I know it's silly, and childish, and bloggish, and inaccurate, and I know it's a game and the choice will be different in the morning — but how about a list of your ten favourite books? Books that have influenced you, delighted you, stunned and startled you, books that have changed your life in some way? They needn't necessarily be literary, or even well-written; they may be books which were important at a much earlier stage of your life and which you wouldn't want to read again. Or they could be books which are so totemic that you have them by your side at all times. I invite you to indulge me and play this game — those who don't comment regularly, or even at all, are very welcome too! I won't hold you to these lists, which should be spontaneously scribbled down off the top of your head. Though I think you may be surprised at how much such a list says about you. Well, here goes — this is mine. Not in any particular order:
1. Georges Duhamel The Life And Adventures Of Salavin
2. Colin Wilson The Outsider
3. Edward Thomas Poems
4. Rainer Maria Rilke Letters To A Young Poet
5. Alfred J. Brown Striding Through Yorkshire
6. Hermann Hesse Steppenwolf
7. Rebecca Solnit Wanderlust
8. John Hillaby Journey Through Britain
9. Iris Murdoch Under The Net
10. Krishnamurti The Penguin Krishnamurti Reader
See — it's easy, isn't it? That only took a minute. Why don't you have a go?
Oh, and by the way, in case you're wondering about the title of this blog post... I only put it there to attract your attention...