The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

Was chatting with a friend and recommending her some books she should read, and ended up giving her my top ten 'must reads'. All things considered, I thought I'd post the list here, while rejuvenating my blog.

Back to the list. This is a rather varied list, jumping continents, time periods and genres, but it is my top ten favourite reads, and probably forms the books I would take with me onto a deserted island. They are in random order, but are my absolute favourites, and I've read each of them more than a few times.

The changes I made is replacing  'Crime and Punishment' with number 6, because while I would put the former on  for a reading list, I prefer the latter book and replacing 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison with number 9. Doubtless ' Beloved' is the better book, but it just is not a book I would want on an deserted island with me - it will certainly give me more nightmares than any demon ever could. Besides, I love 'The Exorcist' waaaay too much not to include it here.

Feel free to add your own recommendations.

The List (in random order):

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. Sophie's World - Jostein Garder
  3. Hamlet - Shakespeare
  4. Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. Foucault's Pendulumn - Umberto Eco
  8. The Moor's Last Sigh - Salman Rushdie
  9. The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
  10. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster


hmm... off the top of my head

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Songs of Distant Earth - Arthur C. Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell - Susanna Clarke

Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
A thousand Splendid suns - Khaled Hosseini
Princess - Jean Sasson
Memoirs of a geisha - Arthur Golden

Harry Potter 1, Harry Potter 5
Lord of the Rings 1,2,3 - Tolkein
Foundation Series By Issac Assimov
Rama and Rama 2 by Arthur C. Clarke

Thanks all...but Harry Potter? Acromantula, you can do better than that, surely?

Oh boy looks like i have a lot of reading to do.....


You don't have to. But I think you'll find them really interesting.

I have a long list on the sidebar of my blog of all the books I've read over the past couple years (the ones I have liked, anyway/)

If you're soft in the head about animals, as am I, you might like:

--The good good pig : the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood Sy Montgomery

And how about a little Canadiana?

--Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

-The Other Side of the Bridge Mary Lawson

--Fruit by Brian Francis (about a boy whose nipples talk to him)

--The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

--All That Matters by Wayson Choy

And just a lovely book:

--The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

ANd of course, you could always read books by Sri Lankan - Canadian Michael Ondaatje! :)

PS: The new blog design is extremely cool! That's not a blogger template, is it? Surely it's a custom design?

Thanks Knatolee - it certainly isn't a blogger template! I found it on the internet.

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