Some of my favorite books

“We are condemned to think with words, to feel with words, if we want at least others to feel with us. But words are stones.”

Vergílio Ferreira

Throughout my life, I’ve read many books, great ones, good ones and a couple of pages of bad ones too. Not as many as I would like, though – I’m a slow reader and often find myself staring at a beautiful sentence or lost in thought with the book open in my lap.

Every person has a different relationship with books, and even for each one that changes with the mood. But some books are constants. Here is my list. The top one is immutable, the rest fluctuates a bit…

  1. O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo, José Saramago
  2. Cosmos, Carl Sagan
  3. Aparição, Virgílio Ferreira
  4. The Foulcault Pendulum, Umberto Eco
  5. Memorial do Convento, José Saramago
  6. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  7. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway
  8. Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
  9. As Três Vidas, João Tordo
  10. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
  11. Contact, Carl Sagan
  12. Solar, Ian McEwan
  13. Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, José Saramago
  14. Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  15. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joel Dicker
  16. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
  17. The Cuckoo’s Calling, J. K. Rowling
  18. Millennium series, Stieg Larsson
  19. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet
  20. Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews
  21. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  22. Killing Eve, Luke Jennings
  23. The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
  24. Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  25. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. A Rainha Ginga, José Eduardo Agualusa
  27. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  28. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
  30. …saving this space for the next book that blows my mind 😉

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