You might possibly have an inkling, can’t think why, that today is the day when the longlist for this years Man Booker Award is announced. I have already had a crack at guessing just what books might make the list which you can have a peek at here. We all love a good list of books don’t we? Well, I do so I am assuming there must be more people like me? I really enjoy seeing people’s top ten or top forty books (which reminds me I need to add mine back onto the blog) and thought that today I would share with you my mother’s top ten books as she is a voracious reader and always has been, but more on her in her ‘Grilling’ later in the week.
I said it would be my Mum’s top ten books which she claimed would be ‘really easy’ however after a few minutes I got the look and a slight moan of ‘ooh its really difficult’. There was also some excuse of needing to be ‘standing in front of all my shelves so I can think more clearly’ but soon enough we didn’t have ten books but twenty, and here they are for you delectation with some snippets of conversation that were sparked by them.
- Iliad by Homer – “being a Classics teacher you can’t be surprised”
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – which she read when on maternity leave before my sister (another book devourer) was born after which reading went out the window unless it was ‘Spot the Dog’.
- Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – ‘much better than The Woman in White’ something we strongly disagree on.
- Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
- The L Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks – “I worry it has dated terribly by now so have never re-read, would rather have the memory of it being brilliant.” It’s just arrived at Savidge Reads HQ and I will be reading it soon.
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
- Taking The Devil’s Advice by Anne Fine – “possibly the funniest book I have ever read”
- The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – “a truly original book”
- The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- I, Claudius by Robert Graves – “naturally it’s the classic thing again”
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver – loves the series and got very excited when I said that Paver’s adult book is out in October.
- Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam
- The Adventures of Tintin by Herge – “after all these years I still get huge enjoyment from these”
I was really surprised by this list and in particular the fact there was no Jane Austen, no Bronte’s and shock horror no Margaret Atwood. The latter seemed most bizarre as whenever I think of Atwood I think of my Mum. I asked her about these and she said “they are all great writers just no specific one book of there’s has made the top lot… you didn’t ask me for my top ten authors though did you?” I was also surprised no Shakespeare but apparently that’s because “you can’t choose one best Shakespeare play, it changes daily”.
So there you have it, my mother’s favourite books, don’t forget her Grilling will be up on Thursday. Until then what do you think of her list, was it what you might have expected? Which books have you read and loved on the list? Could any of my mothers top books be found in your list of favourites?