Books I love

I sometimes wonder how it is that I've gone from ripping-through-fiction-and-non-fiction-alike to hardly-ever-read-any-fiction-but-will-gladly-read-non-fiction now, and the answer is: I loathe bad fiction. With non-fiction I can at least tell - usually by the cover - if there's a story in there, skip a chapter or two without losing much and if it's still cr*p, put it aside. No guilt, nothing.

With fiction, on the other hand, it's like I need to labour myself halfway into the book before I can say - with a degree of confidence - that it really wasn't much of a read. And frankly, I have better things to do than read bad fiction.

I do have a few books I absolutely love, love, love though. Wonderful, meaningful, memorable reads.

So if you're hunting for a good book and want somebody to vouch for it before taking it up, here's my collection.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It's like... how do these stories even come to authors? How do you come up with something like that? Spectacular.

Unsaid by Neil Abramson

The single most powerful book I've read in my life.

Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

A dogsledding story made even funnier by the fact that it's all true and very believable. I laughed until I cried (and peed).

Marley & Me by John Grogan
Another wonderful, rollicking read.

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French 

A children's book I enjoyed so dearly that I have since recommended it to several people, librarians included, and have only heard of how much it is loved.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

A rhyming children's story I didn't much like at first, but have now read so, so many times! Flows wonderfully.

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