I've decided to blog weekly or as near to weekly as I can about my reading habits, books I love/hate etc etc.
I was going to start a whole new blog for this purpose but decided against it as I know I'll just never ever keep on top of two blogs however good my intentions might be!
So for tonight I thought I'd talk about three of my all time favourite books.
1. My Third placed book of all time is Louis De Berniéres amazing 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'
My sister recommended this book to me years ago and I struggled to get through the first 100 or so pages...but I'm glad I did, it is one of the most touching and poignant stories I've ever read.
I remember sitting reading it on a bus home one sunday lunchtime and suddenly realising that everyone else on the bus could see the tears streaming down my face.
The ending to this story is so bitter sweet, happy but heart breakingly sad...definitely one to persevere with if the initial 100-120 pages drag on and on.
Just a small note though...whilst the book is amazing the film is one of the biggest wastes of my time ever...if you've seen the film and not read the book please don't judge it by the appalling-ness of the film.
2. My Second favourite book of all time is Maeve Binchy's rather lovely 'Light A Penny Candle'.
The funny/sad/happy/tragic story of Aisling and Elizabeth.
Quiet mousey Elizabeth is sent to live with Aisling and her large loud family in small town Ireland during WW2, this begins the tale of their lifelong friendship.
The tales of Elizabeth and Aislings exploits as children made me laugh, but their lives as they grow up and begin to take on adult responsibilities sometimes brought tears to my eyes.
I loved the character Aisling and her irrepressible spirit so much that I gave one of my daughters the middle name Aisling.
3. My all time numero uno favourite book in the whole wide world ever is Kathleen Winsors bodice rippingly brilliant 'Forever Amber'.
This is a historical romance set during the restoration of Charles II.
Orphaned Amber St Clare sets about working her way up to the very highest place in society...the kings mistress, but all she ever truly wants is the love of the one man she can't have,because he dosen't want her!
This book takes in the restoration, the plague of 1665, the great fire of London and uses them all to great effect.
Published way back in 1944 this book was banned in 14 US states because of its 'extreme pornographic content', believe me you'll see more porn on Emmerdale than in this book!
And of course because its a historical tale there are lots of references to real people who lived at court during this period which made it doubly fascinating for me!
I'd really love to hear if anyone else has read these books and their opinions of them.
Dorset Summer 2017
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