Favourite Reads

*Whelp* on Goodreads I’ve read and rated 655 books. I guess you could say I am a voracious reader. I’d say that books were my first love in life. Every holiday as a kid, for as long back as I can remember I asked for bookstore gifts cards as presents. In honour of how many people are gathering books for their summer reading list, I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite books! 
My Favourite Reads (of all time): 

our living room


A small part of one bookshelf

To Kill A Mockingbirdby Harper Lee
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Lolitaby Vladimir Nabokov
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King
My Life in France by Julia Child
The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Nine Storiesby J D Salinger
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (play)
The Weir by Connor McPherson (play)
Moongarden by Anthony McCann (poetry)
Selected Poems by John Betjeman (poetry)
In the Pines by Alice Notley (poetry) 

Also any other avid readers out there should add me on goodreads so that I can spy on what you are reading! 

Do any readers out there have any suggestions for me? What are some of your favourite books?
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  • Added you 🙂 I am reading The Shock of the Fall right now and it is pretty interesting!!

  • Right now I am reading both Champion by Marie Lu which I am loving and The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. I find that I like to read different books at different times of the day, so at the moment it is the Lu book during the day and the Christie before bed!

    • I love that you have different books for different times of day! I seem to have different genres for different seasons. Romance= summer. Mystery= winter. Fantasy? Anytime! x

  • I love The Bell Jar! Such a great book 🙂


  • I love Goodreads its so addictive! Did you sign up for the reading challenge as well?

  • I LOVE Goodreads! Adding you right now 🙂 I’m currently reading “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. I just started it but have heard so many great things about it, so I’m hoping I like it!

    xo, Val @ In-Between Life

    • I read it for the first time last fall. I definitely enjoyed it but parts of it are really hard to get through emotionally! x

  • HD Salinger’s stories and A Streetcar Named Desire are up there for me, too.

    • What’s your favourite Salinger short story? xx

      • Just Before the War with the Eskimos. It’s so quirky and weird, and every time I read it a different part is my favorite. You?

        • Hmm…. a pretty even tie between “A perfect day for Bananafish” and “For Esme” Oh! Do you think Teddy died at the end of “teddy”? x

          • I think so, though I’ve always wanted to have a group discussion about that. Also a good one.

          • I think he probably died falling into the pool as well. But i’ve heard some convincing arguments otherwise! x

          • Ooh, like what? I’ve never talked to anyone about it who didn’t think he died.

          • I’ve heard people argue that it’s his sister that fell in, etc. x

          • That makes sense. Hm.

  • Wow that is a lot of books! I know who to go to for book recommendations!

  • this is literally a GREAT collection of books. I will have to check them all.

  • I seem to be in the minority with this, but I HATED Wuthering Heights! It took me 4 attempts to read it all the way to the end, and once I finally did make it I gave my copy to a charity shop!

    I’m not on Goodreads, but people keep telling me I should join.

    • Thats okay 😉 There are lots of classics that other people love that bored me to tears *I’m looking at you “Anna Karenina”*

      I like Goodreads because it helps me keep track of what I want to read. Lots of times I think “That looks great!” and then promptly forget all about it. But if I put it on my “to-read” list it’s always there for when I need some a suggestion. Plus I like seeing what my friends are reading and getting ideas from their lists. xx

  • So many amazing classics on your list! Many I still need to read! I was the same way growing up– all I ever wanted was new books and I would loooove going to the used book stores! Still one of my favorite things to do!

  • To be honest I scrolled through your list looking for one name – Harry Potter. I found and have decided your book recommendations are worth taking a gander at 😉

    • The His Dark Materials trilogy is also a great fantasy series. The Golden Compass is the first book. Too bad the movie was AWFUL! x

  • Dance With A Dolly

    Holy crap! 655 books! I like to read but am nowhere close to that. And I feel like the books I read are fluff compared to that list. LOL. Actually haven’t read any that were that great to me lately but if I come across a must read I will let you know.

  • Coffee Beans High Heels

    100 years of solitude is awesome! i have to say that i had to write everyone’s name down to keep track of the story, but i loved it!

    • My copy had a family tree at the beginning that I had to keep flipping to. It doesn’t help that everyone has the same name! x

  • bethany

    WOW. I was thinking with my husband, and I think, combined, we’ve read half of this. GOOD FOR YOU!!! I wish I read more. But I just get “over” things really quick and if I don’t get into it quickly, I’m done. So I’ve started (but not finished) a whole lot of books. Thanks for the list, though. It’s inspiring!

    • Ah thank you so much! I read a lot but not necessarily a healthy amount! I was always the kid that needed to be told to go outside and do things so there’s always a flip side! x

      • bethany

        Haha, I guess that’s a good point. I’m still impressed. 🙂

  • Oh I love reading and I love seeing your list! I recently read a series by Gordon Dahlquist entitled the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. They are great if you like steampunk. I also recently read the first in a series by Ben Arranovitch (spelling?) entitled Rivers of London. That was really good also.

    • I read Rivers of London at the end of the fall and really enjoyed it! I love a series that overlaps reality and fantasy elements, instead of just being in a fantasy realm (though I enjoy that too of course!) x

  • So much goodness on this list! Some shared favorites: Rebecca, Dracula, and Wuthering Heights (can you tell that my M.A. was in Gothic lit!?!). And HP. Of course, HP!! Other favorites of mine are Time Traveler’s Wife, the Mercy of Thin Air, Spider, The Comfort of Strangers, The Woman in Black, Atonement, and The Wasp Factory. I definitely tend towards weird/ strange/ Gothic-y stuff, but I will read just about anything!

    • We have extraordinarily similar tastes in books then 🙂 During my MA we had a sole dance project were you had to choreograph a piece and dance it yourself, but the piece had to follow the arc of a literary character’s emotional state and I chose the narrator from Rebecca. Even unnamed she’s one of my all time favourites! x

  • It’s interesting. I still wouldn’t consider To Kill A Mockingbird as a favorite of mine (even though I’m an English Teacher), but my 8th graders almost unanimously agree it was their favorite novel they studied this year.

    • I think we studied it an 8th grade, and for me it just keeps getting better with every read! x

  • I am so not a classy reader.. I read whatever I can get my hands on, that will pique my interest.. But I don’t usually read the classics. I always read fiction, unless it’s a memoir, like “The Glass Castle” and I rarely read period books. I have a hard time focusing on those kinds of stories. But I do love to read. Love love love it.

    • Pfff… just because some of my favs are classics doesn’t make me a classy reader. Trust me. I’ve read all the Jilly Cooper books for one (just google her and you’ll see…) But also I loved “Glass Castle” I thought it was amazing! My favourite memoir! x

  • I love using Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read, though I forget to update it! Rebecca is one of my favorites on your list. The Historian was one of my favorite “Dracula” type books.

  • I am a book lover as well. I’ve given away many of my childhood books to an orphanage when I turned 18. Now, I’m more into reading on my iphone or tablet. I still miss the sensation of actually turning a page of a real book 🙂

  • I love books too!!! I love To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie is really good too!! So glad to find another book lover!