“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde
Apart from shoes and lipsticks, one thing I’m addicted to buying and hoarding is books. To me, education, music and books are the three most important things you can give to a child, and I’m glad Momma Keeling and Big Les passed their bookworm tendencies onto me.
Carla is currently recounting her top reads, so I thought I’d give you mine. Mainly because I’m part way through High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and it’s fast becoming one of my favourites, and because I’m a bit of a blog post sheep (baaa).
So, without further ado, here are my most loved (and re-read) books, in no particular order:
Hilarious, heart-breaking and life-affirming. That’s how this book is described and it’s pretty on the money. Marian Keyes is an amazing writer and the Walsh family novels are truly funny (Helen is a pisser, for want of a better word). You’ll laugh, cry and never see the plot twist coming.
Best quote: “Calm down? My daughter’s getting married today even if it isn’t in a church and one of you five bitches has stolen my Multiple Orgasm. It’s like the time you stole all my combs,” – this was an often-repeated resentment – “and I was going to mass because it was a holy day of obligation and I had to comb my hair with a fork.”
This book got me through my daily commute to work and made me look like a complete loon when I laughed out loud on the bus. I want Gemma Burgess to be my best mate – she’s hilarious and makes the characters she’s created seem exceptionally real.
Best quote: “Do you know how to open a coconut?” “’Open’ a coconut?’” I repeat. “I’m making a tropical punch.” “What a stunning idea,” I say. “Not original enough for you, my little creative bunny? Fine. Here’s a twist for you: when someone drinks it, you have to hit them in the face. Get it? Tropical punch.”
The Nanny is a book I read every winter and a tradition I’ve kept up for nearly ten years. It’s a perfect, light-hearted story, but I always feel a little sad that the author, Melissa Nathan passed away in 2006.
Best quote: “Who’s got a face like a slapped arse then?’” came a sudden voice. Jo turned to face John Saunders, who was loitering on the corner of the deserted village High Street. Being told your face resembled a slapped arse would be an insult from anyone, but coming from John Saunders, whose face appeared to be on inside out, it was enough to put Jo on quite a downer.
I was a little late to the party when it came to this book and I was apprehensive of reading it after seeing the fuss that was made. But the fuss is worth it – I read this book in a day and I can safely say I’ve never read anything quite like it. Everyone should read it.
Best quote: “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
Okay, this is an honourable mention as I’m still reading it – but I love it. It also has nothing to do with the fact that I’d quite like to be John Cusack (who appears in the film). It’s written in a way that suits me to a tee, and although the movie differs in part to the book, both are incredible.
Best quote: “I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.”