Last Tuesday I again did the book spot on ‘Evenings with Dom’. Usually I review a few books and Dom adds a few comments or asks a few questions. This week we did something different. We asked listeners to tell us about books which they enjoyed so much they didn’t want them to end. It was fun and interesting!
I got the idea of doing this when reading the ‘Books That Changed Me’ segment in The Sun Herald. Manisha Jolie Amin, Kenyan-born Australian author of ‘Dancing to the Flute’ included among her 5 titles ‘Mary Poppins’ which she read when 8 years old. She wrote, ‘finishing this book was like losing my dearest friend……She drew me into a world I never wanted to leave’. Reading this I immediately thought ‘yes, that’s what reading is about!’
So, what did our listeners tell us were books they didn’t want to end?
The Patrick O’Brian ‘Master and Commander’ series (20 books) figured strongly with one listener saying a friend had read them all 3 times! The detective series set in Moscow by Boris Akunin, Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Alexandria Quartet’, Bryce Courtenay’s books, ‘Cloudstreet’ by Tim Winton and Catcher In The Rye’ were others mentioned with passion. I mentioned ‘Shadow of the Wind’ which is a wonderfully atmospheric novel set in Barcelona. It is at the same time a mystery, an historical fiction and a love story. The sequel ‘The Prisoner of Heaven’ has just been published and is at the top of my ‘to read’ pile now!
What book/s would you add to this list? What book/s did you become totally immersed in and didn’t want to end? Are you one of those people who ration themselves to just a few pages a night to make a book last longer? Or are you like me and greedily gallop to the end even if it takes all night?
Let us know so we can share the pleasure of your favourites! And of course you will then be in the running to win a Brays Books Voucher, one of the prizes we are giving away each month! Just click on ‘comment’ and away you go!