Top Ten ~ Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Inspired by The Broke and the Bookish.

This was a very hard list to compile. It probably wouldn’t be exactly the same on a different day. Today, this is what it looks like.

1. Ma vie a changé, Marie-Aude Murail ~ Yes, you’ve realised by now that I think Marie-Aude Murail is great. Some people learn French to read Victor Hugo, but really they should consider learning the language to read her fiction. This particular book is about a single mum and her son having to deal with a cheeky elf playing little tricks on them. I have read this book more times than I can count. And, actually, I should have mentioned last week, I am completely in love with Timothé (the elf).

2. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman ~ I’ve talked enough about these books on here I think.

3. Antigone, Jean Anouilh ~ This is a twentieth century re-writing of Sophocles’ famous play of the same name. It is about duty, happiness and being brave. And it was written in France during World War II. A real masterpiece. And I use the word sparingly.

4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen ~ For months after reading this classic I collected facts surrounding both the book and the author (I know. But come on, who didn’t?). His first name is Fitzwilliam, after his mother’s last name, in case you’d like to know.

5. L’Enchanteur, René Barjavel ~ A very poetic re-writing of Arthurian legends and if you don’t know that by now then I’ll just state my undying love of medieval knights again. There.

6. The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa ~ I wrote about that one recently. Beautiful prose, beautiful themes and a wonderful setting.

7. Tales of the Otori, Lian Hearn ~ Medieval Japan and the characters kind of have super powers. Enough said.

8. Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce ~ Another children’s book. I’m starting to think I should dedicate a list to those sometime. A little boy with measles goes to stay with his uncle and aunt in order not to contaminate his brother. He wakes up in the middle of the night when the clock strikes thirteen and makes a wonderful discovery in the old building’s garden. It is a lovely little book about chance encounters, flowers and the beauties of childhood.

9. Paradise Lost, John Milton ~ I didn’t expect to love this one so much when I read it for my degree. A real epic if ever there was one. And Satan is so likeable, you have to admire Milton for his so very modern vision. Not to mention his incredible writing skills.

10. La Prose du Transsibérien (Prose of the Trans-Siberian), Blaise Cendrars ~ Technically, this is a very long poem. I discovered it thanks to a friend’s art project, and what a discovery it was. If I’m completely honest, it’s a tie between this and Beaudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil

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