Penguin’s December challenge continues with the one book I think everyone should read…no pressure or anything! #SeasonsReadings
6. Everyone should read
Cor this is a tough one. It would be all very well simply recommending one of my favourite books but it wouldn’t necessarily be as universally entertaining to everyone else. Should recommendations be based on the enjoyment factor? Or does the ultimate recommendation need to carry a little more weight than that? I have tried to go for both. It was a toss-up between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and George Orwell’s 1984. Although Lee’s masterpiece may arguably explore more universal values than Orwell’s political piece, I had to go with the one I enjoy just a teensy bit more. This book is so important I can hardly do it justice. The concept of Big Brother and all he entails pervades our modern lives…..all the spookier considering he only penned this novel in 1948…
NB: This book was a particularly apt choice since the boyfriend and I were lucky enough to spend our hols of the remote Isle of Jura earlier this year; where the man himself lived whilst writing his masterpiece, typewriter propped up on his knees in bed. We made a literary pilgrimage down the 4 miles of single track road that leads to the remote farmhouse, a path only accessible by foot. It’s wasn’t hard to see where he found inspiration….