I love books. I have to confess to really being an old fashioned paper books lover rather than into Kindles or other e-readers; there’s something comforting about turning the pages and holding the whole tome in your hands (at least there is for me).
I know World Book Day is really aimed at encouraging children to read but I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you my top five favourite reads. I have a bit of a confession to make, I only really like to read books once (I know, I know) but my top five reads are ones that I am happy to read time and time again. So here goes.
Pride and Prejudice – there are several classics that I like but this one is my go to read. The story of the feisty, independent Elizabeth Bennet is one I never tire of. It probably helped watching the BBC adaptation in 1995 (Colin Firth in a wet shirt is enough to grab anyone’s interest!) If you haven’t tried any of the classics this is definitely a good place to start.
Tuesdays with Morrie – this is the only book to make me cry. Written by Mitch Albom it tells the story of his time spent with his old sociology professor Morrie Schwartz who is dying of Motor Neurone Disease (or ALS). Prior to their meetings every Tuesday it is fair to say that Mitch was somewhat self-absorbed and a workaholic. Through their Tuesday meetings, albeit they only lasted a few weeks, Mitch learns a new appreciation for life. Despite the subject matter the book is life affirming and makes you take stock of your own circumstances and be grateful for whatever you have.
Guess How Much I Love You? - I bought this when I had my daughter and would read it to her at night. We still have that original book (and the small toy rabbit which came with it) and it remains one of mine and my daughter’s favourite books. It is such a classic children’s book now but back then we just enjoyed it for telling each other how much we loved each other.
Pay It Forward – I love the whole idea of this book. If someone does you a favour, you don’t repay it to them, instead you do something good for another three people, and they in turn then do something good for another three people each. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone took this approach. There is even a Pay It Forward Day, which this year will be on Thursday 28th April.
Beatrix Potter – okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. I just couldn’t choose a favourite Beatrix Potter story, Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Benjamin Bunny, how could you possible choose just one? Whereas choice number 4 was a book I read to my daughter, the Beatrix Potter stories were ones I read to my son. These stories never get old and this year we have the excitement of a new edition being published over 100 years since it was written.
It was so difficult narrowing down my choice to just five, even if one of those was actually a collection of 23 books, but these are definitely the ones I would be happy to be stranded on a desert island with and never get bored of reading.