Today is 7 March 2019 -† . It happens every year on the first Thursday in March. Iíve
always been an avid reader, but I must admit that traditional books are very
When I got to the point that there simply wasnít
any more room in the house for more books I got a
Kindle and many bibliophiles would say I turned to the dark side. But e-books
are so much easier. You can carry a library round in your pocket. E-books
donít gather dust and fall apart. And when I dropped my Kindle and poggered the screen I realised I could read e-books on my
phone. I didnít need to carry anything extra round with me. And they are
I still read as much as I ever did, and so rather
than regaling the world with whatever mundane trivia has most recently boiled
my piss, today I shall do a countdown of my top ten
It's an exercise I do every so often (I had a
list on Facebook once), and it's a list which changes periodically. But
as of today the best ten books in the universe are (and
I'm still not sure about the order):
#10 The Foundation Trilogy (and it's extensions)
- Issac Asimov
for a better future? Do it scientifically. Asimov's future history is a
classic. It's one of theose series that is more
heard of and spoken about that actually read. Which
is a shame.
#9 Jem - Fred Pohl
politics and environmental disaster. I once picked
up a copy of this book whilst bored in a college library (whilst a friend
copied my homework) and it's remained a firm favourite for years.
#8 Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
over a hundred years ago; it's still hilarious. Everyone's heard of it; no
one's read it.
#7 Earth Abides - George R Stewart
is one I bet most people have never heard of. I got my copy from a second
hand book store for ten pence (I took a chance).
Post apocalyptic fiction at its best.
#6 The Songs of Distant Earth - Arthur C Clark
interstellar love story - I blubbed (a bit) when I first read this one.
#5 The Kraken Wakes - John Wyndham
invasion from outer space that went un-noticed for a while
#4 Torn - Drew Wagar
- so I have a vested interest in this book (read the acknowledgements
#3 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
time I read this I relate so much with Charles Ryder
#2 The Saga of the Exiles - Julian May
from the frying pan into the fire...
#1 The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
just love it
So there you are, loyal readers. It's World Book Day; here's some
recommendations. Let me know what you think of my favourites. Interestingly
this list is unchanged since 2014.