Sorry for missing posting for so long – I’ve been super busy and stressed lately and just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a post!
This week I thought that I’d do a book review post. After all, it was just world book day! So, here is a list of my favourite books for different reasons – some made me laugh, some made me cry, and some are just old favourites! What are some of your favourite books (I won’t ask for an all time favourite, because of course it would be unrealistic to expect you to chose just one – we all know that that’s not possible! 😱😉)? Comment down below! 🙂
I’m currently reading…
I am currently reading The Island by Victoria Hislop. I only started reading it a few nights ago, so I can’t tell you much about it, but what I can say is that it immediately drew me in! My mum recommended it to me, and she says that it’s really gripping but in a quiet way – not from tension, but from just wanting to know more of the story. I’ll tell you what I think of it once I’ve read it!
The last book I read
I’ve just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and it was so. So. Good. It’s set in Mississippi, America in the 1960s, when there was still rampant racism (African Americans were largely separated from white Americans, and worked for them as maids – they were mostly treated like dirt). I felt that it really highlighted the hardships faced by the black community at that time and gave a real insight into life as a maid. It also has a gripping storyline – I couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend it – especially if you love the book To Kill A Mockingbird (as I do!), as it is focused on similar issues.
A book that made me think
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is one of my all-time favourite books. We actually have to read and analyse it as part of our English syllabus (which is probably why I feel I’ve thought a lot about the messages it gives!), but I had read it by myself beforehand and absolutely loved it. It’s set during the second world war, and focusses on a group of British school boys who are stranded on a desert island after the plane that they are on is shot down, and their adventures on the island. The way that I’ve written about it makes it sound boring, but I can promise you that it is anything but! I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it, so I won’t go into detail, but I can say that rather than it being a children’s book (as my brief and vague synopsis suggests 😂), it’s more of a psychological thriller/political commentary that will suck you in – I read it all in two sittings!
A book that made me feel
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga was a book that really did make me ‘feel’. I myself have never experienced depression (although I am close to people who have), but after reading this book I felt that I really understood it (or rather how some people experience it) more. The book is about a teenage girl struggling with depression who decides to end her own life. However, she’s scared that she’ll back out at the last second, so she logs onto a site called Smooth Passages to find a ‘suicide partner’ to ensure that she doesn’t break her nerve halfway through, as she says that “nothing scares [her] more than a failed attempt”. I felt really connected to the main character, Aysel, as though I knew her – the incredible in-depth description throughout the book made it easy to empathise with her and imagine what she was going through. I would most definitely recommend it – it’s definitely one of the most well-crafted books that I’ve read in a long time.
My main fandom
Okay, I am just sliiiiightly obsessed with Harry Potter… 😂 I know, I know, how mainstream/cliché – but I can’t help it! I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was in year 3, and since then my love for the books (and films, which are surprisingly brilliant – most movie adaptions of books are terrible and filled with inaccuracies!) has only grown! I’m not even gonna go into how much merch I have (it’s an embarrassingly large amount!) or list the amount of times that I’ve been to places to do with Harry Potter all over the world (I may or may not have been to the London Harry Potter Studio Tour twice in the same year and spent over 6 hours in there each time…), but I can say that my whole family and I are MASSIVE fans! So, if anyone hasn’t read them (I would be surprised if you haven’t!), then why not?! Go read them now!!
A comfort read
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is still one of my all time favourite books. My best friend bought it for me for my 7th birthday, and I immediately read it and fell in love. However, I didn’t really appreciate it until I re-read it at about the age of nine when the true message of the story hit me. Whenever I’m going through a rough patch, I always turn to this book – no matter how many times I read it, I go through the same emotions each time! I definitely recommend this classic to anyone who hasn’t read it – it will definitely melt your heart.
That’s it from me this week! Thank you for reading – I hope you enjoyed it and that you’ve added a few books to your reading list! 😉 Comment down below what your favourite books are – I’d love to hear from you!