Can you even read the title of the third book down!? 🤔
These are 20-11 of my favourite 100 reads. 🤓
My thoughts on today's books: .
● Titus Groan. Grotesque, glorious, sinister, squalid, pompous and outrageous, the characters in this first book in the Gormenghast Trilogy are astonishing, and the world so strangely wonderful. It's somehow surreal and gritty at the same time. 📚
● Kim. The Great Game is afoot, spies and assassins, secret passwords, disguises and chases across South East Asia. Kipling's storytelling is brilliant, his characters vivid and his scenes thrilling to the five senses. 📚
● Anna Karenina. It was a toss up between Anna K and W+P. I went for Anna as she's more accessible. Many think he is the greatest writer who has ever lived. Who am I to argue. His characters live, and he contains the Whole world in a few hundred pages of prose. Mandatory reading. 📚
● and the others... ○ The Secret History. Cinematic, dangerous and spellbinding tale of dark goings on at college. ○ Matilda. Just a joy. My favourite Dahl. Such a sad, funny, wonderful, uplifting story. A real readers' story. ○ A Fraction of the Whole. No plot line goes where you think it will, no sentence ends how you expect. Be prepared to be bombarded and overwhelmed by prose. ○ Catcher in the Rye. No novel has ever sparked a dialogue with my consciousness like this one. Amazing. ○ Jane of Lantern Hill. I love AoGG but I adore Jane. The perfect LMM novel. ○ Human Traces. A brilliant tale of two whole lives, and a lifelong friendship. Faulks is a master storyteller. ○ The Honey Seige. Beautiful, wistful tale of a kids' rebellion against unjust authority in small town France. Fabulous.
The full 100 list is on my blog site, just click the link in my bio.
Any favourites here? .
11. A Fraction of the Whole, by Steve Toltz
12. Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
13. Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
14. The Honey Siege, by Gil Buhet
15. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
16. A Secret History, Donna Tartt
17. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
18. Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
19. Human Traces, by Sebastian Faulks
20. Jane of Lantern Hill, by LM Montgomery