Day Two: Top Five Favourite Books/Series You’ve Read
These are not in any particular order, and they are drawn from my vast experience of reading matter from the last 30 years. I hope they might inspire you to try something new if you have never read any of these before.
1. The Earth’s Children series. Beginning with the Clan of the Cave Bear and ending with The Land of Painted Caves this is an epic story of Ayla, a Neolithic girl who grows up with Neanderthals and then finds her own way in the world eventually. Absolutely stunning with its attention to detail and a fantastic story, well told and well written.
2. Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. Crime thrillers set in Edinburgh with a maverick cop as the protagonist, the whole series of these has never failed to deliver a thumping good read and excellent conclusions/denouements.
3. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris. I don’t know whether it was because of the frame of mind I was in when I read it or just because this book was just magical, but this one has got to be up there on my top 5 list. Atmospheric, romantic, thrilling, sensuous, challenging….wonderful stuff. I’m not a great chocolate lover but I was still swept away and caught up in the whole chocolate shop thing and, as is true with most other successful books, it was the human relationships that really sold it to me.
4. Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May series. This is a series about a pair of aging detectives set in London. The characters themselves are entertaining enough, but the cases they handle are weird, crooked, highly plausible despite their apparent supernaturalness, historical, informative and just downright brilliant. I would highly recommend these if you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
5. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This makes it onto my list because of the sheer impact it had on me when I first read it. It’s more than a romance, and it is more than just-another-supernatural yarn. It is sheer genius and I was extremely moved by the human-ness in the relationships in the book and the ending was just one of the most emotional I have ever read. I absolutely loved this one and was hoping that the film version would do it justice….and it did (phew!!).