Although having time to do any valuable reading at all fills me with excitement these days, the more I do read the more I see the benefits and excitement of immersing myself in a particular world an author has created. Worlds we can rely on time and time again. Since I don’t read nearly enough series of books, most of my anticipated sequels have been around a fair while. Do bear with me in my ignorance for this week’s marvellous Top Ten Tuesday….
1. The Year of the Flood; Margaret Atwood. The impetus to read any series of books for me is often the publication of the final, much-anticipated installment – hence my final foray into Margaret Atwood’s much-loved Maddaddam trilogy this year. Thought-provoking stuff.
2. The Mirror and the Light; Hilary Mantel – Even though my experience of Mantel’s writing outside the Wolf Hall trilogy has been poor to say the least, her depiction of the life and times of Thomas Cromwell is thrilling and I cannot wait to continue on his predictable journey.
3. The Mad Apprentice; Django Wexler – Wexler’s The Forbidden Library was my first worthy experience of a ‘children’s book’ in fifteen long years. It won’t be my last as this was the first tale to sweep me well and truly away in a long time. Magical.
4. How to Build a Girl; Caitlin Moran – Moran’s How to Be a Woman was so funny and insightful it made me snort into my corn flakes. Although I imagine this is much of the same thing, you can’t knock a winning formula.
5. Love in a Cold Climate; Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love brought me just the type of cosy English drama I sometimes crave. A reading of this will be all the more poignant following the death of the last Mitford sister; Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
6. Silver: Return to Treasure Island; Andrew Motion – This might sound naff and read even worse, but I can’t deny my love for Treasure Island; an admiration so deep I might just have to get my fix with Motion’s questionable sequel.
7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There; Catherynne M. Valente – No, I haven’t ready of these yet. Maybe Christmas is just the time. They’re really supposed to be the BEST.
8. Gormenghast; Mervin Peake – On the side of a much darker fantasy, the thought of reading Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy thrills (and frightens) me just a tad.
9. 1985; Anthony Burgess – Although not a sequel to Orwell’s seminal novel in the truest sense of the world, the thought of a Burgess-take on this political dystopia, coupled with an academic response to Orwell’s original work, is intriguing, if not widely loved, to say the least.
10. Vile Bodies; Evelyn Waugh – A natural conclusion. After reading and, much to my surprise, chuckling my little socks off at Waugh’s farcical Decline and Fall recently, this one is the next on the list to keep me entertained over Christmas.