Recently on Facebook, people have been listing their ten favourite books and tagging others to do the same. I have no idea who started the whole project, but I’m assuming it was a writer who was procrastinating.
I was tagged a couple of days ago and listed mine. I didn’t want to spend too long thinking about it because that’s the sort of thing that could end up in insomnia and paralysing indecision, so I listed the first five books that came immediately to mind and then quickly scanned my bookshelves to fill in the rest. I also listed them in no particular order because if I tried to rank them against each other my brain would explode.
- Spider – Patrick McGrath
- Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
- Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
- Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
- The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
- The Secret History – Donna Tartt
- If This Is A Man – Primo Levi
- Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
- Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
As a result of this exercise, I’ve decided to re-read these ten books and review them on the Multiverse in the next ten weeks. I’ve started with Spider by Patrick McGrath, a book that I first read in 1998. (How can I be so specific? I sign and date all of my books when I buy them because I am a huge nerd).
Anyway, now you guys know what’s in store for Mondays over the next while. I hope you end up reading one or some or all of the ten; I think they’re all exceptional in their own way.