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Here is a list of my 10 favorite books of all time!
Salem's Lot - Stephen King
My favourite book in the world. In a time when vampire stories are a dime a dozen, this one stands true over and over again (probably because it's one of the originals). If you haven't read it I suggest you remedy the situation.
The Dark Tower Series I-VII - Stephen King
I'm putting these all together because they're amazing books and you need to read them all to completely understand the level of awesomeness they contain. Also, I have a slight Stephen King obsession. I swear I'll save 3-10 for other authors. The books follow the story of Roland Deschain, better known as the Gunslinger, and his fight to save the Dark Tower. If you've read many of King's books before you'll definitely recognise a few faces and places, as King has a great love of giving his main characters from one story a cameo in another (much like he himself likes to cameo in his movies). Somehow it all weaves together, leaving you wondering if the entire universe is just one big King creation.
His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
One of the only stories to ever make me cry. A beautiful mix of fantasy and real life worlds, Pullman is true to his name and pulls you so far inside his story that you won't want to put the book down.
The Lightbringer Series - Brent Weeks
This series isn't finished yet (thank God!) but the first four books have been epic tales of love and loss and tragedy. Weeks has a way of writing his characters that leaves you switching your allegiance several times. Each book is huge though so not for the faint of heart.
The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks
My sister-in-law got me onto reading Weeks, and as you can see he also dominates in my favourites list. This fantasy trilogy follows the amazing story of a young orphan-turned-assassin-in-training as he navigates his way through the hierarchy and politics of his new world, all while trying to keep safe those he loves most.
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
This novel was a recent read since it was on my prescribed reading list for a university unit. I didn't think I'd like it, since it's a crime novel and that genre isn't exactly on the top of my favourites list. But the novel was fantastic. You have to approach it with caution, because it's a product of it's time and as such the language can get a bit much every now and then. Aside from that, it's magnificent. Chandler just decided one day that he could do a better job than the crime novels he'd been reading, and he sat down and damn well did it!
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
I love this book. I've read it countless times and I always go back for more. There's something so comforting and mesmerising in Bronte's way of writing. Again an obvious classic.
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Holy crap on a cracker! I loved this book! Another one from my prescribed reading list for a uni semester, I was pleasantly blown away. I think I read the whole thing in a day, I couldn't put it down. I struggled with the book burning, being such a huge book lover myself, but I think Bradbury did that on purpose. Nothing crazier than reading about a society where it's illegal to read books and owning them gets your house burned to the ground and you thrown in prison.
The idea of a dystopian future where TV and media rules everything and books are outlawed is... unfathomable, but it feels like a future that might not be as far away as we think.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Oh my God. I loved this book! I can't believe it's taken me so many years to read it! Stephen King mentions it quite often in On Writing, so I finally bought myself a copy.
The odd thing is, I'm not sure exactly what happens in this novel, or how it ends. I have a theory, but Jackson is so damned skilful that I'm pretty sure it'll only ever be a theory. Don't let it stop you though. A great read!