4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
This was the first 'grown up' book I read when I was little. It is my favourite Agatha Christie novel, and for some reason I still remember the exact time and place that I read it- on holidays in a cabin at Rainbow Beach in Australia.
I loved the story line and the characters, and it inspired a love and appreciation for all things Agatha Christie that still endures today.
The Cup of the World by John Dickinson
When reading this book as a teenager, I found the story line for some reason to be troubling in some way. It is a medieval historical novel with a morally complexing theme, that as a young teenager I found intriguing. The story forces a daughter of a baron to choose between a knight that she loves or her father and the kingdom. It is a novel and story line that I still remember even though it is nearly 12 years since I first read it.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
I had to read this book as part of my school curriculum and boy did I complain! I didn't want to read it, and thought it was going to be another boring book that I would have to struggle through and then write essays on characters that I hated. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This book had such an effect on me that I cried at the ending. The story grew on me and by the end I loved it and was recommending it to others. It was the first book that made me cry.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
If I ever get asked to recommend a book that is good for travelling, good for a lazy weekend at home, good for short breaks, good for a light read, good for a great story line, good for great characters.... then I recommend this one.
It is such a great story that it fits with any occasion and any need. The story is so beautiful that I could read it again and again and still find it simply outstanding.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I recently reviewed this title in full on my blog (click here to read it) and although it is only new, it is a book that I would rank up there in my all time favourites. Everyone should read this book and everyone should own a copy and treasure it.
For some reason I feel extremely protective of my copy of this book, and of the characters in it. When you read it, you will understand too.
Addition by Toni Jordan
I love books that have a character in that you immediately identify with, even if they are just a little bit odd. This was the case for me with this book. The main character Grace, has obsessive compulsive disorder and has a quirky way that she has to do things- mostly counting everything. And then she meets a guy who doesn't count and falls in love and tries to learn to tone down her obsessions while still being true to herself.
Grace is just one of those people I totally get and that's why I love this book.