I knew I’d written about my “top ten books” many years ago, but I couldn’t find the article on my earlier book blog where I thought it would be.
I’ve now found it on an almost forgotten site that I had several years ago before I migrated to WordPress.
A link to the original article is provided below, and an explanation of my list can be read there.
Back then my “top ten” had only three books listed.
1) Dune by Frank Herbert
2) That Eye the Sky by Tim Winton
3) Dracula, by Bram Stoker.
They were all books that had a significant effect on me at the time of reading, and that is why they made my list. If I’d started the list today, its possible none of them would have been included – which clearly would make for a pitiful top ten.
Since I wrote that article, only one other novel has appealed enough to be added to my list – leaving only six more slots to fill.
That addition is:
4) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
It’s a book I read in 2011 (when I called it my ‘book of the year’) and therefore has not been hurriedly added to the list.
I wanted to revisit my top ten because not long ago I discovered a podcast related to Frank Herbert’s Dune series. The opening few minutes of the first episode were an excerpt from the beginning of David Lynch’s film version of the story.
The spoken monologue and the introductory music from the soundtrack gave me goose bumps (particularly the music), and made me want to dig Dune out of my book cupboard as soon as I can. I’m not sure I can even think of starting the book I’d originally planned to start reading today, until I’ve dealt with Dune again.