A-Z: books too brilliant to put down

To give you an idea of where I’m coming from on this, everyone loved ‘One Day’ whereas I hated it so much I threw it at the wall when I’d finished. I own over 250 books and this is the only one that has provoked a physical reaction. I’ve never been able to get further than a couple of chapters through ‘Life of Pi’. Yes I know, you’re all going to rave about it but I just find it bloody dull. I’ve also never read a lot of the classics, no Tolkien; no Handmaid’s Tale; no To Kill A Mockingbird. They’ve just sort of passed me by. I have however read Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass more times than you can imagine. O frabjous day!

So moving on to those I love –

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

“I am not important. If I take a break, no one dies. And this is A Good Thing.” The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.” The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“The best revenge, like the best sex, is performed slowly, and with the eyes open.” Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

“Tom has a theory that homosexuals and single women in their thirties have natural bonding: both being accustomed to disappointing their parents and being treated as freaks by society.” Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


With thanks to ‘My Life: An autobiographical journal from Adventures to Zealous Plots’ by Mr Boddington’s Studio



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