Monday, 18 May 2015

Favourite Books

Brunei Blogger May Cho lists down her favourite books on The Mayden

Welcome to Exhibit A. Observe specimen M in its natural habitat.

I'm sorry I had to. I'm way too excited to write this post! I don't think I've ever disclosed this on the blog, but I'm a pretty huge reader. As someone who is mortified of social interaction (and who honestly suck at it big time), I find solace in written words and stories. I love books, and I love to read, so this time around, I thought I'd share my favourite books of all time and also a terribly shot outfit to accompany the list, for which I apologize. I'm in a somewhat high-collared knit top and super comfy grid leggings.

So let's move on to the books!


1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE

Do I even need to say another word? Southern town, check. Mischievous protagonists, check. Societal commentaries, check. Stunning prose, CHECK. Lee's got everything rolled up into one masterpiece of a book. I read this a few years ago, fell in love, read in 10 more times, and fell in love all over again. I cannot express my love for this book (and the sequel is coming out this July, anyone else excited?!) I'm also reading the book in the picture above!

2. THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG BY MURIEL BARBERY

I've only read the English version of this French book, but I'm hoping to learn the language so I can soak in all of Barbery's mastery in full. The Elegance of the Hedgehog revolves around two quirky and intelligent Parisians, both of whom hide their true identities from a world they suspect would not appreciate them. This one is told in dual perspectives, and I love both the narrator's voices. The novel is heavily supported by philosophy and I found the use of language in this sense very, very exquisite. 

3. THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X BY KEIGO HIGASHINO

Repeat after me: I will not pass out from Keigo Higashino's genius. This book. This book. THIS BOOK. I don't even know where to begin! Again, I've only read the English version of the original Japanese novel, and, true, the prose is choppy and nothing brilliant in English, but let me just say it right now that the story makes up for everything. The first time I finished the book, all I could do was say "What?" and shout "WHAT?!" It's that mind-blowing. I've recommended the book to several people and all of their reactions are testaments to the book's intricate and ingenious design. I've read this several times and it still blows me away EVERY TIME.

4. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER BY PATRICK SUSKIND

This one I read only after I saw the movie. I know. Some of you may have seen the film adaptation starring Ben Wishaw and Alan Rickman, and may have fallen in love with the stunning direction and cinematography, but I promise you, Suskind's electrifying use of language amplifies the ferocity and horror of the entire story by MILES. The book was originally published in German, but, like the previous two books, I've only read the English version.

5. OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY BY KAREN FOXLEE

I'm going to lay it all out on the table: I love children's books. I love middle-grade novels with children protagonists. And this one is perhaps my favourite of all time. The Marvelous Boy incorporates the classic story of The Snow Queen and spins it into something contemporary yet equally epic in the modern day fairytale. I absolutely love the characters in this book, and the writing style is very reminiscent of legends like C.S Lewis, Neil Gaiman and Lewis Carroll. 

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So there we go, my top five favourite books of all time! Have you read any of them? What did you think of them, and also, let me know some of your favourite books so I can get crackin' on reading em!


111 comments:

  1. Now you make me want to read the devotion of a suspect. Great list of books.
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  2. Oh oh oh! My friend recommended perfume a long time ago, and I remember loving it so much!! Love seeing it on your favorites list <3

    I hope you have a wonderful week beautiful!!

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  3. I haven't read any of these but I'd like to

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  4. So many classics! To Kill a Mockingbird will always be one of my favorites!

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    1. I've really enjoyed reading Perfume since the story is very fascinating! So happy you liked it too, May! The masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird is definitely on my list to read - sounds exciting!!! <3

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  5. I had watched the movie "Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" before but didn't realize it is adapted from a book! Thanks for sharing the list of books you love too!

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  6. I've read How to Kill a Mockingbird, The Elegance of a Hedgehog and Perfume. I knew it! You also love books. My father built a shelf for me just outside my bedroom door.. It occupies the entire wall yet I am still in need of space because I add a few or more to my collection almost every 2 weeks! Contrary to popular belief, I always head to bookstores first (not clothing stores) whenever I am at the mall. It's my dream to have a huge library at home, Jumanji kind. LOL. Paulo Coelho and Ernest Hemingway are a few of my fave authors. Have you read The Book Thief? xo

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    1. YES. My first stop would always be the book store! And yes, I have read The Book Thief, it's also one of my favourite books! And yes to that dream library. My dream is to live in a hybrid cinema-library (who needs a bedroom when you can sleep amongst your books?!), haha. Yay to bookish style bloggers! x

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  7. I'm a huge bookworm too, and social interaction mortifies me too!!:) Hehe we sound like kindred spirits!
    I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, but I've never read The Devotion Of Suspect X- but after reading your post, I think I may just need to make a visit to a book store pretty soon!:) Have a great day May! X

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    1. And kindred spirits, we are! That book is mind-blowingly amazing, and I do hope you get the chance to read it. You too, Nikki! x

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  8. nice pics!

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  9. very very nice and interesting post! ;)
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  10. Nice post ,kisses.

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  11. I need to look into this list! I've been slacking on my reading. Thanks for sharing, love :)

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  12. I loved perfume! The elegance of the hedgehog sounds really interesting. I'd love to know French too just to appreciate the original :) xx

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  13. Classics! and I too love children's books haha

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  14. These are great!! Thanks for sharing

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  15. I haven't read any but 1 and 4 are on my reading list!
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  16. Those books sounds interesting! I personally love poetry, especially by Lang Leav!

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    1. I wish I had the knowledge to appreciate poetry! I really do want to get into poetry, but I've read several classics from Ellen Poe and Goethe, and I just CANNOT appreciate it. I've heard of Lang Leav, too, and I think she appeals to the contemporary audience more, so I might check her out. Thanks for dropping by! x

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  17. Great post dear!
    Xoxo
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  18. Always nice to read posts about books and finding out that I'm not the only one who finds comfort in them :)
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  19. I love reading but don't think I have ever read the proper 'classics' such as to kill a mockingbird. I definitely need to get on that!

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  20. Thanks for sharing your fav books. xx
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  21. To kill of mockingbird is my all time favorite, I already read Perfume but not really like the ending, it's haunted me (I love happy ending). I would love to read the devotion of suspect! have you read "middlesex" ?, it's great books!

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    1. I thought the ending to Perfume was spectacular; it's precisely the reason why I love it so much -- Patrick Suskind writes with such passion and horror it's sheer magnificent! I haven't read Middlesex, but I'll add it to my TBR! Thanks for dropping by, June! x

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  22. All great choices, I love reading too. Mostly on the weekends when I have some free time :)

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  23. I'm a total bookworm, so this post is perfect!!!

    xx Olivia

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  24. I've read To Kill A Mockingbird and Perfume. Will have to check out some of your other recommendations. I love reading - anything from the Game of Thrones series to Watership Down to Charles Dickens! x

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    1. Yay! I'm planning on checking out the Game of Thrones series next! x

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  25. Cool, we're both bookworms and socially awkward as well. I see me in you. Lol! Nice list, definitely gonna check those out in the future x

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  26. I love digging into a good book! Great choices :)

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  27. Loving this post! Great recommendations:) xx, Hayley http://www.dailydoseofdarling.com

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  28. All of these books are just ... I have no words! Amazing blog post, lovely :) Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my blog too xx

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  29. Oh, books belong to the most important things in my life - can't live without them :) Thanks for sharing your favourite books!
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  31. All of these books are great! For sure top 10s in my eyes :) Thanks for sharing!

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  32. You look so cozy. I have only read TKAM from your list of favorites. I love reading so I will definitely need to check your other recommendations out :)

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  34. I'm a huge reader as well, and I'm looking for something new to read :) I'll definitely check out your recommendations!
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  35. Ooh I'm on the hunt for a new good book! Great list here, thanks for sharing!

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  36. HI lovely,I wish I could read more often, I used to read more but now tooth my two littles ones time is tight!! Thanks for sharing the love for reading! xx
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  37. You look so comfy! I love reading, my list never ends! Thank you for this list :)
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  38. Inspired me to get reading!! <3
    Chloe xx
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  39. so nice :) lovely blog! :)

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  40. great post :) lovely blog
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  41. I've only read To Kill A Mockingbird, which I liked quite a bit. I may have to check into the other ones you've listed, though! And I definitely know what you mean about the whole "mortified of social interaction" thing. Eeek. That's seriously the most precious that your mom takes your photos for you!! It must be nice to be so close. :)

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  42. OMG...the story PERFUME was a great book. Still like it.

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  43. I've read To Kill A Mockingbird and Perfume. You have me so intrigued about the other titles on your list here especially The Devotion of Suspect X.

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  44. Great books!
    I didn't read them, but watched movies based on few of them and loved them so much!
    I really should read them though.

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  45. Interesting books! such a must reads :)

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  46. Oh I haven't been curled up in a couch or my bed in reading position in a looooong time! I miss it so! Such great book recommendations! I'm going to have to add a few to my Summer reading list!

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  47. Great post ♥♥♥

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  48. Love the pics! So artistic!
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  49. Nice post ,kisses.
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  50. ahhh food for the brain :)
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  51. These are great books, I have read some of them
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  52. Amazing books! thanks for shearing! i'll check them out!

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  53. What a fabulous selection of top reads! I read The Elegance of the Hedgehog last Summer and really enjoyed it too :)

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  55. Lovely photo. I have read #1 but would love yo read #5, sounds like my kind of book. x

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  56. Is it bad to say I've never read any of these books? Like obviously I've heard about the first one but I just never started reading it, it's weird.

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  57. Great book list. I need to get back into reading! Thanks for the motivation...

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  58. Amazing , I love them all!!!

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  59. I have read all by Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
    But I agree such classics
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  60. So many brilliant books. I'll have to work my way through! xx

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  61. I love your blog :) very lovely posts :)

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  62. Adding the Devotion of Suspect X to my to-read list! To Kill a Mockingbird is absolutely incredible :)

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  63. I really love book reviews! I've never actually read To Kill A Mockingbird but have been wanting to for ages!

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  64. I really love some of these novels! I really want to Devotions of Suspect X. I've heard really great things about it! Also, I really love your blog. :)

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  65. Great post!

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  66. I have a reading list the length of my arm for over the summer!
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    1. PERFECT. Enjoy Summer, Nora! Haha x

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  68. Classics! I've heard so much about the perfume! I'd love to read it too! Thanks for sharing! xo Vivian

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  69. This is interesting post,love it!
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  70. I really enjoyed reading the perfume, I think it's a great read and I'm definitely adding some of your other books on my reading list!

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  71. Thanks for sharing this! I'm always on the lookout for some good books to read.

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  72. Wonderful list of books! I've read some but I'll have to check the others out!

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  73. Wonderful list of books! I've read some but I'll have to check the others out!

    xx,
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  74. Lovely list of the books!!! Thanks for sharing sweetie~~ xoxo

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  75. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is definitely a staple to my bookshelf. I always love reading about other people's favorite books. It's hard for me to narrow down my favorite books because my interests are absolutely everywhere.

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  76. Love this post :) I really liked to read the Perfume :)

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  77. I'm really looking forward to Harper Lee's next book! xx

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  78. Thank you for giving me so many options. (:
    I was just looking for some book inspiration and then I found your blog.
    Definitely be coming back. XOXO



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  79. I haven't read the bottom four, but To Kill A Mockingbird will always be one of my favorite books. I read it my freshman year in high school for an assignments, and I think it was the first classic I enjoyed. From then on, I was able to appreciate classic novels so much more. Thanks for sharing. I love a good book.

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  80. I love To Kill A Mockingbird, I have it as one of my coffee table books!

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  81. Thanks for sharing the list!! So many interesting one :)

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  82. Great list! I'll keep this in mind next time I hit B&N!

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  83. nice pics!

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  84. Great picks! I loved Perfume: Story of a Murderer (Is 'loved' the right word?!) it was so dark and I couldn't put it down. I have The Elegance of the Hedgehog but I haven't read it yet, I'll take it away on holiday with me next week!
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  85. Great books selection.
    What i love the most is To Kill a Mockingbird.
    I remember my childhood memories and paper works during high school
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  86. I've not read any of those books, but I'll be sure to check them out! I always love finding a good new book to read.
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  87. I should read more books but I don't have the time! It's faster to watch a movie haha

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  88. We've seen Perfume the movie but had no idea it was based on a book. Ok so we know what we're getting at the bookstore this weekend!

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  89. I really need to continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird! Everyone raves about it x
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  90. You've made some fantastic suggestions here, particularly To Kill a Mockingbird. The accompanying image is so relaxing too! I hope your week is going well so far :)

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  91. Great selection,my favourite authors are F. Scott Fitzgerald,Hemingway,Oscar Wilde and I do love Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. x
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  92. Thanks for sharing! I just got a kindle so i need lots of books to read !
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  93. What an interesting list and some good selections too. I loved Perfume, and read it years ago. I only saw the film later, but the film was enjoyable too. /Madison
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  95. Great post...thanks for sharing!



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  96. Great post...thanks for sharing!



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  97. Love your book selection :)

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  98. Great recommendations! I'd love to read Perfume: The story of a Murderer if I ever find the time!!
    Love the picture btw :)
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