Choosing Favourite Books is Harder than You’d Think!

July 18, 2013 Reviews 0

A very wise man put it perfectly when he said:


Neil Gaiman, I definitely agree with you. Picking a favourite book can be nigh on impossible. Tastes can change as you age, so what was a favourite as a teenager can often appear cheesy or a little outdated on future reflection.

For instance, I loved When Nightingales Sang by Harriet Hudson as a teenager. I thought this World War Two-era romance with big band music and fighter pilots was just so awesome and incredible. My very well-read copy (which I shared with my sister) disappeared. Last year, I managed to get myself another copy via the wonderful AbeBooks. Sitting down to read it, I fully expected to be swept away again. Honestly, I should have left that one to the 90s. There was so much cheese in it, I felt like I was in the fridge section at Coles.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, even a year ago, you would have been hard pressed to get me to read anything labelled paranormal, sci-fi or fantasy. However, thanks to the wonderful world of reviewing, I have read some fantastic books from these genres. In my post A look back at the last six months for My Written Romance …., I noted one of my favourites from the first half of this year was Fish Out of Water by Ros Baxter. The heroine is a nicotine-addicted, land-living police deputy with questionable taste in men, who just happens to be a mermaid, and boy, she was fun to read.

There are however going to be books in your library that, no matter how often you re-read them, are always going to be favourites. These are the books that have you making good book noise long after the final page is turned.

For me, these are five of the books you are always going to find on my bookshelf or in my e-reader – they’re mostly romance (because hey, that’s how I roll) but there’s a different one in there too:

60223See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson – feisty, intelligent heroine and hot hockey player? Makes for an awesome pairing. I could read this book over and over again.

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JOOTG-reissue-smJust One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins – Chastity is one of the most fantastic and original heroines in any book I’ve read. Oh, and Trevor? Sigh….

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cover24014-mediumThe Sunburnt Country by Fiona Palmer – yes, this is a recent one but wow, it was just so lovely and a really honest & beautiful romance. The fact that it was set in my beautiful homeland tipped it over the edge for me. You can read my review here.

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9780778314158_medVirgin River by Robyn Carr – this book just totally drew me into this incredible world and community that Robyn Carr created. I now have almost an entire shelf on my bookshelf filled with her books.

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and now for something completely different….

possum-magicPossum Magic by Mem Fox – just about the most gorgeous children’s story I’ve come across and the illustrations are incredible. I remember it from my childhood and can’t wait to share it with my own daughter.

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Those are my five keepers, and there are many, many more books that have fired my imagination over the journey which only just missed out.


Readers, what are your favourites? Which books will never lose their place on your bookshelf? What books elicit good book noise regardless of the number of times you’ve read them?

I can’t wait to see what you all have to say.

Happy reading!

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