Another interesting article in the Guardian about the books that move men and women.
The nice_cup_of_tea bookmeme
So which 5 books would you pick, that helped you through 5 "watershed" moments in your life?
I've started a post in book talk... So you can reply there or here, as you wish!
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams - read it as an impressionable, slightly lonely teenager and it made me feel okay to think about life, the universe and everything. It also opened me up to a whole new range of comedy ie Adams, Monty Python :-)
Circle of Friends: Maeve Binchy - took this as one of only 3 books on my gap year before university. Just a good read, about friends, blokes and university. Still remains a pretty constant companion and reminds me that I was brave when I was 18,
Lost in a Good book: Jasper Fforde - My new post Adams hero! This was definitely last year's choice - reminds me of the joy of finding bookcrossing and a whole new world of friends as passionate about reading as I am. Reminds me that a good book can take you away from loneliness and insecurity, esp. in a foreign land
Effi Briest: Theodor Fontane - The subject of my dissertation for my first degree in German Studies. One of many books I read and loved in German. 19th century prussia, stiff upper lipped Prussians, adultery, snow and horse driven carriages and a complex code of societal honour and hypocrisy. Plus Fassbinder made a cracking film out of it
Anne of Green Gables: L M Montgomery - my childhood favourite and the first book that a friend recommended me to read. I was 9, she was my canadian penpal. 23 years later and we both still love reading and she's now my sister in law :-) As a child the book taught me that it's okay to be different, to strive to learn and that it's important to have some friends who are "kindred spirits"