The Book Ninja is released in Australia today and is a fun and quirky contemporary about Frankie and her quest to find a man. A man who shares her impeccable taste in literature. In an effort to find her Prince Bookworm Frankie releases her favourite novels on trains with her contact details tucked inside. A fantastic read with a review to come next week. In the meantime this adorable read got me thinking about what books I would use as the key to my soul, which I’m going to share with you right down below.
First up we have to have To Kill a Mockingbird by the amazing Harper Lee. A classic I can read over and over, you would have to be a grinch not to have a soft spot for Scout, Jem and Atticus Finch.
Next up we have Breath by Time Winton. An all time favourite this novel is quintessentially Australian, sparse and moody with a beauty and delicacy I never tire of.
Tartt’s The Secret History has to follow. Another atmospheric read that blew my mind and could not stop thinking about and still think about to this day.
Followed by The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. A beautiful and tragic novel that has the reader meditating on life, love and what comes after. If there really is an after I do hope it is this.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was always going to be there. No other couple stole my heart like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy – their banter is second to none and this novel never fails to keep me entertained.
Literary dystopia is a favourite genre and one of the best is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. Shakespeare and the end of civilisation as we know it. A fun and frightening read that looks at human nature and how we carry on.
Because I’m a nerd and realise most of the books on this list are a little (a lot) on the moody side I had to include a little fun. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the ultimate adventure full of the best pop culture. I loved the humor and the fun and quirky storyline. Playful and full of laughs.
Another book I can read over and over again is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. From my first read I was enchanted by the stifled colours of Africa and loved seeing it all through Peekay’s eyes. I fall for this vibrant tale every time.
A new favourite Tin Man by Sarah Winman snagged a spot. Beautiful and tragic, it is a tale about love and friendship that we can all take solace in.
Another favourite Aussie read When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett had to make it on the list. This one comes with a killer soundtrack, a beautiful and unlikely friendship and a sense of place so strong that I felt like I was wandering the streets of Hobart myself.
Lastly, Between a Wolf and a Dog by the late Georgia Blain. An ordinary story of ordinary people living their everyday lives but told with such beauty and tragedy I found myself meditating on it long after I finished reading it.
What did you think of my list? Clearly I’m a moody little thing who loves a bit of tragedy, a bit of existential pondering but also a little bit of fun and adventure and Austen sass. What would be in your list? What describes your soul?