Julian Barnes, Jane Austen, Ann Patchett, Miriam Toews, Jasper Fforde, Sandra Gulland, Jack Whyte . . . but I'll read just about anythingThat last bit is a lie, of course. I will not read 'just about anything', even when desperate. I recognize that I don't necessarily have the greatest taste in books - but I'm still a bit of a snob. As I studied this list, I couldn't help wondering if these authors and their writing continue to represent my 'favourites' - the best of the best that I've ever read. It's been years since I've read any Julian Barnes, especially something I would include in a 'favourites' list, and the same goes for most of the authors on that list. As you've likely already gathered, I intend to reappraise my list of favourite books. These are the books that I tell people are my favourites and that I tend to revisit:
- The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, by Julian Barnes
- England, England, by Julian Barnes
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
- The Magicians Assisstant, by Ann Patchett
- Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
- Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond
- A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews
- Josephine B. trilogy, by Sandra Gulland
- Dream of Eagles saga by Jack Whyte
This is a fairly substantial list, and I'm really not a very fast reader. I'll keep you posted as I work my way through the list, but recognize that it will take some time.
Let's see what happens.