10 OF MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE NOVELS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) ARE:
100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE – GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING – MILAN KUNDERA
THE DIVINE COMEDY – DANTE
THE SHADOW OF THE WIND – CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL – PHILIPPA GREGORY
HOMEGOING – YAA GYASI
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD – HARPER LEE
THE GREAT GATSBY – F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
A TIME TO KILL – JOHN GRISHAM
ANNA KARENINA – LEO TOLSTOY
I like these books because firstly, they are all beautifully written. It may sound like a daft line because after all, who wants to read books that are not well written? Well, everyone has different tastes…
Leadership in creativity is a passionate subject for me. The work of authors is not always appreciated as much as it ought to be. Expressing your thoughts, ideas, ideals, art, in a book, without recourse to what people may think of them, is a courageous act. And books have served to inspire generations of human beings. If that is not a form of leadership, I don’t know what is.
I am sharing only headlines about what these books listed evoke in my mind and spirit. For a much more meaningful, lively and fun discussion, we need to spend quality time over a few good cups of coffee, paired with the most divine chocolate…
Jumping right in;
100 Years of Solitude and Homegoing both take you through an amazing story of generations of families whose lives and destinies are intertwined. The narrative, along with the twists and turns are truly magical in the case of Homegoing, and additionally witty in the case of 100 Years of Solitude.
The Shadow of the Wind is haunting in its detail of the characters and gives your mind free reign to create an undercover world in which you are the voyeur.
To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill bring a combination of fast-paced thriller, world issues of justice and themes of human nature weaved into exciting plots.
Anna Karenina gives strength to a woman’s voice and desires as it takes you back into a forgotten era.
The Great Gatsby quiets the mind, bringing you moments of inflection as you identify with the protagonist.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being provokes your thoughts, bringing out the philosophical you.
Phillipa Gregory always brings English monarchical reign to life and The Other Boleyn Girl is a representation of this at its finest.
The Divine Comedy awakens the curious, the spiritual and the open side of you through its deep message, the various passages of life and death it takes you through, and the conviction through which the author presents the narrative.
These books are all shades of creative and all shades of special.
What are some of your favourite books, and why? Please do share in the comments sections.