I was nominated for THE BOOKER AWARD some time ago by the lovely Rob Zimmermann (please, visit his blog A Life Among the Pages). I am very happy for getting this, since books are definitely my biggest passion. This award comes with homework, so I better start doing it.

What I have to do is:
  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award (who may or may not decide to write their corresponding post).

It is very difficult to choose only 5 top books from the huge list of books that I love. And I know that most of you are already thinking that I will list 5 books by Jane Austen. You are WRONG! Apart from Jane Austen, there are lots of other writers that I love. So here I go with my top 5 books (in no particular order, since I love them all):

1) The Lord of the Rings (trilogy), by J.R.R. Tolkien.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
(Amazon's synopsis).

I really love these books. Why? Because I think that the universe that Tolkien managed to create is so good that it makes you think that it can be real. Whenever I feel a bit bad, I run to the Middle Earth and enjoy myself being a Hobbit (my pixie size wouldn't allow me be an elf). Tolkien was a superb story-teller and I love the way he has of telling things. 

2) The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. (Amazon's synopsis).

This book is one of the books that I read without a real intention of reading it, and it turned out that I loved it. One of my friends had to read this book for her History lessons while she was attending High School. When she showed me the book, I thought that it would be some boring account of historical facts and dates. And I forgot about it. Months later, my friend told me it was the most fascinating book she had ever read. Taking into account that I am a very curious person (especially when books are concerned), and taking into account that I love really thick books (the version that I read has 1100 pages), I decided to give it a try. And you know what? I read it in 4 days! And I loved it!

3) Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. (Amazon's synopsis)

Did you really believe that I wasn't going to include ANY book by Jane Austen? (rolling on the floor, laughing) Now, seriously, I love this book because the layers of irony and subtle humour are so many that make of this book a delightful read. I simply love Austen's style. And to those of you who are thinking that this is a chick-lit book about a romantic story, I can only tell you to read the book.

4) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. (Amazon's synopsis)

I learnt to read with this book. I was 5 when I got this book as a birthday present. I used to sit in front of the television with my book while watching Sesame Street. When the Sesame Street's characters started teaching the letters, I used to look for them in my book, so I started learning how to combine them, till I finally managed to read the whole book. So this book has a very special place in my bookworm heart.

5) Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë.Classic novel of consuming passions, played out against the lonely moors of northern England, recounts the turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff. A masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the story remains as poignant and compelling today as it was when first published in 1847. (Amazon's synopsis)

This book is simply amazing. It is powerful, it is magical, and the supernatural atmosphere that you can feel all over the book makes of it even a more special book. It is impossible not to feel dragged into the story, it is impossible not to feel Cathy's and Heathcliff's passion. What fascinates me more about this book is the use of the background and nature. I mean, the landscape in which the story takes place, as well as the weather, match pretty well what is going on in the story. For me, Wuthering Heights is a masterpiece, and I would have loved to be able to read more books by Emily Brontë. Unfortunately, life didn't give her the chance of writing so much.
Her tragic fate matched the tragic fate of her characters.

Finally, I have to nominate 5 bloggers who also love books so much. And the nominees are:

Dawn G. Torrens
Peter Germany
Marilou George
Dionne Lister
Scott Morgan



09/16/2012 7:13am

Congratulations on this wonderful award it could not go to a more deserving person Cinta! Thank you so much for nominating me I am so HAPPY and look forward to following the rules and posting to my website soon... You have made my day AGAIN xoxox

09/16/2012 8:29am

Terrific books! I hadn't heard of this award yet - Congratulations on winning it!

09/16/2012 4:56pm

Thanks Cinta. It's great to see your list - you have diverse tastes. I'm actually looking forward to doing my blog post and trying to narrow down my top 5 books.


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