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If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again,
what would they be and why?
I think I’d have to make sure they were all loooooooooong books to keep me busy for quite some time. I also may have to cheat just a little bit here. I know lots of people will go for something like The Complete Works of Shakespeare, but, much as I love his work, I’m not a fan of reading plays – I’d much rather watch them, so he will be conspicuous by his absence…
- The Stand by Stephen King (complete and unabridged edition)
This is one of my all-time favourite books; not because it’s of any particular literary merit, but for the story and the characters. When I crack open this book, it’s like visiting old friends, and despite having read it from cover to cover at least a dozen times, I always discover something new in there that I had either glossed over before or forgotten about. It’s also well over 1000 pages in hardback, so it keeps me going for quite a while when I read it.
- The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
I reckon this is a legitimate choice because you can buy it as a single volume. It’s a very large hardback volume, but I have seen it in shops and therefore feel I can count it as a single choice. I feel I’m growing to appreciate these novels more as time passes and would love to revisit them.
- The Collected Works of the Brontë Sisters
Are you sensing a theme here? I’ve read all their best known works, but there are still a few of the less well-known novels I’d like to try as well as re-reading those I’ve already tried. Anne is my favourite sister, but all three were incredibly talented.
- The Complete Works of Charles Dickens
I’ve only ever read A Christmas Carol, so this would be a great opportunity to rectify that situation and get to grips with the others. I just hope I would enjoy them enough that I didn’t kick myself for not choosing something else, but I feel one should always have something they’ve never read before on these lists, just to mix things up a bit.
- The Complete Adventures of Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Again, available in a single volume. I’ve only ever read the first novel and I loved it for the adventure, the characters and the humour. I think I would love the other books too, so they are what I choose to fill my last spot.
So there you go. I’ve actually surprised myself by filling four of the five spots with classics, but there you go. If I could only have five books for the rest of my days, these would be the ones I chose to fill my very limited shelf space. Or I could pop them all on my Kindle and carry them with me wherever I go…