Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Fifteen In Fifteen: A Quick & Easy Blog

…Which is exactly what I need whilst I get my bearings after a nice break away and whilst all seems to be chaos in the land of blogger! Genuinely if you can recommend another blog site I am definitely thinking about changing provider, though can you carry over all you have already done?

Anyway I realized that I had missed last weeks Booking Through Thursday and so thought “why not do it now” especially as it was the fun and fairly quick “Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.” And here are what I came up with…

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Woman In White – Wilkie Collins
The Time Travelers’ Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
The Woman In Black – Susan Hill
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Boy in the Stripped Pyjama’s – John Boyne
Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Mr Pip - Lloyd Jones
State of Happiness – Stella Duffy
Human Croquet – Kate Atkinson
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

These are in no particular order by the way it is literally as they came into my head. I did then think of Helen Garners 'The Spare Room but that would be sixteen! As to why these books stuck, it would be the plot, the characters and the prose plus most books which stick in my head but arent my instant favoruites are ones that reall make me think and all 15 of these have in varying ways. Isnt it weird though that the books that have ‘stuck with me’ aren’t all the ones that I would say are my favourite fifteen books of all time. That would be quite, quite a different list maybe I will blog about that another time, and if things keep going as they do maybe on another blog!

What about you do your fifteen books that have 'stuck' matched your favourites and what is it that makes a book stick in your head?

6 comments:

Dot said...

Great list! I am going to have to give The Time Travellers' Wife another ago, I tried reading it ages ago but couldn't get into it. Loads of people included it on their list for BTT so I shall try again!

Molly said...

WOW - out of your listed books, I have read and absolutely loved 5 of them: Rebecca - Woman in White - Woman in Black - Lady Audley's Secret - To Kill a Mockingbird (they would definitely be on my favorite 15 list) and I have another 6 on the top of my TBR list: Time Travelers' Wife - Hound of Baskervilles - Handmade's Tale - boy in Striped Pajamas - Mr. Pip - Brideshead Revisited! We must have similar reading tastes!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm thinking we would do just fine in a book club together. If I haven't read some of your books, they are close to the top of my lists. I loved this BTT. I don't normally participate in this meme, because after awhile it seems you read the same answer over and over. But not this one. So much fun!

Lizzy Siddal said...

I migrated from blogspot to wordpress about 18 months ago and took my content with me. It needed a bit of cleaning-up but not as painless as typing it all in again.

15 books in 15 minutes - as they come into my head: War and Peace - Tolstoy, To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee, Clara - Janice Galloway, Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane, The Dykemaster - Theodor Storm, my German dictionary (!), The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver, Possession - A S Byatt, Sacred Hunger - Barry Unsworth, The House on the Strand - (my first ever) Daphne Du Maurier, Fingersmith - Sarah Waters, Haweswater - Sarah Hall, Mist over Pendle - Robert Neill, The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham, The Painted Veil - Somerset Maugham ........

C. B. James said...

You ask and interesting question. For me the fifteen that stuck in my mind were all on my favorites list. A book that makes an impact, has something about it that haunts me afterwards in some way be it positive or negative is a good book. I love books that make you feel something whether it be sorrow or happiness or anger. That feeling is what makes a book a favorite as far as I'm concerned.

harriet said...

I liked this and have done it myself on my blog. http://harrietdevine.typepad.com/harriet_devines_blog/