A Few of My Favourite Fictions

My Fave Five Fiction and Why

So, I know the burning question on your lips from last week’s blog, is “Did ‘The Language of Flowers’ make it on to my top five favourite works of fiction list?”

Well, here’s the list…

  1. The Red Tent – without doubt my number one favourite book of all time. The first page was unlike anything I had ever read before and I fell in love with Dinah and the rest of the novel didn’t disappoint. Anita Diamant took an exceptionally well-known part of history and gave it a voice it had never had before – female, and a relatively unknown female figure at that. This is a vivid, fascinating tale that I just loved.
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – when I first started reading this, I thought, “oh no, a book written entirely in letters – this is going to suck.” But I loved it! I loved that Mary Ann Shaffer explored a part of WWII history I knew nothing about, without it being a ‘war’ story. I loved the characters, the plot, and…I loved the letters. And the title – 🙂
  3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – a work of women’s fiction where the characters weren’t in their twenties/thirties fumbling through life looking for Mr/Mrs Right. I loved that Major Pettigrew and Mrs Ali are both in their ‘twilight’ and that their relationship explores the whole inter-racial issue without hitting you over the head. Helen Simonson’s characterisation of Ernest Pettigrew and his village of Edgecombe St Mary is a shear delight.
  4. Persuasion – I suppose any Jane Austen novel could fit in here, as Austen was the first non-fantasy author I enjoyed (see number 5), but we’ll go with Persuasion as I just loved Anne. Austen was the beginning of my love of women’s fiction.
  5. Pawn of Prophecy – this work of fantasy doesn’t appear to fit in with the above novels, I know, but it has to be on this list. As a child I hated reading. I know it’s sacrilege for a writer to admit such a thing, but it’s true. When I was about 16, though, my father, an avid reader, handed me his copy of Pawn of Prophecy, and said, “Why not just try this?” And I was hooked!! Why hadn’t anyone told me before that novels could transport you to another world? David Eddings opened my eyes to the power of storytelling, and for that reason he belongs here. I went on to read Feist and Goodkind and Douglass and loved every word. But, I eventually tired of the fantasy genre, and that’s when my year 12 English teacher, Mrs Austen introduced me to Miss Austen (poetic right?)…and the rest is history.

Of course there are so many other novels I’ve read and LOVED over the years, but I did limit myself to five. If we were going to six, Maeve Binchy would feature, but we have to stop somewhere, right? And as I’m typing a whole bunch of other novels are coming to mind, so I’d better stop now.

And you? What are your top five novels? Yes, only five. No more.

S 🙂

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22 thoughts on “A Few of My Favourite Fictions

  1. writerwithdogs

    I am more of a non-fiction reader but came across a charming book at the thrift store I loved. Of course, the title Night Gardening drew me in. If there is a garden or a dog on the cover, I have to take a look. Written by E.L. Swann (pen name – actually she is Kathryn Lasky a children’s author) it is a lovely story and I’ll steel the description from Amazon: When Maggie, recovering from a life-threatening illness, meets Tristan, a handsome landscape architect, her diminished spirit is rekindled. As he restores her fading garden, their relationship blooms into an intensely exciting romance neither one had ever dared to imagine. The characters are older, the book is short but lyrical.

  2. paulinewiles

    I really enjoyed the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – it’s been a few years so I might re-read it soon. Persuasion isn’t my top favourite Jane Austen novel, but I did find a couple of its characters especially amusing.

  3. Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie

    Oh, yes! I love your top five. I remember being completely blown away by Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent when I read it back in 2001-2003 (what year did I read that?) I hosted a book club at my house and that was the title we all read and everyone raved about the book. Strange thing, we had just painted our kitchen red (sounds crazy, but it was really pretty) and everyone was teasing me that I’d gone overboard for the book club by painting a room in the theme of the book discussion.

    Thanks so much for hopping along on the Hump Day Blog Hop. It’s a great way to promote your own blog post and reach a wider audience of readers. I love the last Wednesday of the month because the blog hop gives me a chance to read great posts, learn about other blogs and other writers, and network with others. I find that if I don’t set aside dedicated time to do something like this, it doesn’t always get done in this crazy social media world – it’s important to visit other people’s blogs and say hello. Such an honor to be on your blog today, Sandie, and to read about your favorite books.


    1. sandiedocker Post author

      Thanks Julie, glad to be hopping along 🙂 Red kitchen, huh? That’s dedication, hahaha. Everyone I’ve recommended Red Tent to has loved it. One of those really special books.

  4. krystal jane

    Hmm, top five! I should do a top 5! I’ve done a top most influential to my writing, but I’ve never done a top five favorite! I think how you got into reading is awesome. I wish I could remember the first book I feel in love with.

  5. Patricia Mann

    What a great post! I loved the Red Tent and now I have four new books to check out. Thanks! It’s hard to narrow down my favorite fiction to the top 5, but the ones that come to mind first are: The Mists of Avalon, Outlander, The Poisonwood Bible, The Secret Life of Bees, and Pope Joan.

  6. lahowlett

    I read quite a bit of fiction for my work (narration) but I’m also a big non-fiction reader, too. Pride and Prejudice would make my fiction list along with Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I hate to admit that when I think of my top five (which is very difficult to do), I tend to think of classics when there has been plenty of contemporary fiction that I’ve liked. Joe Coomer’s One Vacant Chair comes to mind but I’ll have to give this one some thought. 🙂

  7. Ann@BooksontheTable

    Top five! That is very hard to do. Even top 10 would be hard. I’ll have to think about it. I love all your choices — except Pawn of Prophecy, which I’ve never read. I liked fantasy as a child, but I haven’t read it since I was a teenager. Maybe I should try again!

    1. sandiedocker Post author

      Thanks Ann. I haven’t read fantasy in a long time, but it will always have a soft spot in my heart. Top five IS hard. After I put up the post, other titles kept yelling at me – Circle of Friends, The Vanishing Act of Esmae Watson, I Capture the Castle, People of the Book…..

  8. Pooch Smooches

    I agree, those first 4 picks are great! (I confess I never heard of the last one.) I should re-read TGL&PPPS, it’s been so long since I read it. Gosh… top 5… so hard. Off the top of my head I’d say: Atonement, The Poisonwood Bible, Lonesome Dove, Jane Eyre, and A Christmas Carol. (But ask me on another day and I might come up with a different 5…)

    1. sandiedocker Post author

      Thanks Jackie, I keep thinking of others I should have mentioned. But that just means there are so many books out there that touch us, which is great. Like your list as it stands. And I’m sure I’d like it tomorrow when it changes 🙂

  9. DonnaK

    Hello! Top 5! That is a trick for me. I am a mostly non-fiction reader for the past several years. However, your question makes me know that I need to give this deep thought. Terrific personal insight on “Pawn of Prophecy.” Your dad…a genius!

    1. sandiedocker Post author

      Thanks Donna, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction myself (ok – any, unless book club makes me!). As for my dad being a genius, I’m sure he would agree with you 🙂 He’s probably having a good ol’ smirk to himself from ‘up above’ about your comment.

  10. Elke Feuer

    Although Persuasion is not my favorite Jane Austin book, I did enjoy it as well as Major Pettygrew’s Last Stand.

    The Red Tent sounds interesting. I’ve added it to my reading list. Thanks for the tip, Sandie!

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