OK, I admit: ever so slightly misleading title, but I couldn’t resist the pun! No, it’s not the Booker Prize I am talking about, but a blogging award that the criminally wonderful Pat Wood kindly bequeathed to me. Please visit Pat’s funny blog – you will find something there to love, of that I’m sure!
So this Booker is for those who refuse to live in the real world. Says it all, really. But alas, these past few months I’ve had to live for far too long in the real world.
The guidelines are simple, if reductionist: I have to pick my five favourite books of all time and then say what I am currently reading. I always struggle with picking ‘favourites’ – it’s like having to say which of my children I love most. But here’s an attempt:
1) The Great Gatsby (and I wax on about it at length here)
2) Jane Austen’s Persuasion – it even managed to convert Savidge Reads
3) Shakespeare: ‘The Tempest’ – does that count? Well, if it doesn’t, I would publish it in a separate volume with ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Macbeth’, entitling it ‘Must Read Shakespeare’. But ‘The Tempest’ is my favourite.
4) Mishima Yukio: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – what not to do when beauty and perfection eludes you
5) I.L. Caragiale: Plays and Sketches – virtually unknown outside Romania, he is one of the funniest and freshest voices of the 19th century
What am I reading now? Well, just in case you thought the above choices were a bit too ambitious, you will be relieved to hear that the book I am going to share my bedtime with is… another installment from Lemony Snicket‘s brilliant Series of Unfortunate Events. I first discovered the series a few years ago when I was selecting a present for a young niece. The niece has moved on to other literature since, but I still treat myself to these tongue-in-cheek adventure stories. I am hoping that my children will share my affection for them too (although so far their response to Famous Five and Secret Seven has been somewhat disappointing, to say the least).
But enough nattering! Who are my nominees for this worthy (and clearly wordy) award?
The all-singing, all-writing wonder Nicky Wells from Romance that Rocks Your World!
Sensitive writer and translator Michelle Bailat Jones
Translator, poet, philosopher of the everyday, the wonderful Quirina at The Mind’s Sky
Natalia Sylvester, for being so sweetly herself !
And, just in case you think I am neglecting men, I also invite Sisyphus47 to join in
The truth is, of course, I am just really nosey, curious to see what they choose as their favourite books!