The Unlikely Bookworm

My Very Favourite Books


I’m forever being asked what my favourite books are and while the list is forever growing and changing, I’ve read enough books to make a fairly comprehensive decision regarding the ones I’ve loved the best. The following six books are the ones I recommend again, and again and again – often to those who haven’t asked my opinion; no doubt to many who will never go on to read them. They have moved, inspired and changed me. They may be of no use to you. If, however, you are in need of a recommendation, are unsure of what to read next, or simply fancy branching out from your bookshelf try sampling one of these delights. Suffice to say they have all stayed with me for many weeks, many months and many years after reading the final page and I can only hope that they might have a similar effect on you too.


A Prayer for Owen Meany: How I wept when I finished A prayer for Owen Meany. That I wouldn’t have read it were it not for my BBC Big Read’s challenge makes my endeavour forever worthwhile. A beautiful, poignant book by one of America’s finest writers, such has its impact been on me that anyone I meet with a mutual love for one of Irving’s best loved book is instantly held in the highest of regards. Find out why here.
Gone with the Wind: If I’m ever asked what my very favourite book is, Gone with the Wind is my answer. An epic, monstrous romance, Margaret Mitchell’s first and last published novel is a heart-breaking tale set during the American Civil War of love, loss, social divide and a people forever changed. At over a thousand pages it isn’t a quick read but oh, it’s a beautiful one. You can read my review here.
Life Drawing: The feeling of utter shell-shock and disbelief I encountered when I turned the final page of Robin Black’s Life Drawing has since stayed with me. A story of obsession and a masterclass in subtlety, it really is one of the closest things to a perfect book I have ever read. My review is here.
Shantaram: I had been meaning to read Gregory Roberts semi-autobiographical novel for many a year before I finally got around to ticking it off my list. Another novel of epic proportions, it is largely set in the slums of Bombay and is easily one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read. Its eagerly awaited sequel, The Mountain Shadow, is published in October 2015. You can pre-order it from Waterstones here; my review can be found here.
The Scapegoat: I first fell in love with Daphne Du Maurier when I read Rebecca, shortly after graduating. Indeed, my blog was borne thanks to Du Maurier’s best-loved novel – for it was having read this that inspired me to read the BBC Big Read. As much as I love Rebecca however, it’s her lesser-known novel, The Scapegoat, that I recommend to anyone who will listen. Captivating and wonderfully original, it is undeniable proof of Du Maurier’s skill as one of the world’s best story-tellers. Have a read of what I thought of it here.
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Wild: Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, in which she treks the Pacific Crest trail to heal her heartbreak following the death of her beloved mother, as as awe-inspiring as it is enthralling. An honest, gritty account of Strayed’s heroic journey, its author is brave, its plot compelling, its message a poignant one. A truly wonderful book, I defy anyone to read this without being moved. Read my full review here.
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