The top ten books which have stayed with me

This is one ‘challenge’ that actually, I was pretty excited to be nominated for! I didn’t really want to clog up everyone’s Facebook feeds with the ramblings of a Literature student, so I thought it would be a great excuse for a blog post.

Unlike the lovely Roxanne, I just couldn’t bring myself to jot these down on the tube as it took an astounding amount of decision. So I sat at home this evening and created a list of about 20 books and then ruthlessly cut it down. Ones which didn’t make the final ten, heartbreakingly, were the entire Harry Potter series and plays by my main man Billy Shakespeare, only because I decided they didn’t technically constitute as a ‘book’.

I was going to explain each of my choices, but I actually think that most of them don’t really need explaining because, well, they’re all amazing. So in no particular order here are the top ten books which have stayed with me.

  1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  4. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  5. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  7. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  8. The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  9. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

How very English student of me, but actually only one of these I first came across in class. The others I all read out of my own personal choice and then I later chose some to study at university!

Thanks Harley, Roxanne and Sophie for the nominations. Next up I choose Ann, and when you’re back from being on holiday, Siobhan and Saira! Can’t wait to hear what you choose.

Photo: Chris / Flickr

Published by Sian Elvin

Journalist and editor from the UK.

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