I am a huge book worm. When people learn my obsession with reading, I am always asked "What are your favourite books?" or "What books can you recommend?" and I often struggle to answer because there are so many!
I love reading blog posts about people's favourite books so I have put together my own list of favourites to share with you. Hopefully you will find your next book for your reading wish list!
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is possibly my all-time favourite book ever. I think I've read it 10 times now and I always find something new in it every time I re-read it. The Time Traveller's Wife is a story about the relationship between Clare and Henry. When Henry first meets Clare, he has no idea who she is but she has known him since she was a child and freaks him out by telling him all about how his life with Clare begins. Or will begin. How is this possible? Well, Henry is a time traveller and travels back in time to significant memories of his life.
It is such a beautiful book that shows the true hardships of being in a relationship. It's certainly no fairytale and Clare and Henry are often left feeling upset because of him disappearing. Although it's obviously fiction, you can relate a lot of the feelings to your own life which is quite emotional as a reader.
There are so many aspects to this novel, I could talk about it all day, but if you're after a romance meets sci-fi that will make you both laugh and cry, this one is for you. And don't bother with the film... it's awful!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I had to read this book as part of my Literature degree and I'm glad that I did as the series became one of my favourites! The Knife of Never Letting Go is set in a world where there are no surviving women after being killed off by the 'germ' (there was also an alien race on the planet that has been wiped out by the same thing I think - it's been while since I read it) and everyone can hear each others thoughts. Sounds terrifying, right? After Todd, our protagonist and the last remaining boy of Prentisstown, is forced to leave the town without justification by his parents, he stumbles across a girl and a spaceship crash site. And it all gets a bit weird from there...
This book is very fast paced. Todd is confused about everything as he is suddenly realising the world he grew up in was a huge lie and is forced to runaway from the crazy Mayor who now wants him dead. I think I read somewhere that Ness used the idea of social media being so public for the 'noise' thoughts that the characters can hear. It's such an imaginative book and the trilogy is fantastic!
One Day by David Nicholls
This one is a bit more soppy than my usual choice of book but I love it nonetheless. One Day is written in such a unique style - the whole book is the same day, 15th July, each year for twenty years and follows Emma and Dexter, and how their lives pan out, after their graduation hook-up.
I love this book mainly because I think we all know a Dexter. He is the type of guy who is so annoying but you can't help but love. I think I really loved the fact that this book is quite accurate to real life and how relationships can end badly and the fact that there will be many regrets in life. It's a book I think a lot of us Brits can relate to. the book has a comical tone throughout and it is quite lighthearted, although there are times when it gets sad but isn't that life? And this is a book about the lives of everyday people. Plus the film for this one is much better and I would say give it a watch.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I wasn't expecting much from The Lovely Bones as it didn't sound like the kind of book I'd enjoy however it took me by surprise and is now one of my favourites! The book tells the story of Susie Salmon and how her family copes with her death. Yep, Susie is killed in the first chapter of the book and she tells the story from her own version of Heaven. To me, the book sounded like some kind of religious/spiritual book and that put me off however it is not like that at all. It concentrates on life after death, and how life is affected by the death of a loved one. People do weird things in times of sadness, and this book covers all of that. Susie's family are so lovely you want them all to be happy and find the killer!
It's a book full of twists and turns, and it make you appreciate the family you have around you. Worth a read if you can guarantee to force yourself not to cry every chapter haha!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini
I am a huge fan of all of Housseini's fiction work. I love that he writes about things he saw in his own childhood growing up in Afghanistan, adding them with fictional aspects, to create an image of a world most of us know nothing about. A Thousand Splendid Suns was one of those books you cannot put down. It gave me goosebumps and I felt so engrossed in the storyline I had to know what was happening next.
The book focuses on the interweaving stories of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila. These women are forced into marriages against their will and the story follows how their relationship develops. It's a story of women coming together in a time and place where this is almost impossible and, despite the odds, they manage to support each other throughout the hard times. There are parts where I cried and cried, both from sadness and happiness. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot as it's so fantastically written but I recommend his book highly!
These are just a few of my favourites, what are yours? Have you read any of these?