1. 3 books that were important to you at the age of 10
2. 3 books that you've read in the past year that you'd recommend
3. 3 books that you turn to for comfort
4. Book you've read the most times
5. Best nonfiction book read this year
6. 3 books that were important to you at the age of 16
1 Caravan Creek, by Gladys Mitchell; Not scarlet but gold, by Malcolm Saville; The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff
2 The suspicions of Mr Whicher, by Kate Summerscale; The road, by Cormac McCarthy: U is for Undertow; by Sue Grafton
3 The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy L. Sayers; Right ho, Jeeves!, by P.G. Wodehouse; The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien *
4. The Nine Tailors (as above) - just a nose in front of all the other Lord Peter Wimsey novels.
5. Chambers science factfinder / Nature's building blocks; a A-Z guide to the elements, by John Emsley (dead heat) **
6. We speak no treason, by Rosemary Hawley Jarman; The life and cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury ***, by Tom Tullett; Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy.
* The great explosion in Tolkien fandom came when I was in my mid-teens and I was determined not to read what everyone else was reading. I read it for the first time just after my Finals in 1979!
** Both reference books, but I have read them, honestly. I'm a quizzer, what do you expect ?
*** After reading this, and seeing Marius Goring in The expert on television (CSI for the early 1970's), I was desperate to be a forensic scientis - until the school careers master pointed out that this would need a science degree for whcih my shaky grasp of the principles of maths and physics would disqualify me.