15 books


I confessed to being unable to play the 30 songs game today, but have no trouble following Deborah at In A Strange Land with books:

The idea is that without thinking about it too much, and within the space of 15 minutes, you name 15 books that will always stay with you. I added a wrinkle – no more than one book per author . . .

1. For Better, For Worse and For Lunch by Christina Hindhaugh – the book I wish I’d written.

2. Grievous Bodily by Craig Harrison – it makes me laugh.

3. The Sundowners by Jon Cleary – the first book from the master of story telling.

4. Here Comes Another Vital Moment by Diane Brown – A travel book with poems or a poetry book on travel – whichever it is, it’s beautifully written.

5. Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith – like Grievous Bodily it makes me laugh.

6. See Ya Simon by David Hill – it makes me cry.

7. Alex by Tessa Duder – if I was 40 years younger this is who I’d want to be.

8. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico – my parents’ copy is now mine, read and re-read regularly.

9. I Am David by Ann Holm – beautifully written account of a young boy who escapes from a concentration camp which made me see the world with fresh eyes.

10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – a very fresh approach to a very old story.

11. The Book of Fame  by Lloyd Jones – almost poetic in the simplicity of its style and like good poetry it conveys much more than it seems to at first glance.

12. A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute – the story of a strong woman who survives against the odds, then uses her skills and unexpected wealth to help those who helped her.

13. Looking for Alibrandi  by Melina Marchetta – another feisty teenager.

14. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – I read my best friend’s mother’s copy when I was at primary school, loved it then and still enjoy re-reading it.

15. A Fence Around the Cuckoo by Ruth Park – the first volume of the autobiography. It covers here growing up during the Depression, determined to write.

I could go on very easily, but the rules say 15 so that’s it – for now.

Five by New Zealanders, four by Australians, three by Americans and one by a Canadian; eight by women, all written in the 20th century. Older books, newer books and those by British writers will have to wait for my next list.

UPDATE: Unmana is playing the book game too.

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