Reading is one of my favourite passing-time (yes, is that an expression?) things to do. Granted I haven’t read much all of the last two years but my last year of high school I read about a book a week and I’ve really started to get back into it now. I love fiction books especially, although I’ve started dipping my toe in the world of non-fiction as well (a post about my favourite non-fiction books will come too, but for now let’s stay with fiction). I love just setting my alarm, turning wi-fi completely off and not looking at my phone for the rest of the evening. This normally happens around an hour before I go to sleep so that gives me plenty of time to just wind down and read.
Obviously throughout the years I’ve read some of my favourite books to date. Isn’t it funny that whilst you’re reading you don’t know you’re actually reading your favourite book (except if you are reading it for the second time). I’ve put together 5 of my all time favourite books. Books I would read again in a heartbeat. I do have some more favourite books that I want to talk about, but that’s for another post.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Probably most of you reading this at least know this book, maybe you’ve even read it. But if you haven’t, please do! It’s the first book by John Green that I ever read and it’s made me immediately want to read all his other ones too, so I asked my mum for two of his other books and I ~devoured~ them (can you devour a book? I did anyway), but this one stuck with me the most.
It’s about a girl who has cancer and meets this boy who she can spend her last time on earth with – sounds very tragic. Yet it’s so beautifully written, it gripped me from beginning to end, I literally didn’t want to put it down. It even made me almost cry at school where I was reading it (note: don’t read this book in public spaces).
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs and the rocky horror picture show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
To be honest, I couldn’t have described the book better than they did. It’s written like a diary from the perspective of Charlie and I can safely say that this is my all-time favourite book, ever. What I found so fascinating about this book is that it touches upon so many different issues, such as drugs, cheating, toxic friendships, victims of rape/sexualisation, and many more. But it does so in such a light and airy way (to some extent), because Charlie just doesn’t know what is happening so it’s like you are seeing the world and all it’s monstrosities from a kid’s point of view. Making the whole book very easy to digest but at the same time giving you so much to think about.
Since writing this I have started reading the book again because, like I said, it’s my favourite and it fascinates me how so many topics can be covered without you having to put down the book because it becomes too much or anything. Yet at the end of the book there is so much to keep thinking about. That’s the magic.
Twelve-year-old Hans Thomas and his father are on a journey to Greece in search of the boy’s mother when a series of unusual incidents occurs: a dwarf gives Hans Thomas a magnifying glass; a baker gives him a bun containing a miniature book that tells the story of a sailor shipwrecked on a desert island; a pack of playing cards seem to have a life of their own; and what of the Joker who looks too deeply and too much?
This may sound like a children’s book, and I think it is, but so what really? Children’s books can be great for adults too and this one definitely is! It’s the story of a child discovering a secret story of all these strange creatures and he’s the only who knows it. The book takes you with him on his journey to discovering how the story will unfold and I love that. I love a story within a story if it’s written well because it’s double the excitement.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Set in the second world war this is one of the most impressive books about that time that I’ve read – and I’ve read a fair few. It’s set a little while after the war has finished when a journalist goes looking for the story of Sarah. I’m not going to tell you anymore on the story itself because you’ll just have to read it. Let me just tell you that it makes you think about the horrible things some people had to go through during that time, and makes you appreciate that we are not going through that now in the West (unfortunately there are still people experiencing such horrible things today).
It’s again, a story within a story and it’s amazing how the writer brings you on the journalist’s journey on finding out what had happened to Sarah.
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery
Hugo is a great story about an orphan boy living in a clock trying to make it through life by stealing. Not only is the story great, the main reason why this book is so special is because of the drawings in the book. The book itself is more drawings than words (mainly also the reason why I could finish a 500+ page book in 3 days). If you like beautiful imagery and a lovely story then you must get this.
It’s set at the beginning of the 20th century and there’s a reference to George Meliès which, I think, makes it all extra special because it talks about the very first movie ever made. The book has also been adapted to film which is also a great watch.