As October ends and November starts, it signals the beginning of the colder and darker nights. In my eyes, this means one thing; nights in curled up with the hound in a snuggly blanket, drinking hot chocolate and reading books. I’ve loved books for as long as I could remember. I love the world they open up and how I could just escape into a different world. It’d take me away from a reality. One minute I’d be at Hogwarts and the next I would be loving life on a beach with some girl and her pals.
I did my degree in English Literature which you’d think for a book worm is a dream come true. Your degree is reading. Except, sometimes, you don’t read the books you want. Whilst at University, I barely ever read for pleasure. There was always a purpose to me reading a book and just because I wanted too. Since graduating 3 years ago (WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!) i’ve been trying to read more and more and reignite my love affair with reading.
i’m into all sorts of books. I’ve always held a special place for World War II literature and to be honest, I don’t know why. I love World War II and find the whole thing completely fascinating. But, I also love a chick flick as much as any girl. I know people groan and think they are crap but when you invested a week straight into A Song of Ice and Fire and have to wait 3 years for the next book, you need something light and happy! I’ve decided to put together my top 5 books of all time:
My dissertation tutor introduced me to this and I fell in love with it. It’s one of my favourite books in the world and the one I recommend that everyone should read. It’s set in World War II Germany and tells the story of, Liesel, through the perspective of Death. It’s a chilling, it’s a little heartbreaking but utterly beautiful in how it’s told. I did watch the film last year but to be honest, don’t bother because it doesn’t compare one little bit. If you’re gonna read any book this year, make it this one.
If you loved Gone Girl then this is right up your street. I read this in about 2 days because I couldn’t put it down. Only a small novel but it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s that type of book that goes straight in for the action where Oliver has just admitted that he’s beaten up his wife that badly that she is in a coma. Each page, you’re just left wanting to know more and more on why this guy is such an arse and what made him do such a dreadful deed. Total page turner and easily read in a few days.
Right.. hear me out on this one. I am that person who always says at the end of every adaptation, ‘The book was better’. With Game of Thrones, it’s no exception. Martin’s popular world of Westeros has completely and utterly taken over most people’s lives and we’re all obsessed with it. I’m one of those people and I adore it. I started the books soon after I watched the first series because I couldn’t wait any longer for the second series. Let me tell you this, the book is a different game all together. It’s darker, it’s more magical and I feel as if I’m at a different point to where other people are in the series. It’s utterly brilliant series of books and I cannot wait until the next one. I won’t lie I’ve gone off the series and spent the last series sat on the sofa shouting, ‘Bullshit!’ at the TV every episode.
The ultimate chick flick. Bridget Jones is the one novel that will always cheer me up and feel like it’s OK I haven’t got my life together. Obviously, we’ve all watched the films and know what the jist is but the book is fantastic. Told in Bridget’s diary style, it’s a lot dirtier, funnier and I honestly was crying with laughter at some points. It’s worth a read and even if you prefer the film, I will guarantee it’ll make you smile!
I read this book when I was going through a particular hard time a few years ago. It completely change my perspective on certain things and made me realise that it’s OK to be sad and it’s OK to be alone. It’s constantly shoved down our throat that you need to find ‘the one’. Eat, Pray Love tells the story of Elizabeth who leaves her husband and goes on an adventure to find herself. Even if it doesn’t have the same effect it had on me, it will make you crave Italian food and want to jet off to Italy sharpish!
I’m always open to new books to read. I’m trying harder to make more time for reading so I would love to hear any suggestions or top reads you guys may have! Hit me up in the comments!