Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

My Favourite Things: Books

Before I became a library worker I did a course on Library and Information Studies. During a lecture I asked the other students what were some of their favourite books, and some of them could not come up with an answer. Which astounded me. I have very firm views on what books are my faves. I mean, you know it when you read the damn things. Don’t you? Anyway, the list features the usual bunch of scifi books, but I mix it up. There’s some classics, some non fiction, some childhood faves, some plays, some poetry, even a manga. If I had more time, I would read them all again (some, I have).

100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

(the book that introduced me to Magic Realism)

I Heard the Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

The Dispossessed – Ursula Le Guin

(the book I love the most)

Martian Time Slip – Philip K Dick

Urusei Yatsura – Rumiko Takahashi

The Man In the High Castle – Philip K Dick

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Persuasion – Jane Austen

(the book that reminded me I have resources for solitude)

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoievsky

My Brother Jack – George Johnston

The Time Machine – H G Wells

Timescape – Gregory Benford

An Atlantic Tunnel, Hurrah – Harry Harrison

Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov

Rendezvous With Rama – Arthur C Clarke

Contact – Carl Sagan

An Alien Heat – Michael Moorcock

(the book that took me to the future)

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Riddley Walker – Russell Hoban

Revolution In the Head – Ian Macdonald

Everyone’s Gone to the Moon – Philip Norman

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom – Nick Cohn

1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die – Tom Moon

The Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr & E B White

The Tao/Te Ching – Lao Tzu

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin

Gateway – Frederick Pohl

Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C S Lewis

Watership Downs – Richard Adams

To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip Jose Farmers

The Thrill of the Grass – W P Kinsella

Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg

Tess – Thomas Hardy

Dinotopia – James Gurney

The Jungle Books – Rudyard Kipling

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle

Ulysses – James Joyce

Dune – Frank Herbert

Perelandra – C S Lewis

Tiger Tiger – Alfred Bester

Crash – J G Ballard

A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter M Miller

Earth Abides – George R Stewart

Tau Zero – Poul Anderson

The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth – Roger Zelazny

Understanding Jung – Peter O’Connor

Beyond the Promised Land – David Noble

The Indispensable Chomsky – Noam Chomsky

Hi Fidelity – Nick Hornby

The Music Goes Round My Head – David Johnston

Homage To Catalonia – George Orwell

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Swords and Deviltry – Fritz Leiber

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Greg Matthews

King Solomon’s Mines – H Rider Haggard

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

Rimbaud Complete Works – Arthur Rimbaud

The Shipping News – E Annie Proulx

Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

Like Water For Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

Eva Luna – Isabelle Allende

Lavinia – Ursula Le Guin

Was – Geoff Ryman

Waterland – Graham Swift

Wind In the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Charlotte’s Web – E B White

Chronicle – Bob Dylan

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Dragonflight – Anne McCaffrey

Winnie the Pooh/House On Pooh Corner – A A Milne

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe

The Egyptian – Mika Waltari

The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut

Methuselah’s Children – Robert Heinlein

The Silver Locusts – Ray Bradbury

The Edge of Beyond – Captain W E Johns

The Chris Godfrey Series – Hugh Walters

Raiders of the Rings – Alan E Nourse

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