Fiction Choices to Tickle your Fancy

Fiction Choices to Tickle your Fancy

I wondered how to to structure this post regarding fiction choices.

Many of you have used a theme so I thought I’d try a similar thing by splitting mine into life segments. Picking 4 choices for each.

I should mention I’ve read so many books over the years. Some I would like to include here among my fiction choices but I simply can not remember who wrote them. I think that has a little to do with my dyslexia. I have a vivid image of the stories in my head but not the title.

Anyway, we have to live with the ways things are not the way we’d like them to be. With that in mind why not check out some of these suggestions.

When I first started reading adult literature as a teen I was very taken with my brothers Playboy magazines! Seriously, they were intelligently written compared to other men’s mags. Not to mention I learned so much about life from them… The header shot is taken from this issue, which I found lurking in my brother in law’s bookcase!

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– Teen fiction choices

Endless Love by Scott Spencer.

I think this book is a modern classic. Forget the movie. I read this when I was fifteen and it had a profound effect on me. The love, the obsession the period sex… Wow. I have read this numerous times and bought it for my girls before they were really old enough to understand it. I sometimes forget that I’ve never been a child 😉

Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I first read this book pre teen, but to be adored – as it should  – I think the reader should be at least sixteen. This book has everything, romance, mystery, tragedy and excellent characterisation. Written beautifully in the first person. This makes it a very intense read. The main character shares her thoughts and feelings in great detail along her journey from orphan to wife of Mr Rochester.

Edgar Allan Poe

Anything this man wrote thrilled me as a teen. He is master of the short tale painting such vivid pictures. I often return to this writing when looking for inspiration for my own work.

– In my Twenties

Birdy by William Wharton & Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I have already dedicated a post to both these books as they are two of my favourite reads ever. You can read what I said here.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

This is the second book in the vampire chronicles series and in my opinion by far the best. Read the first but I wouldn’t recommend going past the third. This book covers 200 years of Lestat’s life and once immersed I could hardly put it down.

– In my Thirties

Year of wonders by Geraldine Brooks

I was involved in a book club who decided this was the book we should all read back in 2001/2

I was not best pleased as it is a tale, with a factual backdrop, about a village who had to deal with the plague. However, I became totally involved in the story and was pleased that by being part of the club I’d got to read something I probably wouldn’t have looked at in normal circumstance.

1984 by George Orwell

What can I say about this dystopian novel?  I think everyone should read it. In a nut shell the story is about how the government controls thought by controlling language. This book is more relevant than ever in today’s society,

Another reason I am keen on Orwell is he provides six rules for writers:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

I try and follow these  when writing fiction..

The Virgin and the Gypsy by DH Lawrence

The way DH Lawrence writes simply thrills me. When I am reading any of his books I feel as if I am being stroked and soothed by the flow of words as I read. The Virgin and the Gypsy is my favourite novel of his. It is quite short and filled with anticipation. The title tells you all you need to know.

– In my Forties

The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson.

Oh my. This novel was such a challenging read. I don’t think it is particularly well written but the concepts it imagines fascinated me so I persevered. The book is a science fiction horror story about parasites that invade a person’s mind, feeding on our collective life force. Not for the faint hearted,

James M Cain

I think this author has influenced my way of writing quite a bit. I love his no nonsense style. His books are plot driven with great characterisation. I recommend any of his novels.

Madam Bouvrey by Gustave Flauber

This is an extraordinary book. First published in 1856 it is still read and studied today. We are given a flawed heroine who will stop at nothing to pursue her dream. Read it if you dare and make sure you pick up a good translation.

My Work

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You can read a lot of my fiction on this blog.

I also have a short novel – The Curse – available on Kindle UK and Kindle US.



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19 thoughts on “Fiction Choices to Tickle your Fancy

  1. Great choices here, and I love those rules by Orwell! I never came across those before. All this book talk is making me look into a subscription for audio books, as that will be the best way for me to ‘read’.

    Rebel xox

  2. What a great selection of reading and there are some things here I will have to add to my list. I love the Orwell list – definitely worth noting and thinking about ?

  3. Great piece May, it’s fascinating to discover some formative books in your background. I have never read 1984 but I know I should, I want to read Woman in White too. Have you read The Turn of the Screw – Henry James? It’s very subtle and atmospheric. I will admit I didn’t enjoy Jayne Eyre – I wont dispute how well written it was, but the subject matter was so heavy – her all pervasive feeling of little worth I found hard to handle.

    Thanks for sharing, I shall be adding a few of your recommends to my TBR pile x

    1. I understand why Jane Eyre was not your scene. I read it very young and i think that is why it worked for the strange thing I was. But yes read Woman in White – it is a fantastic mystery and worth the effort xx

  4. Poe is standard classroom reading in the U.S., typically for grades 7-10 (age 12 thru 16), and he’s both the grandfather of gothic and the inventor of the detective story. I’m not at all surprised you found his short stories fascinating as a teenager. They are the stuff nightmares are made of, and what makes them so memorable is that his characters are so possible.

  5. I read so many books that I forget them almost as soon as I finish them. For a while I used to write brief reviews to keep track of them all and I posted them on the web. I developed quite a following and people would choose books based on my recommendation. However that platform was discontinued in the late 90’s and I stopped doing that. Still in an average year I’ll read 50-60 novels. In a good year I may get closer to 100.
    Btw, I really dislike 1984. lol. I’ve actually read it 2-3 times because I had to and it never got any better! lol
    Some of my favourite authors include Leon Uris, James Clavell, Herman Wouk, JRR Tolkien, Tom Clancy and Jeffrey Deaver. I do tend to read mostly fiction and like a book with substance. Stay well!

        1. Fiction closes next tuesday -then i have non-fiction, followed by children’s and then catch up week – for any of the previous plus poetry – have a think x

          1. hi Michael – that is closed this week- but i can link it in a few weeks as the last week is about fiction or poetry or anything that has been missed, so your post would go perfectly. So pleased you joining in 😉

          2. it shut at mid day – and i am not able to re -open -i will check that in case they have changed their rules – but if not i will add your url into that post by the link up with the other fiction choices – and then link it to the linky tool in a few weeks as well. I will tweet it too

  6. I don’t tend to remember titles, let alone author names either! That’s why I update my Goodreads all the time to keep track and so that I can find back books I have read.

    I love how you read your brothers Playboy magazines! I completely forgot those existed. They always seemed so removed from reality because I have only seen them on older television shows.

    I’m intrigued by Endless Love. I might add it to my to read list. I like Edgar Allan Poe too, but hate Jayne Eyre, haha. I have 1984 on my bookshelf, yet to be read. I feel like I’d like to wait reading this one until this crisis is over though.

    1. Yes – playboy – you know i think i will send u some of the clips from the one i have so u can see what i mean. I think u should read Endless Love though – It is difficult to get a copy. but try. – and so many hate Jane Eyre lol xx

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