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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust

Nooj, excuse my tardiness. It’s not quite a list of my favourites as much as the twenty most memorable books I’ve read:

  1. The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  5. Sula by Toni Morissen
  6. Ake by Wole Soyinka
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (not my favourite Auestenian but one of those books that come to define you)
  8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (by far, Austen’s masterpiece)
  9. Persuasion (personal resonance)
  10. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (Shatteringly beautiful descriptions and high scores on personal resonance)
  11. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  12. County of my Skull by Antjie Krog (No South African can understand what this country is about without reading this)
  13. Letters to Alice by Fay Weldon (A brilliant book on everything from literary theory, love and Jane Austen)
  14. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (Holden Caulfield is a hero)
  15. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (Beautifully written)
  16. For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway (I was twelve when I first read it, not exactly appropriate reading but it taught me what fascism is and moleskin or not, Hemingway was a sexist despot wielding a well attuned pen)
  17. The journals of Sylvia Plath (My hero)
  18. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton (Quintessentially South African, schmaltzy liberalism yes, but as a window into another time it’s precious)
  19. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (Another novel I may have read too young, West Egg, East Egg. Good times)
  20. You just don’t understand by Deborah Tannen

    It’s quite jarring to realise how much there still is to read.

9 replies on ““There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust”

>PS. I personally didnt enjoy Heart of Darkness at Uni…but Herman Charles Bosman was my hero 😀

>I love Austen and Wuthering Heights is also on my list of all time favourites.

I generally love the whole set in the 17th / 18th century get-up but they have to written well.

>Worthy knight Irfaan, "Who are you?" said the Caterpillar. This was not a promising opening for a conversation. 😉

Noojie, Heart of Darkness is difficult to read, mentally bruising, "The Horror, The Horror…"

Mash, hahahaha. brilliant!

>glad to see this list.

Quote for the future generations:

"“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with facebook.” That Mash Guy 2009

>We did Heart of Darkness in Uni. I found that as creamy to chew as backyard chicken. Irfling dear you're just a Pratchett wannabe. Alice in wonderland was just the right amount of nonsense. But yes Heart of darkness left me searching for cyanide. Pride and Prejudice was the coolest of the Mills and Boons on my sisters' shelf. I couldn't get through Wuthering Heights I don't know why. I'm so happy we're talking about books.

>Alice in Wonderland is one of the hardest books I've ever read. Kudos to you for finishing it.

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