I love books and as I live in a shared house my room is full of books. There are books on bookcases, in cupboards, under the bed, along the wall, in a pile by the bed, on my bedside table, under my chair, in my knitting box….. everywhere and it’s only one room.
I don’t have one favourite book but some of my favourites are:
Moomin books by Tove Jansson – I love these, I have done for years. Especially if I’m feeling down. I love that all the characters have such different temperaments. Little My is my favourite character as she’s tiny and grumpy but extremely brave. I admire Snufkin’s wonderlust and ability to explore every winter. And I love the Hemulen in his dress!
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, Tree Grow In Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Lucia Lucia by Adriana Trigiani – some lovely feel good stories. I’ve read and re-read them loads of times. I love the descriptions of fashion and Manhattan in Lucia Lucia, I love the little things in A Tree Grows and I love that the girls live in a castle in I Capture The Castle. I also love Dodie Smith’s children’s books and Adriana’s other stories.
Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice – I’m a late starter on these but I love them now. I only read Jane Eyre because I read the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and didn’t know what had been changed about Jane Eyre so afterwards I read it. I like that Jane is feisty and not simpering. I’ve just finished reading P&P and I think Mr and Mrs Bennett are really funny, I didn’t get that until now. I’m going to read all Miss Austen’s other works now.
Before it starts to sound like I just like girly books, I also really enjoy science fiction and fantasy. I like Terry Pratchett, Asimov, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, Robin Hobb, Iain M Banks, Mike Carey and love Michael Marshall Smith’s science fiction stories. I’ve read Only Forward so many times I can’t remember how many. I wish he’d not gone mainstream! And I love everything by Neil Gaiman especially if Dave McKean illustrated it.
I also like books about World War II especially The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill, The Dambusters by John Sweetman and Tuesday’s War by David Fiddimore. And I love books about life in the circus – Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild, but they are harder to find.
I also like Kelley Armstrong’s supernatural stories, they appeal to the part of me that likes Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
I read a lot of Children’s books and my favourite authors are:
Diana Wynne Jones, Philip Reeve, Philip Pullman, Marcus Sedgwick, Garth Nix, Elizabeth Kay, Charlie Higson, Hugh Lofting, Lucy M Boston, Cornelia Funke, Oliver Jeffers, Holly Black, Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell, Rick Riordan, Michelle Paver and many many more.