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My Favourite Books (in no particular order)

C. Cousins "PoppyCorn"
 
A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
"To get this list rolling a book about suicide.  I like the fact that all the characters get to be three dimensional. With their own reasons for wanting the ultimate way out."
High Fidelity
High Fidelity
"This was the first Nick Hornby book I read - I bought it because he was a local writer and I loved the opening chapter.  I have never regreted it, it's funny, familiar and at times poignant."
Rachel's Holiday
Rachel's Holiday
"My first Marian Keyes novel. I love this book and regularly re-read it. You start this book with one idea which colours your view on all the other characters then you're left with quite another."
The Temp
The Temp
"Read this while I was a temp. So very true, if a tiny bit exaggerated.  Well, I never went to a job where they had filed files according to the date of a client's birthday."
The Midnight Club
The Midnight Club
"It's about a group of terminally ill teens, who make a pact that the first to die will send them proof of an afterlife. Made me cry at 15 and still does."
Charlotte Sometimes (Red Fox Classics)
Charlotte Sometimes (Red Fox Classics)
"Ok I'm going back around 20 years, but I still remember the first time I read this and not wanting to finish it."
The Secret Garden (Puffin Classics)
The Secret Garden (Puffin Classics)
"Well it's a classic for a reason!"
The Changeover (Collins Modern Classics)
The Changeover (Collins Modern Classics)
"Margaret Mahy was a fantastic discovery for me at 11,  I read all her books and was never disappointed."
Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition
Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition
"This was the first book to make me sob, I actually cried my eyes out while reading this.  I've yet to re-read it but it's on my list of pre-teen books to re-read."
Prince of Ice: A Tale of the Demon World (Berkley Sensation)
Prince of Ice: A Tale of the Demon World (Berkley Sensation)
"Great fantasy story by the master of women's erotic romance.  A little bit of erotica never did anyone any harm."
Beyond Desire
Beyond Desire
"This is actually an omnibus, Beyond Innocence and Beyond Seduction, historical erotic fiction both very good regency romances."
The Face on the Milk Carton
The Face on the Milk Carton
"I Read this as I used to read 'Point Horror' and she was one of my favourite authors in the series.  This book is completely different from those but heartbreakingly good."
Tom's Midnight Garden
Tom's Midnight Garden
"I actually re-read this last year and it's still great. Tom is sent to stay with his aunt whilst his brother gets over the chicken pox. His adventure begins when his aunt's clock strikes 13 one night."
The Eyes of Karen Connors (Horizons)
The Eyes of Karen Connors (Horizons)
"Yet more of my early teen reading materials - this one is about a pre-cognitive/psychic girl who helps the police find a missing child.  It is also a lovely romance."
I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Know What You Did Last Summer
"Another great book from Lois Duncan - the film is no where near as good."
Please Mrs Butler: Verses (Puffin Books)
Please Mrs Butler: Verses (Puffin Books)
"Book of poetry about primary school, then & now it rang true for me. The day a dog ran in our playground & the caretaker cleaning the balls from our roof still stand out as days I actually remember."
Fight Club
Fight Club
"I loved the film, so when I saw a pristine copy in ‘Scope’ I had to buy it.  You get a bit more depth to Marla and the timeframe is expanded. So it’s different from the film, but only slightly"
The Burglar Diaries
The Burglar Diaries
"I bought this in a charity shop 5 years ago, and only read 2 years later to stave off boredom on my a.m. commute.  They swear like sailors with Tourettes, but it's a very, very funny book."
By the Light of the Moon
By the Light of the Moon
"It’s about 3 people; two brothers and a comedienne, who become embroiled in a mad scientist's experiment. Before this Lightening was my fave Koontz book, give him a go as Koontz writes in all genres."
Murder on the Orient Express (Poirot)
Murder on the Orient Express (Poirot)
"I prefer her Poirot books and 'Partners in Crime' short stories.  This is my favourite because...well it's justified.  Read the book and see if you agree."
Human
Human
"This is just fantastic to dip into or read on a specific topic.  It has a clear layout with good pictorial depictions of the diversity of the human population."
House at the Corner
House at the Corner
"I read this over and over when I was 9.  I'm not sure why I loved it so much, from what I can remember it was just about a normal family. But it still gives me a warm feeling when I think about it."
Where it Stops, Nobody Knows (Lions)
Where it Stops, Nobody Knows (Lions)
"Read this when I was around 14.  About Nina who finds out her mum, is actually her kidnapper.  There are reasons given by her 'mum' but Nina has to come to terms with  the loss of trust."