Today is World Book Day!
What does World Book Day mean to you? For me I always remember dressing up at school in a makeshift outfit and then excitingly going to Waterstones and spending my £1.00 book token. Instilling reading at a young age is so important, I know without this I probably wouldn’t be too fussed about books, however instead I love nothing more than curling up under a fleecy throw and entering the world written on the pages before me.
Today’s post I thought I would pick some of my favourite books that I have read. Now they are favourites for varying reasons, 1. It took me by surprise and I couldn’t put it down, 2. It’s a classic and a classic for a darn good reason or 3. I could happily read it again and again.
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult. Honestly Jodi is hands down my favourite author. The first book I read was The Pact many years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Jodi has released some fantastic books and I have been bowled over by the topics and issues she covers. Picking one is very hard, I should probably do a top 10 just on her books, however most recently her release of Small Great Things is thought provoking, eye-opening and a must read.
The Crow Road – Iain Banks. A book I always recommend and a twist I did not see coming.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky. When I first read this he was practically unknown in the UK and I actually had to get this book when on a trip to America. Fast forward and it is in every book shop and there is even a film version.
To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee. I couldn’t not include this classic. Always ranked in the must read books before you die, if you haven’t read it, read it.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis. Enchanting, magical and a firm childhood favourite. If I were to pick one then of course The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe it would have to be.
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger. A universally loved classic .
Being Lauren – Melanie Rose. Imagine a world where after a storm your life collides with one another and every time you sleep you are transported from your single life to that of Lauren’s who’s is poles apart.
The Flavours of Love – Dorothy Koomson. A murdered husband, a hidden secret and the killer writing letters to the widow. A gripping read.
A Time for Dancing – Davida Wills Hurwin. Another American find I stumbled across in my teen this follows two young friends who enjoy dancing face challenges after one learns she has cancer.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne. Focused on a 9 year old boy named Bruno growing up in World War 2. The ending will have you screaming.
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion. After never having a second date Don, a 39 year-old geneticist, devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner when Rosie enters his life and is ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’. This was recommended to me by someone at work and I was most surprised by how much of a page turner it was.
Wonder – R. J. Palacio. I saw the film first and is hands down one of the best films I have seen. The book is equally as great, broken down into very short chapters and varying perspectives it focus on the life August who was born with a rare facial birth disfigurement and how people react to him and most importantly how kindness prevails.
Have you read any of these? What books would you recommend?
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