My Favourite Reads

If you search the Internet you can find lots of ‘Best Books Ever’ or ‘Top 100 Books To Read Before You Die’ lists. The BBC did a pretty decent Big Read list back in 2000 as well. It got me thinking that these lists are not for everyone, as maybe you just like crime thrillers, a bit of poetry, or some sci-fi etc.

Also, I think I’ve only read about a quarter of the suggested books on these ‘must read‘ lists, which sometimes makes me feel a little bit of a philistine. Then I got to thinking about the sort of people who compile these lists, the Guardian reader types, the arts councils, the pseudo-intellectuals, nah, I’m having none of that. I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye for example, and it’s without doubt one of the worst books I’ve ever read. So much for ‘literary classics’ eh!

So, I thought I’d compile my own list. Pretty random to be honest and no excuses about the lack of ‘classics’. I’ve read a few and liked many of them but I think on balance I prefer a certain type of book. Something that grabs me, intrigues me or entertains me.

I also love reading books that make me feel like I’m wasting my time trying to ‘be a writer’, i.e. such incredible writing that no matter how hard I try I know I’ll never be ‘as good’. Examples in prose would be anything by Frederick Forsyth or Cormac McCarthy. In poetry we’re talking Gary Snyder or Brian Patten. It sort of depresses me reading such brilliant material but then again it also makes me try harder, so all good I guess.

Below I’ve tried to create a diverse collection, in no particular order and limited each author to one book. No doubt I’ll update this list as and when but in the meantime might be worth a look…

My Top Reads

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