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A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...

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LISTS ABOUT BOOKS

BOOKS ON MY 'TO READ' LIST

1. Fromer.ly (Dane Cobain)

2. Life before man (Margaret Atwood)

3. Salt of the sea (Ruth Sepetys)

4. Enemy (Tom Bowler)

5. Dark Eden (Chris Beckett)


MY FAVOURITE BOOKS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

1. Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov)

2. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

3. Blindness (Jose Saramago)

4. Enduring Love (Ian McEwan)

5. Unwound (Neal Shusterman)

6. Out of Everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK (various)

7. The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)

8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

9. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

10. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

11. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Charles Yu)

12. Only Forward (Michael Marshall-Smith)


FIVE PICTURE BOOKS I LOVE

1. Green Eggs and Ham

2. Oi! Get Off Our Train

3. The Day the Crayons Quit

4. The Incredible Book Eating Boy

5. The Sad Book

BOOKS I THINK ARE OVERRATED (Sorry to any fans!)

1. The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)

2. What I Loved (Siri Hustvedt)

3. The Plague (Albert Camus)

4. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)

6. Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby, Jnr.)

7. Little Women (Louise May Alcott)

8. Freedom (Jonathon Franzen)

9. The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)

10. The Corrections (Jonathon Franzen)

11. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)

MY TOP 10 FIRST LINES (OR FIRST FEW LINES...)

1) It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him. (Catch-22 - Joseph Heller)

2) I worry about you travelling in those mystical machines. Every day people fall from the clouds, dead. (Who Loves You - Carol Ann Duffy)

3) If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. (The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger)

4) The gunman is useless.I know it. He knows it. The whole bank knows it. (I am the Messenger - Markus Zusak)

5) If I had smoked, it might have been easier. (A Matter of Death and Life - Andrey Kurkov)

6) I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix... (Howl - Allen Ginsberg)

7) It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not. (The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster)

8) One day in August a man disappeared. (The Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abe)

9) When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along to and FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie,” which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta. (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami)

10) When it happens, this is what happens: I shoot myself. (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu)


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