I want to know which books have fed your reading addiction habit. Send a photo of your favourite book, in your bag/handbag and I will display it in my new gallery. It could be the very first book you read, your all-time favourite or one that has influenced you – you decide.
Write a couple of sentences, of up to 100 characters, to explain how the book inspired you. Present your book in a handbag.
It is time to celebrate what the Reader Recommends!
Click on the photos to find out more about each book.
Shelley Wilson – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I was 9 when I read this book and it captivated me so much I still have my original copy! Fantasy fiction has been a firm favourite ever since.
Jan Brigden – Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree.
I remember reading this over and over again. The enchanting concept and characters sparked my lifelong passion for books.
Maggie Christensen – The Chadwick Trilogy, Marcia Willett. The Chadwick Trilogy introduced me to Marcia Willett’s wonderful characters. I love meeting old friends in her books and she inspired me to do the same in mine.
Rosemary Noble – The Dreadnought of the Darling by C E W Bean, published 1912.
A slightly romantic look at the Australian outback for all its hardships. This book is a testament to a bygone life. It is priceless.
Linda Hill – Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington.
Spent pocket money on them as a child, got thrown out of a teacher resource centre for laughing too loudly at the stories as an adult. My husband still reads them to me, doing all the voices!
Sue Bentley – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. This book captivated me from the moment I read it, aged about ten. Always winter but never Christmas, talking animals, a wicked witch, a fight against good and evil, a Lion personifying all things brave and true. Wow!
Miriam McGuirk – The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis.
Deeply moving and such a tragic story. A page turner all the way to the end. Stayed with me for days.
Patricia Furstenberg – An Autobiography by Agatha Christie.
My all-time favourite, a book I often turn to when I am in need of endurance and strength.
Helen Christmas – Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet. This is the book that most inspired me to start writing. This novel captures the essence of the human spirit, with unforgettable characters entangled in a conspiracy…
Jessie Cahalin – Heidi.
Reading Heidi connected with my senses, and my reading journey commenced.
Miriam McGuirk – Mercy Killings by Lisa Cutts.
Lisa writes so sensitively that I became totally immersed. Her writing flows. Definitely a must read.
Lizzie Lamb – ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Anthony Hope. I didn’t pick up a book until I was about 13 when I discovered the local library. This was the first book I read and loved. I’ve read it several times since then and still love it (and the movie).
Georgiana Popa – “Reverie Girl” by Nico J. Genes. The story is special and captivating. Easy language, short descriptions and subject, highlighting some thoughts that many authors avoid when writing.
Anne Williams – Wuthering Heights.
I picked up my all-time favourite, Wuthering Heights, after a ten year drought and rediscovered the joy of reading.
Angela Petch – Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine Five. One step up from Blyton’s Famous Five, devoured in childhood. I loved the locations and characters. I wrote to Saville and he replied!
Maggie Humm – Lullaby by Leila Slimani. Without a doubt, Lullaby will be one of the most unsettling, absorbing, un-put-downable novels of 2018.