Ten memorable books

The latest meme doing the rounds on Facebook is ten memorable books or ten books that mean something to you. I’ve been nominated to share mine by my former English teacher and who can say no to that? So here they are (in no particular order):

  1. Boudica by Manda Scott – never have I been so enveloped in another world. The summer I read this all I could think of was becoming a warrior. In reality I think I’m more of a dreamer.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – the book that taught me I could enjoy classics.
  3. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff – where my fascination with the Romans began.
  4. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household – the first book I remember my Dad giving me to read from his library.
  5. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster – fulfilling my need for a good detective story, and you get three for the price of one.
  6. Hiroshima by John Hersey – horrors, etched in my memory.
  7. Asterix and… by René Goscinny – audio books narrated by Willie Rushton, the sound of my childhood.
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I know, I know. But I can’t help identify with Scout.
  9. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – something to turn to when in need of some soul searching.
  10. The Book of Buns by Jane Mason – the best cookbook a baker could own, the beginning of my journey baking with fresh yeast.


I’ve seen this now in a few posts, most recently on Erin Dorney’s blog, and thought it looked like fun.

listening // all kinds of new (to me) stuff, including Walk the Moon, Club 8, The Milk Carton Kids
watching // The Good Wife season 2, at an alarming rate
reading // about to finish Eagle of the Twelfth by M.C. Scott and then start re-reading Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (do you detect a theme?)
wanting // the sun to return so I can start wearing all the cool new t-shirts I’ve recently bought
working // on redevelopment of the library website and handover notes for my imminent departure
writing // film reviews on Letterboxd
thinking // about the big changes ahead, leaving my job, moving to a new city and settling in to a new home

What are you doing?