Hello and Welcome to my first The Weekly Geek post.
I was going to write about what being a geek means to me but as its World Book Day how could I not write about my greatest love, Books!
I’m not really sure when my love affair with books started, I don’t really remember being read to very much as a child and neither of my parent’s are big readers, my mum has about 5 books and really doesn’t understand why I like them so much. I have always wanted a library like the one in Bedknobs and Broomsticks with a ladder that can swing around the whole room.. I think books are the best kind of escapism there is, books have got me through some very difficult times, its just so easy to pick up a book and slip into another world and be someone else for a while.
Now I’m going to tell you my top 5 favourite books, which was actually very difficult to decide.
’48 By James Herbert – This book is an alternative history/horror novel, it follows American Pilot, Hoke, who has been stranded in a dystopian London after Hitler uses a biological weapon that wipes out the human race with Blood Death apart from people with the AB blood type and some who suffer the Slow Death. It is just a brilliant book, I think if it was done right it could be a brilliant film, the whole opening scene when we first meet Hoke would be quite epic on the big screen.
The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger – In this book we follow teenager Holden Caulfield as he is expelled from school then spends 3 days in New York before he can return home to his parents. The typical book that is filled with teenage angst that I think every one should read when they are going through their rebellious stage as a teenager. Apparently a lot of people that have read the book find the central character Holden Caulfield, to be a self obsessed character who is too whiny, I think that perfectly describes the majority of teenagers.
My Uncle Oswald By Roald Dahl – In this book, Oswald discovers the worlds most powerful aphrodisiac, places it inside chocolate truffles and with the help of Yasmin, his female accomplice, seduces the worlds most famous men with the intent of selling their semen to women who want to be impregnated by them. The Famous men include the likes of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, James Joyce, Albert Enstien to name a few. This is a brilliant adult novel by Roald Dahl, very much removed from the stories of his I read as a child but still has his unique and funny style of writing
Making History By Stephen Fry – This book involves the creation of an alternative historical time-line, one where Hitler never existed. It follows Michael Young, a history student who meets Professor Leo Zimmerman, the son of a Doctor at Auschwitz, together they modify a machine so they can send a permanent male contraceptive pill and place it in a well that Hitler’s father will drink from, become infertile and therefore Hitler will never be born. The consequences being that Michael wakes up in the USA, in a completely different and not necessarily better world. A completely fascinating book, Stephen Fry’s humour and intelligence really shines through in this book.
The Harry Potter Series – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what these books are about. I know there are some people that just don’t understand the appeal of these books and wonder why grown ups love them so much. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stones came out when I was 10, the same age as Harry at the start of the books, I grew up with these books and the characters, they are apart of my life, something that definitely makes me sound like such a book geek but that’s me. I reread all the books in order every year and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely my favourite of the whole series, The Goblet of Fire being the second.
So there we have it, my 5 favourite books/book series, I highly recommend all of them, have you read them?
Have you enjoyed them as much as I have?
What are your 5 favourite books? I would love some new book recommendations.