My Favorite Books

books stacked around a door illustrating an article about the best books this writer has read.Compiling a best books list is a very difficult task for me.

I love reading and have read a lot of books.  I have done so since I can remember learning to read.

That makes my list too long.

So I decided to write about the books that I know I would read again.

However, I  do admit this method does leave out a lot of the books I have enjoyed.

But, since it narrows down the field considerably I decided to go ahead and choose the books I write about here on that basis.

You can find this list further down this page.


Since the advent of eReader I have really enjoyed reading from my Kindle.

I also listen to a lot of audio books using earphones plugged in to my Kindle, or phone.

I love listening to these last thing at night and I find they help me sleep. Although it is a complete pain in the neck when I fall asleep reading and can’t find my place the next day!


I know a lot of people prefer to hold, smell a book etc.

But, for me, the pure convenience of being able to download samples of books and try them out for free beats the hell out of any romantic notions about the look/smell/feel of books.


I have three methods of selecting the books I want to read. The first method is quite deliberate.

I go through the best books reviews in my favorite newspapers at the weekend and download samples of the ones that interest me.

By the end of each weekend I usually find I have downloaded quite a few samples.


Because of the sheer volume of samples I download I am quite ruthless when it comes to deciding which of those to buy.

If I am absolutely dying to read the rest of the book then I will buy it. If not, I will move on and read the next sample.

Another way I buy books is on recommendation from a friend.

I don’t take all recommendations but if what the friend tells me about the book interests me enough I will download a sample and try it.


I also sometimes buy books by people I have met on social media, but only if I have found what they say interesting enough to make me curious about their writing.

This is rare to be honest, as so many authors on social media say nothing of interest, but merely just appear occasionally to disseminate news of their own publication dates, rankings, how much money they’ve made etc.

old painting of a woman reading illustrating an article about the best books to readI am not saying there is anything wrong with that, but if that’s all they say it’s simply not enough to make me want to read their work.

So, having said all that – why have I decided to introduce this section to my site?

Well, as my subscribers will already know, I recently introduced a ‘My favorite books’ section to my newsletters. This is where I chat briefly and informally about whatever book I am currently reading.

The feedback from this has been great and so I decided to expand the idea to the site.

As with the newsletters, I’m keeping my favorite book pages simple, informal and chatty with just a brief synopsis of why it made it on to my favorites list.

I hope you enjoy the books.

Best wishes


The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

old drawing of a woman reading illustrating an article about the best books to read

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

old drawing of a woman reading illustrating an article about the best books to read











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