Happy World Book Day 2013! World Book Day is a UNESCO day to highlight reading and publishing. It’s celebrated (in most countries) on April 23rd.
As a writer and avid reader and book collector, this is a pretty important day for my wife and I. In fact, we probably get just as excited about today and some people do about Christmas! Janelle and I make lists of our favorite books, we read, sometimes we visit the library or a book store. And we drink A LOT of coffee (which has nothing to do with books but it’s fun to do).
In celebration of World Book Day, I’m posting a couple of lists here:
Be sure to check out my list of the 10 business books that changed my life… and post some of your favorite business books in the comments!
Also, here’s my list of my favorite 10 fictional books right now. (I haven’t put these into any kind of order. The order changes all the time, depending on my mood). The links are to Amazon (but are not affiliate links).
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Great Canadian book! I own 3 copies of this book.
- The Terror by Dan Simmons. Loved this historical horror novel — a genre that doesn’t get much attention.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding. An engaging and timeless allegory. The end is my favorite.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I can relate to the tireless quest of Ahab.
- 1984 by George Orwell. This story might be dated 1984 but it is timeless.
- The Partner by John Grisham. Maybe not a “classic” like the other books in this list but it’s an engaging story nonetheless.
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I’ve read all of them but the first of the trilogy is my favorite.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. John Irving is a quirky writer and there are many parallels to Robertson Davies. I love how the book comes together in the end.
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. The movie was entertaining but the book is powerful and goes deeper in the lesson that the movie tried to portray.
- Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth. This story is dated and pulpy but a good light adventure story.
Runners-up included Of Mice and Men (J. Steinbeck), works by financial fiction guru Paul Eerdman, and works by pulp fiction writers John D. Macdonald and Donald Westlake (I’m a huge pulp fiction fan).
And if you love the genre known as financial fiction, check out my financial fiction book reviews.
Happy World Book Day 2013!