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15 Book MEME 
20th-May-2009 08:52 pm

This is a MEME I saw on amyxaphania s LJ this morning and decided to snag -

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you.

So, here goes .... in no particular order :-

1) Anne of Green Gables (and series) - L.M. Montgomery
Mum has the full series, and I was given book 1 when I was 10, which I read and loved.  Mum then lent me the rest.  To read of an un-wanted 10 year old moving and settling into a loving family, and then going on to university, marrying, and seeing her children in World war 1.  A great series, and one I still re-read.

2)  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
A great story of an impossible love - starting again with an unwanted child growing up to care for another.  It is a beautiful story, full of heartache, and written about some of the sad social problems of the time, such as schools.

3)  The Mallory Towers series - Enid Blyton
When I was a kid I think I wore these books out - and although haven't read them in years, they will always be part of my life - dreaming of lacrosse and midnight feasts!

4)  Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
I read it before I saw the film.  It is the first book that I actually fell asleep reading ... at about 4 am!  An amazing love story set during the American Civil War.

5)  North and South (trilogy) - John Jakes
The middle book is set during the American Civil War as well.  A great story of 2 families who, although they come from different backgrounds, find friendship is the over-riding factor.  Sadly the third book is not well written, but the other 2 are lovely.

6)  The Princess Bride - William Goldman
I first read this book in 1980.  A friend borrowed it from the library at the advice of one of the staff ... and she read it straight through.  She lent it to me, as it was an escape from revising for our first year finals at college!  Great book that I am so glad was filmed, so more people could discover it.

7)  The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
The first book I actually read through the night.  Couldn't wait to find out if the Catholic priest would break his vows!

8)  Noddy series - Enid Blyton
As a kid Mum and Dad always read to me each night - and dreaded me getting out a Noddy book, as I knew the off by heart and they couldn't skip a word for an early night!

9)  The Following of the Star - Florence L. Barclay
Starting at Christmas it is the story of a rich cynical woman who marries an ailing vicar the day before he travels off to Africa to become a missionary.  It is a story of discovery - both of faith and of love.

10)  H.M.S.Ullyses - Alistair Maclean
I have read a lot of his books as a teen and 20s, but this one sticks in my mind, because like all his books there is that final twist, and although expecting it, I was still suprised when it turned up!

11)  The Dresdon series - J.M. Butcher 
I haven't read much other than Spuffy over the last few years, and only started listening to the CDs as they were given to me as a gift (Thank you Carolyn!), and because they were James!!!!  But having heard 1-4, I couldn't wait to know what happened, and have now read ... and re-read.  I just love the characters, and do always hear James voice in my head for some of the sentances!

12)  Testament of Youth (and Testament of Experience) - Vera Britten
A girl, her brother and 3 friends during World War 1 ... a great book written by her, and based on her diaries.

13)  When We Were Very Young (and Now we are 6) - A.A. Milne
I am hopeless at remembering poetry, yet these 2 books are different - I still love them, and know about 1/2 of them from memory even now.

14)  1066 And All That - W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
A short and cynical view to British history.  I gave up history at school, but this is full of lesser know details, and a graet read.

15)  Brave New World - Aldous Huxtley
I have always enjoyed sci fi on TV - but also in some books, and this is my favourite.  A great idea at trying to regulate humanity, yet discovering that those who don't fit the pattern are great.


20th-May-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

Great list

I especially agree with you on #1 #7 #11 #13 and#15
20th-May-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it wasn't as hard as I thought it might have been once I started.

The AA Milne poetry is just so special - and so lovely, however many times you read it ... as is the Anne series.
20th-May-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Mallory Towers was my favourite Enid Blyton series after The Famous Five. I don't even know how many times I read it when I was younger - I just loved it. I remember she had the St. Claire's school stories as well, but something about the characters of Darrell and Alicia and all the others in Mallory Towers was much more interesting. And now I'm getting the urge to re-read these books :D
20th-May-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I reaad the St Claire, but they weren't as good. As I was typing the name I thought about digging the books out and having a read, as well!
20th-May-2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
12) Testament of Youth (and Testament of Experience) - Vera Britten
A girl, her brother and 3 friends during World War 1 ... a great book written by her, and based on her diaries.

Yes, that's one of my favorites as well.
21st-May-2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Such a story of those years - my Grandfather (who died when I was 17) spent Feb 15 to Nov 18 in the trenches. To see it through her eyes was a real privalege.
20th-May-2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yes to Mallory Towers! I could never understand why my ordinary day school wasn't like that even one little bit! And yes to GWTW and AA Milne.

Want to do my own list now!
21st-May-2009 06:53 am (UTC)
You still can't beat AA Milne!!

Hope to see your list up at some point.
20th-May-2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
great list! I absolutely adored Anne of Green Gables, the book and the movie. Great stuff.
21st-May-2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Anne is great - although the last section of the TV mini series/film ended up completely different! But still love them all.
20th-May-2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Wow! I love your list!

Especially #'s 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15!

Gah, I feel all nostalgic now. *sniffs*

"Ashley, oh Ashley!"
21st-May-2009 06:55 am (UTC)
They are some great books.

I remember reading a Spuffy take on GWTW some time ago, which was brilliant.
21st-May-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
ooh ima have to check out some of those books!
jane eyre is one of my favs <3 im in love with mr. rochester! hah
22nd-May-2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Oh Mr Rochester is lovely - don't know whether you have ever seen it but the BBC did the book in the last 70s, and Mr Rochester was played by Timothy Dalton - double swoon!
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