How many of you collect lists of book recommendations?

I do. As of this year, I now have a dedicated book in which I note the book’s name, title and who recommended it. When the reading pile on my bedside table gets low, I have a readymade selection of books to choose from.

Several years ago I asked my birthday party guests to bring along a list of their ten favourite books. Only four people obliged out of about fifty people, but the ones who did gave their lists much thought. I then decided to create my own list of favourite books, and the list was published in a newsletter under the title of ‘Holiday Reading: Some Suggestions’.

I had forgotten about the list until last weekend, when I went to award winning author Kate Forsyth’s two day workshop on ‘History, Mystery and Magic’ at the Australian Writers’ Centre. The workshop was jam packed with inspiration, useful tips for writing fiction and, to my delight, a whole lot of recommended books.

I came away feeling inspired to share a list of my favourite books (or authors) with you, the readers of my blog, and any fellow bookworms. Here they are, in no particular order:

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. (This book changed my life! It is perfect for introverts and people who live or work with one).

Soul to Soul: Writings from Dark Places by Deborah Masel (A poignant account of the author’s experience with breast cancer).

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman. (a novel that combines my interest in the Holocaust with my interest in oral history).

The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

Davida’s Harp by Chaim Potok.

You Gotta Have Balls by Lily Brett.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. (great for readers interested in object biography and family history)

My Place by Sally Morgan.

The Secret River and Searching for the Secret River by Kate Grenville. (I especially enjoyed the latter title which relates the process of how the former book was created).

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Other favourite authors include: Kate Morton, Kate Forsyth (adult and children’s books), Judy Nunn, John Marsden, Morris Gleitzman (children’s books) and Leon Uris.


Feel free to comment on any of these books, add your own favourites, and share with fellow bookworms.