Thursday, November 01, 2007


Rose 'tagged' me with a booked-themed post. So here we go...

Four childhood books?

The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
What else can one say about this book that hasn't been said already? Quite a challenge as a 12-year old but many a late-night was spent lost in Middle Earth.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
Not quite as heavyweight as 'Rings, but equally inspired.

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is usually the obvious choice by this author, but this story somehow struck a chord with me as a child.

The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
A memorable and rather surreal picture book from my childhood.

Four Authors I'll read again and again.

Jeffrey Eugenides
Though he's only written two books in ten years, they're both masterpieces.

Sara Wheeler
My favourite travel writer who I credit with kick-starting my polar obsession. Humour, natural history and incredible journeys.

David Mitchell
Glad to say I started reading him before he hit it really big with 'Cloud Atlas'. Mitchell manages to take clever ideas and propel them with luscious, lyrical prose and engaging characterisation.

Peter F Hamilton
Consistently the best sci-fi Author I've read; his 'Night's Dawn' Trilogy is simply awesome reading - an incredible space opera with a mean dash of horror. Kinda of like Babylon 5 meets Event Horizon.

The First Four on my to-read list

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt
Six Days by Jeremy Bowen
Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Four Books I'd Take to a Desert Island

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler

Next up... I tag... Courtney, Northern Monkey, Beth


Beth said...

Thank you for the tag - this is a tough one for me because I'm really not a reader at all!

My favourite authors are Brett Easton Ellis and Hunter S Thompson, which I worry may be a bit telling about my personality.

I would say the best book I've read recently is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, he's a new york chef and this is some insight into what really goes on, as well as a few of his memoirs. I'd definitely recommend it!

Anonymous said...

Good choices...I'm obviously popular as Hottie's tagged me too...I'm working on my list - It's quite difficult to choose