As a dedicated bookworm, here are 8 of the books from my 'library' which I'm most protective over. They travel with me to and from university, and they're always being picked up and recommended to others. For me, they're the must-own books for every booklover.
As a fellow booklover, which books would you add or remove from the list?
This is my go-to provider of inspiration and creative wisdom. It's a superb guide to turn to for all sorts of projects, dreams and budding ideas.
If you want to learn from Leo Tolstoy, both in following his wisdom and avoiding his (many) mistakes, you simply must have this book. It's full of philosophy and brilliant quotes to help you get through the day and improve your wider life.
This one is self-explanatory, really. I haven't read all of Shakespeare's work, but I'm certainly planning on it. One of my favourite aspects of doing an English degree is all the exposure to Shakespeare, but I'm looking forward to some exploration of my own too.
This is a bible for writers, and I love the illustrated edition by Penguin.
Stephen King must be one of the most respected writers of our time. As readers (and perhaps writers) we're so lucky to have this book of literary guidance from the man himself.
When I'm on a roll with my writing and work, I think about Sherlock Holmes's brilliant deductions. Everything is going smoothly and I'm feeling so productive. The next day, when I'm too burnt out to do anything but watch Prison Break, I think of Holmes's days spent in his armchair (and then remind myself about mania and how I really must prevent it).
For me, there's a lot to learn from Holmes and Watson. And, of course, it's also one of the best collections in fiction.
I think we should all have a great poetry anthology to console us on dreary days and help us remember the good times. The Penguin Poems for Life is one of my favourites, but I also like The 20th Century in Poetry by Ebury Press.
I received this anthology of quotations a few years ago for Christmas from my grandmother, and I've mentioned it several times on the blog. There's something magical about having so much wisdom, humour and inspiration in one book.