Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.
This week is Top Ten Books We Share Together.
My mum is the reason that I love reading. It was watching her read that had me picking up anything vaguely book-shaped and pretending to read before I could talk or walk. It was her magical way of reading stories, giving voices to each character, that transported me to different worlds.
The Books She Shared With Me
- Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin
OK, so it's actually every book Ian Rankin has ever written. I love the Rebus books and the books written as Jack Harvey and I can remember devouring her entire collection when I was 14.
- The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
OK, so it's actually every book Terry Pratchett ever wrote. Again. We like our series, OK? We probably have about three of every book between us.
- The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
Yup, again the whole series. I absolutely love reading this local crime series. When Vera came on TV we both settled down to watch and were like "have we seen this before" and convinced ourselves we had because we both recognised it so much. Shush you.
- The Portable Door by Tom Holt
If you ask my mum she'd probably say she doesn't like fantasy, but her collection of Practhett and Holt show that to be very untrue. It's just that there's a very specific type of fantasy she likes.
- The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella's books are the ones we spend our summers with, lazing in the garden and swapping books as we finish.
The Books I Shared With Her
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
To tell the truth, she bought the first three books for me, but it was the way I read all three in two days and then wouldn't shut up that started her reading them.
- Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Even now, almost 15 years after I read the book then pushed it into my mother's hands, if you mention this book you'll hear us sigh "oh, Lucas" and fight each other for one of the multiple copies we have.
- Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
We don't just read books, we talk about them, and this one prompted one of our most impassioned wine-fueled debates I can recall. Think six hours and three bottles.
- Holy Island by LJ Ross
When I found this local crime series I couldn't wait to share it with my mum, and so started the great Kindle Wars where she'd steal my kindle to read each new LJ Ross title as it was released.
- Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
My mum doesn't like historical fiction. She calls it "that period shite" and says no. Unless it's Catherine Cookson because being local it doesn't count. So when I recommended she start the Outlander series I was expecting no, and it came as a surprise that she's now further ahead in the series than me.