These are a few of my favourite things (to read)

8 September is International Literacy Day. As a reader and a writer I am deeply grateful for the ability to read.  I am even more grateful for my love of reading; people who can read but choose not to are hard for me to understand. 

I will be celebrating literacy day by going home and spending the evening with a good book; while sitting in a lounge surrounded by book shelves, filled and overflowing with books.  I wanted to share something about the books and author’s that I love, but lists of favourite books or best books worry me. How can I pick just one, or five or ten? And what about all the books I haven’t read? 

So I decided to share a list of some of the books which I have read repeatedly. I took more than twice as the cut-off, and only noted books read as an adult. So this does not include the many wonderful children’s books which I read and reread when I was very young.  I should add that this is a fairly random list. I am sure I have left off several books, and if I wrote this next week it might look slightly different. But it does give some idea of the books and authors I love, and might suggest a book that you want to read next. 

My little list 

Douglas Adams – The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy (and sequels) 

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale 

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice 

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre 

Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop 

Barry Hughart – Bridge of Birds 

Esther Friesner – Yesterday We Saw Mermaids 

Rosemary Kirstein – The Steerswoman series 

Ursula K LeGuin – The Earthsea series 

Alison Lurie – The Portrait of Lorin Jones 

Ellis Peters – Brother Cadfael books 

Marge Piercy – He, She and It (also published as Body of Glass

Terry Pratchett – I can happily reread any of his books, and frequently do 

J K Rowling – Harry Potter books 

J R R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings 

And now I am going home. I think I can hear a book calling me. Happy Literacy Day to all you happy readers. 

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