quite a footie fan, if may say so – oh wait, that’s fever pitch, this book’s the one with john cusack in the movie version of it, right?). but have read about a boy and must say am a huge fan of hornby’s writing style, so a good choice in your list. have read lord of the flies and the chronicles of narnia but am not that taken in by them. am seeing his dark materials and terry pratchett mentioned many times, and will be keeping a lookout for them. strange choice for the fifth hp book, as it was lambasted by critics when it came out? but personally quite enjoy it because it was so full of teenage angst, or rather harry’s… our lists are poles apart really!

    thanks again for your comments, and also for being the blog’s first commenter!

  2. …and His Dark Materials is a brilliant piece of work. Pratchett is just fun, and Good Omens has as much Gaiman in it is Pratchett, but His Dark Materials is a different type of work entirely. Philip Pullman is a masterful storyteller. It is truly impressive – it should be on everybody’s must-read list. the Chronicles of Narnia are rubbish – only the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is any good (and i have loved it since i was a kid).

  3. Add “Jonathan strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke to that list. I just read it and, in the words of the former poet laureate John Dryden, “it’s absolutely fucking awesome”.

    sulz: no wonder it’s everywhere in bookstores self go to – that cracking good huh? shall try to look for it in college library. must admit that fantasy genre is extremely foreign to self and it’s hard to choose such genres when there are so many good young adults and pop fiction in the library… did read one young adult fantasy called firegold by dia calhoun – heard of it? personally, it’s pretty good but since am not a frequent reader of fantasy fiction, can’t say how good it is.

  4. Sorry, I noticed you read Harry Potter?? Well Jonathan Strange is far less of a fantasy genre novel than that.

    sulz: well, who doesn’t read harry potter? have yet to find strange in the library, and am not the sort who buys books unless have read them first and enjoyed it, so it’s either find someone who has that or well, sit at the bookshop for a long, long time…

    this post might interest you.

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