I thought a good place to start and introduce myself was to give you a list of my all time favourite books. With being a University student currently, I don't tend to read a lot of modern books so some of my top ten are classics. My home is like a library because I have so many books, but as my time is taken up with my degree and my work, I don't read a lot of novels for fun at the moment, it's usually based around University or work. I do love reading and it is certainly the way forward.
1. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin.
I absolutely adored the first book of 'A Game of Thrones' however I was not keen on the second book. I found it difficult to read, so I haven't read the books proceding this. I am looking forward to the televised series returning in April 2015 though.
2. Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris.
Hannibal Lecter is a fantastic. I'm really intersted in sinister stories and I found this really interesting. Crime fiction is my favourite but who doesn't love a bit of horror now and then. the psychological aspect is enthralling. A memorable novel!
3. Spectral Visions: The Collection, Edited by Colin Younger
This is a collection of short gothic stories. This is a really interesting read and considering my own short story is published in this collection, it had to appear on my list.
4. Alex Cross's Trial, James Patterson
I wasn't sure what I was going to make of this, however, I the discussing of lynching and racial discrimination by the Klu Klux Klan in University in one of my subjects and I decided to give this story a try. I got it from a church bric-a-brac sale for 20p so I can't complain. It was really great, I would certainly recommend.
5. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
In the final year of my BA (hons) degree, I studied Jane Austen and I was pleasently surprised with this novel as I am a huge fan of the gothic genre. Out of all of the Austen novels this was the most enjoyable.
6. Dracula, Bram Stoker.
OK, so I'm not going to lie, I had studied Dracula fpreviously and I was not looking forward to studying it again last year for the third time. However, my MA English Studies course really turned my opinion around of this novel. We applied several different critical theories to the novel and I got so much more from it this time and feel that previously, I had underated it without really understanding it. It had to be on this list as one of my favourites as I know the novel inside out, and my opinion of the novel has completely been overturned. Renfield and Van Helsing really are my favourite characters of all time!
7. The Inheritors, William Golding
I gave this novel a read in 2011, but things got in the way. I knew over the summer I just had to start again and give this another go as I love reading historically based stories and find the concepts of neanderthals really interesting. This story is sad, but I love how Golding captures an historical essence, he has really done his research.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J K Rowling
Although I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter and The Order of the Pheonix, I do find the final book the most enjoyable. I think that after the earlier books in the collection, it was time to say goodbye to Voldemort and the build up in the final book was excellent. I couldn't put it down!
9. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
Another favourable classic. I can't help but like Moll, sure she's a criminal but she is such a victim of her time and I can't help but feel sorry for her. She does what she has to do to survive and I think she's great. She's a strong, poor, woman, in a man's world.
10.Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
This is such a sad story and Frankenstein's monster is such a misunderstood character who's life could've been so different if he had just been treat differently by society rather than an outcast, even by his inventor, his father, Frankenstein. This is again a novel that represents its time and there are so many life issues highlighted throughout the novel. Another great read, yet at times a little long and daunting, but still a favourite of mine.