I refuse to stick to just one, can I have four? I guess I can. It’s my blog, I make the rules, so….
1) The Bible. I’m not a Christian, or in any way religious, but there are so many allusions to the bible in so much literature that I feel that it is important to have an awareness of the book if you’re a reader. I was always shocked at university that other literature students hadn’t bothered to read the bible when studying Chaucer, morality plays etc.
2) The Diary of Anne Frank This is the book I probably read most as a child and it fascinated me that someone could live cooped up in a tiny hiding place with a different family as much as it shocked and scared me that they would ever need to. As an adult I can see how powerful the diary is and better appreciate the spirit of the young girl who holds on to her hope and dignity in spite of the appalling way her people are treated. I think there’s a lesson for everyone in there.
3) Thirteen Reasons Why On the surface, a book for young adults, but I think the message is relevant to all. Yes it would be nice to believe that adults behave impeccably, but I think we would all agree that that’s not strictly true. This is a book which makes you think about the unseen consequences of your behaviour.
4) Oryx and Crake Call me paranoid, but I worry that this could be the future. Resist, resist!
What are your must read books?