LISTS

Let's change the world one list at a time - out with the old 'top 10 / 100 / best of' lists, and in with the lists from a life in progress. Here are a few of mine to get you inspired to create some of your own.

BOOKS I HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE FROM COVER TO COVER, OUT OF CHOICE

Some of these books I have read many times from sheer love, others because of a time in my life (children's books I loved, and adoring period novels in my teens for examaple), and I devour anything by Margaret Atwood. Others on here I wouldn't re-read again, some I look forward to returning to again and again. These are not necessarily recommendations, just a list, as it is. So in no particular order, and sprinkling the Atwood novels throughout, here goes:

  • The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

  • The Passion, by Jeannette Winterston

  • The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx

  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy

  • Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood

  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein

  • The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit

  • Papillon, by Henri Carrier

  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

  • Banco, by Henri Carrier

  • The Distant Land of My Father, by Bo Caldwell

  • The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

  • King of the Cloud Forests, by Michael Morpurgo

  • Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Captain Correlli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernier

  • The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper

  •  The Cranford Chroincles, by Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

  • The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

  • Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

  • Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood

  • The Cather in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

  • The Path, by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

  • Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

  • Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson

  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus

  • The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood

MOVIES THAT MOVED ME

Movies that moved and changed me, sometimes unexpectedly.

  • Juno

  • Love, Simon

  • Wonder

  • Pan's Labyrith

  • Moulin Rouge (couldn't help putting this in, spent many a happy hour singing along!)

  • Pride

  • Hidden Figures

  • Mona Lisa Smile

  • Schindler's List

  • The Way Back

  • The Help

GREAT SOUNDING WORDS THAT MEAN EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO SAY IN THE MOMENT

Bombastic
Discombobulated
Oxymoron
Tautology
Obtuse
Esoteric
Fulsome