“This book will do you harm beyond description unless you do as I’m asking you to.” -- Jakabok Botch
This book had me literally fearing for my life and sanity. Throughout this book Jakabok, the main character, keeps saying that if you keep reading you’ll suffer the consequences of your decision. It’s very horrific and entertaining at the same time. It’s basically about this demon who tells his disturbing story and why he’s addressing you; the reader. Clive Barker’s creativity is phenomenal. What can I say, when I read something I obviously give it enough attention for it to become my reality at the time of reading.
9 Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
This was a very confusing read but exceptionally entertaining. Marquez’s style is vibrantly prominent throughout the book. There’s also a great deal of imagery in the story that implies that the story bears a resemblance to real life. It’s a fictional story about Jose Arcadio Buendía and his wife who set out to look for a new town to live in only to found his own utopic town, or so he thinks. It also tells the story of seven generations of the Buendía family and the misfortunes and unusual events they keep encountering.
8 Wilkie Collins’ The woman in White
The use of multiple narration is spot on. This book tells the story of a young art teacher and his love interest and how they manage to get together and solve a disquieting problem. It’s a work of fiction, a classic and one of my all-time favorites. I read this when I was in college. I even remember being asked by this girl why I was reading it even though it wasn’t assigned to me by any of my instructors. And need I say that it was an infuriating question?
7 Sidney Sheldon’s The Stars Shine Down
Most of the works of Sheldon that I’ve read are some of my favorites but I had to pick! This book tells the story of the fictional character Lara Cameron. She struggles in a male-dominated world but is determined to make it big. She does but she has to do things that she dreads first, and later gets the nickname “Iron Butterfly.” She then marries a renowned pianist and lives happily with him until one day she encounters a problem that might cause her to lose everything she’s ever achieved.
6 Sidney Sheldon’s Tell me your dreams
This was the book that made me love reading again. A high-school classmate (my best friend at the time) had been reading it and then she let me borrow it. That’s when I was first introduced to Sheldon’s work. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the book as I don’t own a copy.
This novel is about a woman who is both an introvert and a workaholic. Strange things happen to her. It is then revealed that she is hiding a secret about her past and because of it she hurts people with the help of another character. She gets help at the end and is pronounced cured and is given her life back. The ending has an expected twist as it is revealed in earlier sections of the book.
5 Stephen King’s 11/22/63
This novel is about a fictional high school English teacher who goes back in time to try and prevent the Kennedy assassination. He’s then faced with the consequences of his actions as changing the past also changes the future. At the end, he makes great sacrifices to save the world.
4 Stephen King’s Rose Madder
This is a story about a reserved woman called Rose who is constantly beaten and abused by her husband. She eventually builds up the courage to leave him, but knows that he will find her as he’s a policeman and good at finding people. She finds people who help her get a job and an apartment and she makes new friends. One day she trades her engagement ring for a painting after finding out it was worthless. This painting turns out to be a gateway to another dimension. It is what saves her from her murderous husband.
3 Richard Dawkins’ The greatest show on earth
Dawkins is another favorite of mine. His use of simple language makes it easy for anyone to read his books. This non-fiction book basically provides proof of evolution. He explains what a theory is and gives living examples of evolution as well as others. He also discusses how evidence is found. It’s a very informative book to say the least.
2 Stephen King’s Gerald’s game
I read this book a couple of years ago to keep myself from obsessing over some bad incidents that had taken place. It’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read, and being the horror chick that I am I couldn’t put it down. This fictional story revolves around Jessie’s struggle to get out of the handcuffs in which her husband had put her for his sexual gratification before he had a heart attack. She sees and hears things during the process that may or may not be real. What happens at the end made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
1 Derren Brown’s Tricks of the mind
The title is self-explanatory of this non-fiction number. Brown shares some of his tricks and places emphasis on the psychology of delusion. He also shows how you can lead and read people by being intimidating and confident in your skills. Derren presents real life evidence that debunks alternative medicine and the paranormal. This book also reveals that Derren isn’t as scary as people think he is. He’s down-to-earth, witty and probably reserved. Or maybe it's just an act..