Sunday, August 05, 2012

Booker Award - not the real one

A lovely blogger, Rosalind Adam, has given me The Booker Award - not the one you're thinking about. This one means I have to tell you which are my five best novels of all time and then pass the award onto five other bloggies.


It's quite difficult picking five because I have so many books I cherish, but when I narrow it down I realize that most of my favorite ones are character-driven novels rather than plot-driven. Interesting....


So, here goes...My favorite all time novels:





The Gormenghast Trilogy. This has been my constant companion since I was about eighteen years old. Whenever life hits me cattywumpus I always dig out Titus Groan in his crumbling gothic castle. I don't think I can ever forget the chef Swelter. *If you saw the TV series, I can assure you it didn't do the book justice.








Another one with an amazing array of characters. First and foremost is an intelligent, witty but not altogether likeable whore in Victorian London. Since this is about the only period of history I'm interested in - and I'm passionate about it - this suits me perfectly. And Michel Faber doesn't disappoint nor stint on making this a truly atmospheric novel and I was sorry when I finished it.






I just finished this. If a book can transport you to another location - and a magical, wonderful, dream-like one - then I'm all in favour. This wasn't so much the characters, nor the plot, it was the reality that the author managed to conjure up out of something unreal, if you get my meaning. If the circus came to my town, I'd be there first in the queue.







Once read, who can forget Idgie Threadgood? I'd love to be inside this novel (even if it's set in the Depression) and eat ham and grits at the counter of the café. And Ninny must be the sweetest old lady ever to inhabit an old people's home.










I could've picked any Terry Pratchett book, actually. They're jam packed with amazing characters such as Death (in this case) who needs an apprentice. The dialogue in all his books are screamingly funny and no-one who reads them will forget Sergeant Colon, Nanny Ogg, The Luggage or Binky - Death's horse.


Here's a little teaser: " 'Who's playing the maracas?'
Death grinned. 'MARACAS? I DON'T NEED...MARACAS.'




And now....my nominees for The Booker Award:


Elin Gregory
Julia Kavan
Catherine Cavendish
Lynn Procter
M.J. Fifield

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the nomination. :) I've only read 2 of yours. Might give the Michael Faber one a go.

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  2. Thanks for the nomination, Sue! I really should try reading Terry Pratchett, several of my friends think his books are wonderful :-) I shall get thinking about my favourite books...hmmm...

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  3. Get going you two! I'm looking forward to see your favorite books.

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  4. Congratulations! Like the quote you selected for the last book.

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  5. I love seeing books I haven't read before. :)
    Congratulations!!

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  6. I've never read any of these before! I'll have to add them to the list! I read several Terry Pratchett books in high school - and loved them - haven't read one since. I'll have to fix that!

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  7. Congratulations! You know, I have a nice old copy of the Gormenghast trilogy sitting on my bookshelf. It's one of the few books I own that I haven't read yet. You're gasping out loud now, aren't you? I need to read it, I know.

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  8. Thanks Alex. Glad I gave you some new recommendations Ciara and Jemi. *Gasp* Christine!! I hope you enjoy it if you do get round to reading it :-)

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  9. Congratulations :-) Fried Green Tomatoes - wonderful, wonderful book.

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  10. Great selection of books Sue. Terry Pratchett is an amazing writer - and a thoroughly great human being too. My late Godmother, May Hedges, used to correspond regularly with him and his office and they used to send her hardback copies of his new books. She used to say she was his oldest fan. When she died, at the age of 98, a couple of years ago, I wrote to him and received a lovely reply. I love Fannie Flagg's books and Fried Green Tomatoes was the first one I read. Thank you for the Award, I shall have to think of mine and that is not going to be easy, although I do think Martin Millar will feature on it...

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  11. Thank you Teresa! Gosh, Catherine, your godmother was a very lucky woman.

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  12. I've seen The Night Circus mentioned many times. I need to pick it up.

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  13. i have been meaning to read fried green tomatoes---thank you so very much susan for my award :)

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  14. I haven't read any of these, looks like I have a few to add to my list :)

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  15. Thanks for the link, Susan. You've listed out those kind of books that I've heard about but never read. I must admit the TV production of Gormenghast put me right off reading the book.

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  16. I've read Fried Green Tomatoes..., but it was so long ago that I can't remember much about it. I've never forgotten the name though. It's that distinctive.

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  17. I haven't read any of these! I did see the Fried Green Tomatoes movie and enjoyed it. I've had The Night Circus on my TBR list for a while.

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  18. An interesting selection... I've heard a lot about The Night Circus.
    The name Fried Green Tomatoes reminds me of a movie title... ?

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  19. The Gormenghast Trilogy is one I've been meaning to read for quite some time now. Great selection of books.

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