My Favourite Books of All Time

These are my favourite books of all time (so far!) Click on the links to Amazon if you fancy a read. Let me know what you think…

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Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

Who doesn’t love Mr Darcy???

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

I love this book. Having studied it inside and out, I can’t help but have a soft spot for it.

Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea

Having read this alongside Jane Eyre, I love the completeness that it gives to Charlotte Bronte’s novel, as well as being a fantastic book in it’s own right.

Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge 

I love this story. I read it before I studied it at university but I didn’t really appreciate it until I studied it.

Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

I finally gave in to my daughter’s powers of persuasion to read this brilliant trilogy. I’ve read it at least five times since! Takes after her mother for her taste in books!!

J.K.Rowling – The Harry Potter collection

I read these books mainly to see what the fuss was all about and found them to be really addictive. The films are not even close to being as good as these books.

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Another book that I encountered during my studies, I was gripped from start to finish. I can understand why this is such an iconic novel.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper

This is a fascinating short story that is fantastic to analyse, rich in hidden meanings.

Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason

One of the very few times where I have enjoyed the films as much as the books, probably because of Colin Firth more than anything!

Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd

Another Thomas Hardy classic! Hardy is a favourite of mine when it comes to classic authors.

Charles Dickens – Great Expectations

I read this book when I was studying for my A’ Level’s but I didn’t fully appreciate what a wonderful book this is until I read it as an adult.

Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 

I’ve only read this fairly recently but I found the poetry in the style of writing amazing. I have also found in this book my most favourite quote of all time: “‘Have I gone mad?’ asked the Mad Hatter, sadly. ‘I’m afraid so,’ said Alice, “you’re entirely bonkers. But shall I tell you a secret? All the best people usually are.'”

C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia

Again, the films, although better than the Harry Potter one’s, do not live up to this fantastic series of books.

Susan Coolidge – What Katy Did

I read this as a child and I have read it again recently as research for my own novel-in-the-making. Still brilliant!

Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons

I have fond memories of receiving this book on a family trip to the Isle of Man to see my Grandma as a child. It was the thickest book I’d read up to that point! I still have it somewhere.

Cecilia Aherne – P.S. I Love You

I read this book in one sitting with a box of tissues on one side of me and a large box of chocolates at the other. I cried at almost every page. Brilliant!

Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Another book that I wouldn’t have necessarily read if it hadn’t been for study but I was so inspired by it, I went to the library and got out the rest of the series. What an amazing woman Maya Angelou was!

Minette Walters – Acid Row

What I loved about this book was it’s reporting of events through police bulletins and journalistic reports. I don’t know if a film or TV drama has ever been made of this book, but it would be fantastic. Maybe…

Sarah Waters – Affinity

I was warned before I read this book that when I finished it, I would wish that I could read it again for the very first time, without any knowledge of what happens in it, and they were right. It is one of those books where you would never predict how it ends. Absolutely loved it!

Janet Evanovich -The Stephanie Plum Series

I can guarantee that there will be additions to this list of Stephanie Plum novels as each one is released! Watch this space for Tricky Twenty-Two! This is undoubtedly my favourite series of books. Twenty-two books in, it will be a sad day when Janet Evanovich writes her last one. I dread the day…

I Let You Go

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The Girl on the Train

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The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novels)

Terry Pratchett Release Date: 27 Aug. 2015 Buy new: £20.00 £10.00

Little Girl Gone

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