Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re looking at books that were good enough to read in one sitting (or would have done if I’d had the time!)
1. ‘The Green Mile’ by Stephen King. It’s a whopper of a book but I only broke away from it to sleep and eat. Not the kind of horror that Stephen King is best known for, but certainly a thriller, with a bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure.
2. ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. A reimagining of the life of Shakespeare’s son and a time of witches and plague.
3. ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns. Gripping tale of life growing up in Belfast during ‘the troubles’.
4. ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn. Remember reading this when I was on chemo about 20 years ago and thinking that the one good thing about being ill was being about to devour it in one go.
5. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown. Such a page-turner! No book snobbery in the comments, please – it was a bestseller because it was a great read.
6. ‘The Underground Man’ by Mick Jackson. Based on the Duke of Portland, who was a 19th century eccentric. He built tunnels under his estate. Great book filled with loads of weird and wacky details.
7. ‘The Diary of a Nobody’ by George and Weedon Grossmith. 19th Century telegraphic style diary of an absolute bore. It’s hilarious! If you like the Adrian Mole diaries, then give this one a go.
8. ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ by Helen Fielding. See above!
9. ‘Jude the Obscure’ by Thomas Hardy. A huge book, but I really, really wanted to know what was going to happen to the family next. Oh, God – and then it happened.
10. ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer. Again, no book-snobbery, please – it’s a great book and a definite page-turner (especially if you read it before watching the film!).