Home Life Simplified’s List Mania Eleven was just too tempting for me.
My favourite author:
It’s really difficult for me to narrow this down to one writer, but I will read anything by Lily Brett. I think she is smart and funny and strong. She’s a beautiful writer and generally, I think, underrated. I actually haven’t picked up her latest novel, Lola Bensky, so I’ll have to have a look for it at the library (bugger you, book embargo).
Other favourite books:
I’d love to photograph my actual favourite books, but a lot are out on loan. Choosing my favourite books of all time is as daunting as choosing my favourite student. I feel that each book I read adds something to my life or my mind or my imagination. Some of them stick around in my mind for longer, others I forget completely. I never read a book again, so having a clear image from a book I have read in my mind for years to come will make it really stand out for me. These are my most recent favourite reads from the last year or two:
The Bone People – Kerri Hulme
The Street Sweeper – Elliot Perlman
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver
The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
Tar Baby – Toni Morrison
The Tall Man – Chloe Hooper
Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), Cats Eye (Atwood), The Diary of Anne Frank, Archy and Mehitabel (Don Marquis), Slaughterhouse 5 (Vonnegut).
Children’s literature favourites?
Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge – Mem Fox
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
Winnie the Pooh – A. A. Milne
Enid Blyton (anything, anything, anything).
Current bedside books:
Three Dollars – Elliot Perlman
I am currently reading this, having loved his most recent book, The Streetsweeper. So far this is holding up well.
Patience and Sarah – Isabel Miller
Next to be read from my favourite list: Feminista’s 100 Great 20th Century Works of Fiction By Women.
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
I’m reading this with Little Fearse at the moment. Though the original copy we were reading completely disappeared, so I’ve had to hunt down a second copy (weirdly, we had two).
Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Suess
I love reading this aloud and Little Fearse seems to enjoy it, so we keep it close at hand for bed time.
Nursery Treasury – Belinda Gallagher
Another great read aloud full of rhymes and songs.
In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life – Robert Kegan
On loan from my brother. It’s highly readable and very interesting but I’m making little headway with it.
Thanks for reading my indulgent post about books. If you’re a blogger you may like to check out Home Life Simplified each Monday for other List Mania prompts.