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From Riders to The God Delusion - my favourite books

Friday, 28 January 2011  |  Admin

Todays post is again inspired by the Friday Club carnival over at Notes from Home asking us to share favourite books. As you may know I'm an avid reader, ploughing my way through at least two or three books per month (hence the Kindle on my christmas present list!
On the fiction side, my favourite books are almost too numerous to mention and tend to vary wildly from horror / sci-fi (Stephen King's 'The Stand' has got to be up there towards the top, I've reread it at least 5 or 6 times), right through to Ghostwritten by David Mitchell and the Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
And, can I admit my guilty pleasures here? It has to be either Riders by Jilly Cooper (OMG, Rupert Campbell-Black!) or any of the Trueblood series, especially those featuring the big, blond, butch vampire Eric. Yum.

Lest you think that my reading material is WAY too trashy (which I admit, some of it definitely is) I do try to balance it out on the non-fiction side. I've just finished re-reading Bad Science by Ben Goldacre who does a marvellously sarky, cynical job of highlighting media medical scare stories and out of proportion reporting (the whole MMR scandal being a fabulous case in point). He also rips apart 'Dr' Gillian McKeith, who god knows needs taking down a peg or two. He's witty and intelligent and treats his readers in the same way without being intimidating and it makes great reading.
Another book to make you think is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Coming from Northern Irealand I don't have much time for religion and reading this book finally gave me the courage to admit that I'm an atheist. It's also got some fabulously funny reading too '"I have found it amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and almost all the other gods that have been invented since the dawn of man. I just go one god further."
But I couldn't write about my favourite books without including my favourite cookbooks too. Although I'm a big fan of Jamie Oliver, I find that the books which I return to again and again are The Ballymaloe Cookery Course by Darina Allen and The Kitchen Revolution.
The Ballymaloe cookery book is now well-thumbed in my house as there are literally recipes for every occasion and some fantastic preserves recipes also. However on a daily basis, I tend to use The Kitchen Revolution for family meals as it provides seasonal recipes for every day of the year and has opened my eyes to a lot more ingredients (and nice ways of cooking them - I actually like cabbage now!)
As always if you've got opinions on any of choices, please share!
Here are the other entries in this Book Carnival:
Jax from Making It Up reviews ten favourite books she loves to read with her children in My favourite books.
Kelly from Domestic Goddesque posts about the book that gave her back the joy of losing yourself in a book in I read books once. Now I have small children.
Jenny from GingerBread House reviews her favourite book: Orla Kiely – Pattern.
Nova from Cherished By Me posts about the books that fuelled her passion for reading in My favourite book.
Not So Single Mum from Diary of a (not so) Single Mum reviews The Lady in the Tower.
Becky from Book Reviews for Mums reviews the book that opened her up to her responsibilities and the choices she makes in life in My Favourite Book.
Helen from Cheeky Wipes reviews her favourite books in From Riders to The God Delusion – my favourite books.
Cass from The Diary of a Frugal Family reviews her first and favourite cookbook in Where It All Began.
Cara from Freckles Family reviews a favourite from the past few years in A Favourite Book.
Maggy from Red Ted Art reviews a recent gift, a Pop-up, Pull-out, Picture Atlas.
Ella from Notes From Home reviews Sad Book.

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