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Top books to enjoy and avoid

I thought about it last night, what my "top ten" books would be were I asked to give them. I actually tried really hard to be inventive, and a little bit left field. I wanted to stick a few books in there that not many people would have heard of... But I realised that at the end of the day, the famous books are famous because they're probably a lot of people's favourite book. Sure, there were a couple I thought of that were a little bit renegade; my little anarchistic choices to put paid to the establishment of championed authors... But then I thought of a well known book... and how much more I did actually enjoy it when compared...

So here's my final list (as of the end of 2011). Course, it will change and alter as I read more, but ultimately, the good ones will stick, more people will recommend them, more people will read them and more often than not Hollywood will murder them. I say that only so that you do not judge me harshly on my number 1 book if you've only ever seen it's predecessor's film version... *shudder*

My Top Ten Books
  1. The Subtle Knife (of His Dark Materials Trilogy) - Phillip Pullman
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix - JK Rowling
  3. Hannibal - Thomas Harris
  4. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  5. Dreamcatcher - Stephen King
  6. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaimon
  7. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  8. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  9. The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
  10. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
So there you have it. I would like to also give special mention to Interview with the Vampire, that fell just outside my top ten but I'd feel bad not to give it page space in this context of "favourites".

By the way, there have been SO MANY books I have been disappointed by due to hype. Don't think that because it's famous, it's good. In fact... here's my list of "famous" books I would recommend you avoid (if your own top ten looks anything like mine, you may find you agree) And yes, I have read them all.
  1. Angels and Demons and actually, The Da Vinci Code too if you like actual good writing, though I'll give it reprieve because it was minutely original at the time.
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo et al - The whole series is boring and long and, just why?
  3. Hannibal Rising (and man, wasn't this one a stake through the heart considering number 3 of my top ten list...)
  4. The Twilight Saga just no.
  5. Sabriel - I really didn't get this entire series. So many people love it. Guess the author just isn't my style.
  6. The Lovely Bones - zzzzzz. It had (kind of) ghosts in it and I didnt finish it. That's all you need to know.
Im thinking of doing a "guilty pleasures" list but might save that for another post. They're going to need explainations ;)  Leave your top tens in the comments if you fancy, would love to take a peek,

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  1. Wowza - my top ten books? Let me consult my brain...

    1. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
    2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    4. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
    5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    6. Salem's Lot by Stephen King
    7. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    8. The Runaway by Martina Cole (guilty pleasure)
    9. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
    10. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King

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