Ten Books that have Stayed With Me

I was tagged by the lovely Josephine Myles on FB, so here goes:

Ten books that have stayed with me – in no particular order, and omitting many more:

The Machine Stops – EM Forster

Gobsmacking prescience re the internet

Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett

Impossible to choose just one. And a masterclass in British humour

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

A real eye-opener after reading works by her near-contemporary, Jane Austen: all that passion!

The Italian – Ann Radcliffe

Her best, most complex villain, plus her trademark lush scenery and gothic atmosphere

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

Wonderfully rambling unreliable narrator – and a killer ending

The Story of Art – EH Gombrich

Enthralling and enlightening to one utterly devoid of an artist’s eye

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Shockingly modern

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling

Fantastically imaginative ideas

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

In all its many forms – I still can’t think of it without the radio show theme song playing in my mind Smile

The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

My two favourite genres, rolled into one hard-boiled first-person narrative


I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to join in if you have a yen to do so! Open-mouthed smile

About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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