My Top 10 Books – and my colleagues’ – as of May 2016

Recently at work I suggested that we all write down our top 10 books, share them, and read each others’ favourites. We all took this idea pretty seriously, and soon emails full of book lists started flying around*. Coming up with a ‘Top 10’ was incredibly tricky, but I eventually managed to narrow down mine. Obviously, this list is subject to change.

My Top 10 Books

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Antarctic Navigation – Elizabeth Arthur

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

The Seagull – Anton Chekhov

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

Villette – Charlotte Brontë

The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

My colleagues have some interesting favourites, some of which I’ve read and others which I’ve either always been meaning to read, or else never come across before. I’ve highlighted the ones I’ve read.

S’s List

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Comet in Moominland – Tove Jansson

A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

The Giggler Treatment – Roddy Doyle

Just Kids – Patti Smith

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

G’s List

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Our Ancestors (The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, The Nonexistent Knight) – Italo Calvino

Orkneyinga Saga (The History of the Earls of Orkney)

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

Two Hussars – Lev Tolstoy

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands – Jorge Amado

K’s List

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Wave – Todd Strasser

Head Count – Ingrid Noll

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Perfume – Patrick Süskind

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories – Tim Burton

V’s List

The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories – Volume 2: Outer Space, Inner Lands – Ursula Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Things the Grandchildren Should Know – Mark Oliver Everett


I’m excited to read some of these!


*We unanimously decided not to include Harry Potter on any of our lists, as we’ve all read them, all loved them, and didn’t want to bother with trying to choose just one of the seven books to fit on our lists.

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