I'm very pleased to welcome author Tracey Sinclair onto The Reading Light Is On..,
Over to Tracey:
Five favourite books
Narrowing it down to five is impossible – my list of favourites is a slippery thing that changes according to my mood – but these are five of my favourites.
Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
Gloriously gossipy epistolary novel chronicling the saucy shenanigans of pre-Revolutionary French aristocrats. Far better than the movie (and I loved the movie!), it will have you rooting for the bad guys.
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
One of literature’s most slippery unreliable narrators, this is a beautifully written and haunting novel full of exquisite small touches.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Nothing to do with the modern usage of geek – it refers to the old circus term which has a far uglier meaning – this is an utterly compelling, dark and twisted look at families. Not for everyone, but those who love it won’t ever forget it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(Impossible to choose a cover so have picked several: Caryl (Mrs Bloggs)
Predictable choice, I know, but I simply adore this book, and it doesn’t hurt that I shall forever picture Mr Darcy as looking like Colin Firth!
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The best love story I have read in a decade – lush, romantic, epic in the true sense of the word, this story of lovers Achilles and Patroclus is set against the terrible backdrop of the Trojan War and makes me ache whenever I think of it.
My next five books
We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
I started this already so it’s likely to be the next one I finish, and it has taken me off guard with its loveliness – beautifully written, humane and moving.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
As someone who has lived alone in cities a lot, this one speaks to me!
Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
A friend sent me this after I mentioned I’d enjoyed Solnit’s books Hope in the Dark and Men Explain Things to Me, so I am looking forward to reading it. I like Solnit’s cool prose.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Another gift from another friend – my friends and I often swap books as we all read so much – this has been pretty high profile so am interested to see if it lives up to the hype.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
I picked this up at my local indie bookshop the other day – I always enjoy a collection of essays, and Gay seems like an interesting and eloquent writer so I am keen to read her work.
Tracey Sinclair is an author and freelance editor and writer. Her books include the romcom The Bridesmaid Blues and the Dark Dates/Cassandra Bick series, the latest of which, Angel Falls, is out now.
Thanks Tracey for taking part in The Reading Light Is On…
I've enjoyed reading about your book choices and looking for the covers.