10 books that have stayed with me or made a huge impact (in no particular order):
|1. THE ROBBER BRIDE, Margaret Atwood.|
I love all of her books but Xenia is the ultimate example of the skin-crawling horror women can inspire in one another.
|2. FRANNY AND ZOOEY, J.D. Salinger.|
Polish your shoes for the fat lady, damn it.
|3. I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, Dodi Smith.|
Smith might have been more famous for 101 Dalmatians but this book's literary-minded romantic heroine Cassandra is so compelling.
|4. WISE CHILDREN, Angela Carter.|
Not everything you read inspires you to change your signature perfume.
|5. MATILDA, Roald Dahl.|
Smart girls of the world unite and take over.
|6. THE BLUEST EYE, Toni Morrison.|
My first and favourite of her novels, language you can get totally lost in. Oprah's favourite author - and mine.
|7. TRACKS, Louise Erdich.|
Kind of witchy and brilliant.
|8. THE SUN ALSO RISES, Ernest Hemingway.|
This book is a master class in creating atmosphere and characters without being verbose.
|9. LOLITA, Vladimir Nabokov.|
This book is a master class in the luxury of verbosity. You can always count on a murderer for fancy prose style.
|10. THE BELL JAR, Sylvia Plath.|
The mad girl's love song.