Hello my loves,
I constantly update my favourites and find new books for the list...
These are my current top five, but first a few honourable mentions that have been favourites....
Harry Potter Series
Bridget Jones' Diary
Conversations with a fat girl
The Bitch Goddess Notebook
Notes on a Scandal
How to Make a Woman
Interview With a Vampire Series
Darren Shan's Demonata and Vampire Series
Girls in Love Series
Lord of the Rings
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Last Day Of a Condemned Man
This book was written as a moral tale by Victor Hugo against the use of capital punishment.
It tells the tale of a man who has committed a crime (but never states what crime) going through the system towards the executioner. The way the main character talks about his actions, life and the consequences compelled me to continue reading until the last page.
The part that particularly gets to me is when he reads names on the wall of his cell, later realising that some of the names are infamous murderers and villains, and is horrified by who inhabited there before him and being in that similar league.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy is a bizarre tale of Arthur Dent, beginning with the destruction of his house to make way for a bypass, followed shortly by the destruction of the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass. It's a fun sci-fi adventure that seems chaotic and strange but is strangely addictive, which lead to me finishing the triology of five parts in 7 days on holiday. I listened to the story as an audiobook when I was little and the film adaptation is one of my favourites also.
My personal favourite character is Marvin the Paranoid Android - astonishingly clever yet wonderfully cynical and pessimistic.
Five People You Meet in Heaven
This is the tale of Eddie the Maintenance guy at an old american funfair on a pier. His death leads him to meet 5 people whom either he affected or had an effect on him. He learns about his life and theirs, opening up conversations and bringing out wonderful and tragic stories.
It made me consider life after death differently and made me feel involved in each of the stories.
I have recommended this book so many times to so many people.
Rivers of London
Rivers of London is the story of Peter Grant, a young police officer at the end of his probationary period, that sees a ghost on a crime scene. The ghost turns out to be the only witness to a brutal murder. His ghoulish witness' statement leads him on a series of crimes, resulting in him joining a secretive department solving supernatural crimes using magic. The story has been described as a 'Harry Potter that grew up and joined the police' which isn't really far from the truth. The sudden discovery of the supernatural events by a young person, incredibly unsure/unhappy about where they are going in life when we join their story, finding the path that suits them whilst finding out what they are capable of.
I love both stories, but I particularly enjoyed the aspect of Peter learning magic- it doesn't come as naturally as it does in HP and the constant mishaps when doing the basic magic makes for great light-hearted moments in the story.
It is much darker that the HP stories and a little more violent, but just as pleasing. I would definitely recommend these books for any HP fan.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
This Book opened my eyes to how different people view the world. The protagonist, Budo, is an imaginary friend that has been around for almost 6 years and is terrified of becoming obsolete to his human friend, being forgotten and disappearing. He is a well-imagined friend that has lasted much longer than almost any other.
Max, the child that imagines him, is on the spectrum for Asperger's and struggles to communicate with the people around him. Budo's fear of disappearing gets called into question when something terrible happens to Max, with Budo as the only witness.
This book discusses the temptation to not do the right thing, whilst also learning to be brave and the disappearance of one person can affect many others.
That's all for tonight, I hope you feel inspired to give any of these a read.
Have a lovely week, Darlings. xx