Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ultimate Reads

In my last post, I wrote about the great re-reads of my life... and why. This time, I want to ask you, my readers, what your most favourite books of all time are and how many times you've read them. Is there a reason why you go back to it - the characters, the storyline, the way it's written?

And I have another question as well: if there was an ultimate read you've been wanting and pining after what would it be? Have you been looking at that book in the bookstore, at the library, on Amazon and wished you could get your head around or you have it in your Mt To Be Read and just haven't gotten around to it - and don't know why. Tell us about it.

I have a few books that I have stored here in my collection which I'd love to just sit down and lose myself in; but it's finding the time to do just that I find is the problem. In between writing books, editing my current work and doing my craft, cleaning out my house and working on my garden, I think I have spread myself a little too thin. But I do love to just look at my books and recall where they come from (this is what I'm doing with one of my books I'm calling The Red Ledger; ie: the book ledger). It's a book about my writing and books I've read and have in my collection and how this collection came to be so big and why.

The ultimate reads in my collection are varied:

'A Suitable Boy' Vikram Seth
'The Dark Tower Series' by Stephen King
'The Portable Dorothy Parker' by Brendan Gill
'The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter'
'Wrestling With The Angel' by Michael King
'The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories' by H.P Lovecraft

There's others, but these are my top six of my list... and yes, I know that the second one is a series of books (of which I'm up to book 4). This list doesn't vary much but I do enjoy getting in and working on it when I can.

So, do tell... what books are you ultimate reads, your whale, your mountain to climb? Until my next post, happy reading.


  1. My favorite books of all time tend to change over the years for varied reasons... Some of my favorite books include: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, 20,000 Under the Sea by Jules Verne, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein... I'm sure there are more favorites but these are the only ones that are coming to mind at the moment.

    As far as books I'd love to read that are in my ever growing 'to be read pile' here's my list:

    1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    4. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
    5. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    6. Down to a Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck
    7. The Silver Lotus by Thomas Steinbeck
    8. In the Shadow of the Cypress by Thomas Steinbeck
    9. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
    10. What We Become by Arturo Perez Reverte

    1. Your favourites list, and your Mt TBR list are wonderful! It's funny how we all have those lists of books which are around us but we never get around to reading... our 'one of these days' books. Well, I'm chipping away at my list slowly, slowly and that's a good thing.

    2. Yes, it's funny how things work out. I have so many books I want to read and yet, I keep buying more books... I think I've purchased 13+ in the past month alone... Plus I've won a couple of free books from GoodReads recently... I can't seem to read fast enought to catch up with my 'tbr' pile.

    3. My problem isn't that I buy the books, but I forget the great ones are there until years later when I'm looking for something to read, and I stumble upon them by accident; not realising I had such greatness in amongst my shelves. :D

    4. Several years ago I was given an anthology of James Joyce: The Dubliners, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I've been meaning to read it but something else always looked more appealing, or I needed to write a review for an Early Reviewer book. I think I even started it once, but didn't get very far. As I was finishing reading my most recent book, I was reminded of James Joyce, and will start it next, as soon as I'm able to read following eye surgery tomorrow.