BTT – Only Five

This week’s BTT is:

If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again, what would they be and why?

That is a very unfair paradigm in which to live. 5 books? for the rest of my life?

The Classic: Jane Austen – Mansfield Park or Pride and Prejudice – I’m cheating a little bit here in not specifying which of my favourite Austen novels I’d take, but frankly either would do. The writing is so delicious that I’m sure I could get years of enjoyment out of it. In fact I could cheat and take her collected works, but I don’t think that’s the aim of this question.

The Challenge: J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (come on, I can have a trilogy, can’t I?). I’ve never tried to read this because I feel like I should read The Hobbit first, and that’s just too dull to waste time on. Hence I constantly fall at the zeroth hurdle. But so many people love these books that I should probably read them.

The Fun One: I’m going to be outrageously clichéd here and say one (any one) of the Harry Potter series, because I loved to read them when I was a bit younger, it’s time I re-read them, and it would be really interesting to go back through them.

The Favourite: L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (again, I want the whole series, but I don’t think I’m allowed). How could I go through the rest of my life, growing up, having a family etc. without my favourite Anne-with-an-e? Besides, it’s high time I re-read it.

The Gamble: Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. I haven’t actually read this (although I meant to join in with Iris’ readalong but didn’t quite get around to it) but it’s one that I really want to read, and so many people love it that I think this is a fairly safe bet.

What about you?

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