So myself and my lovely partner decided to read five of each others  favourite books.  Which is a lovely idea, but it has been hellish to decide which to pick. I love too many books for too many reasons.  Anyway here is my list:

  1. A short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I chose this as it represents my constant yearning to understand as much about everything as possible.
  2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein. This book is a go to favourite mine. It has computers, and space and strange new culture,  and rebellion.  Its a book where the terrorists are the goodies.
  3. Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett. This is here, as it my favourite Terry Pratchett. It is funny,  and unpredictable, and you will be changed by it before you even know it.
  4. Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Like everything  Kurt writes, it is bizarre and absurd,  and will lie to you to teach you the truth.
  5. The Player of Games by Iain M Banks. A wonderful  introduction to the writing of Iain banks. The characters,  the twists,  the cunning….

It was a difficult list to put together,  the books that are most important to us often contain a little of our soul.  Its hard to only share five,  of hundreds  of books and novels  that have changed you or even just thrilled you and made you happy.  I have also tried to pick books Ellie will enjoy, there is no point making her suffer though a book I love,  just because I love it, I would like her to enjoy it to.

Near misses for the list included (Ellie you may request a swap for any of these)

  • Speaker for the dead.
  • Rendezvous with rama
  • The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • The name of the wind
  • The use of weapons.
  • The drawing of the three /wizard and glass
  • Monument.
  • Surely you a joking Mr Feynman
  • Dirk gentlys holistic detective agency.

Update 27/01/05


Ellie has now given me her list:

  • The Reef by Nora Roberts
  • Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
  • The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseni
  • The Girl who saved the king of Sweden by Jonas Johassor
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen


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