These are my top 5 books listed in chronological order of reading - not in order of preference (only 'cos I couldn't make my mind up!).
1. The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham.
We read this one at school when I was about 12. I loved it and couldn't wait to read the next chapter. I think I've always loved sci-fi.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee.
Another book we read at school. This time I was about 15. I loved how it was written from Scout's childlike perspective and that you had to read between the lines as to what is really going on.
3. Hitchhickers guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
I first read this on the train journey to Paris in 1982 . Genius. Pure genius! Hilarious to boot!
4. Dead Famous - Ben Elton
I read this two summers ago. My best friend gave me the book having said how much she had enjoyed it and that she had thought I would too. She was right! It's a murder mystery with humour set within the Big Brother house (actually in this story it's a TV show competing for ratings against Big Brother that's exactly the same format called 'House Arrest' ) .
5. Buddha Da - Anne Donovan.
I read this one recently and I love how each chapter is from one of three different points of view; The eight year old daughter, the mother and the father. This is written in broad Glaswegian dialect and again is one where you have to read between the lines to know what is really going on.