10 of my Favourite Books

Cover of "The Lovely Bones"

Cover of The Lovely Bones

I love so many different books so a top 10 was difficult to compile.  These are books that I have read over and over again and stay with me long after they are closed.  This top 10 does not include horror or children’s fiction.

Here they are in no particular order;

1) The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold

2) Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

3) AtonementIan McEwan

4) The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak

5) The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

6) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

7) I’m the King of the CastleSusan Hill

8) The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

9) The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien

10) The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Australia Day – My Favourite Australian Books

Banksia men

Banksia men (Photo credit: mimbles)

What better way to celebrate Australia Day (Jan 26th) than to show some appreciation for Australian Literature.

Here are some of my favourite Australian books/authors;

1) Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay – I have always found this book fascinating.  I love the mystery and it still manages to give me chills every time I read it.  The imagery and how she describes the Australian setting is spot on.

2) The Complete Adventures of SnugglePot and Cuddle Pie by May Gibbs – As a child I found these tales (especially the illustrations) captivating.  May Gibbs was incredibly talented and creative who would think of having Gumnuts as the main characters?  I was always slightly disturbed by the Banksiamen though.  Creepy!

3) Any book by John Marsden – His novels got me through my teenage years.  My favourite are ‘Checkers’, ‘Letters from the Inside‘ and ‘So much to tell you‘.  All darkly fascinating.

4) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – The story really doesn’t have anything to do with Australia but the author is Australian and it is one of my favourite books.

5) Storm Boy by  Colin Thiele – Always used to make me cry, a beautiful story about a boy and his friendship with a pelican.

What are your favourite Australian books?