the ONE book…

Back in February 2018, I asked our Twitter/Instagram/Facebook followers to answer this question: If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? No explanation necessary, just the title and author.

At the time, I was looking for some new books, perhaps books that I would not normally pick up. I am so happy that I did as I found many new authors, plus the new worlds that they write about. With most of us self-distancing, and Canadian Netflix having so many less titles than our US counterparts, I thought this was a good time to revisit the idea!

I hope you find a new favourite author or book, and happily, this is all hypothetical as we will never have just one book to read. ( I did see a tweet today that I thought appropriate, something along the lines of- what is the worst thing about books, answer; that I will never be able to read them all). Enjoy!

The Princess Bride William Goldman

The Shroud of the Thwacker Chris Elliot

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Sugar Mouse Cake Gene Zion

Secret Daughter Silpi Somaya Gowda

Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer

Still Alice Lisa Genova

The Book of Negroes Lawrence Hill

The Power of One Bryce Courtenay

The Fairy Tales of Herman Hessse Herman Hesse

Ready Player One Ernest Cline

The Martian Andy Weir

Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens

Educated Tara Westover

The Flying Troutmans Miriam Toews

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley

Portrait of a Young Forger Marian Pretzel

Peter Cook: A Biography Harry Thompson

Outlander (series)  Diana Gabaldon

Youngblood Hawke Herman Wouk

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ahed 13 1/2 Sue Townsend

All the Light We Cannot See  Anthony Doerr

The Essential Ellison Harlan Ellison

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  Douglas Adams

The Gospel According to Biff, Jesus’ Childhood Pal   Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job Christopher Moore

Girlfriend in a Coma  Douglas Coupland

A Prayer for Owen Meany  John Irving

October 1964  David Halberstam

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  Steven Covey

Harry Potter series  JK Rowling

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  John Berendt

Malazan Book of the Fallen series Steven Erikson

A Confederacy of Dunces  John Kennedy Toole

Big Little Lies  Lianne Moriarty

Pilgrim Timothy Findley

A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

Foucoult’s Pendulum  Unberto Eco

The Great Gatsby  F Scott Fitzgerald

Jitterbug Perfume  Tom Robbins

Death on the Installment Plan Louis Ferdinand Celine

Journey to the End of the Night  Louis Ferdinand Celine

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Night Circus  Erin Morgenstern

Amnesia Moon Jonathan Lethem

The Cellist of Sarajevo  Steven Galloway

Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey

Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein

Musashi  Eiji Yoshikawa

Never Let Me Go  Kazuo Ishiguro

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

Fifth Business Robertson Davies

Winter’s Tale  Mark Helprin

Paris in the Present Tense  Mark Helprin

A Gentleman in Moscow  Amor Towles

The Gargoyle  Andrew Davidson

Neuromancer  William Gibson

Keeper’n Me  Richard Wagamese

Terry Pratchett series

It   Stephen King

The Talisman  Stephen King

Franny and Zooey  JD Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger

American Tabloid James Ellroy

A Wrinkle in Time Alistair McLeod

No Great Mischief Alistair McLeod

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Notes from the Underground  Fyodor Dostoevsky

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

We Yevgeny Zamyatin

Pillars of the Earth  Ken Follett

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S Thompson

The Ocean at the End of the Lane  Neil Gaiman

Good Omens Neil Gaiman

To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Don’t Care High Gordon Korman

Dune  Frank Herbert

David Copperfield   Charles Dickens

Death on the Ice  Cassie Brown

Tuesdays with Morrie  Mitch Albom

Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand

Anne of Green Gables  Lucy Maud Montgomery

Illusions Richard Bach

Eathersea Quartet  Ursula K LeGuin

The Turner Diaries William Turner Pierce

1984  George Orwell

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  Ken Kesey

First Man in Rome Colleen McCullough

Life of Pi  Yann Martel

The Great Railway Bazaar  Paul Theroux

The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

The Graduate Charles Webb

East of Eden John Steinbeck

One Man’s Wilderness Richard Proenneke

Skateboard Four  Eve Bunting

The Devil in the White City  Erik Larson

White Teeth  Zadie Smith

Shantaram Gregory David Roberts

Ahab’s Wife  Sena Jeter Naslund

Stargazer Sena Jeter Naslund

Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut

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