I love my books. I like carrying one with me wherever I go just in case. I really enjoy reading and honestly escaping into the world of a book is far better than having to be social. Here are my top favourites – just to point out this is extremely hard for me to narrow down. I really just wanna include every book because I don’t like picking favourites. Hopefully this will give you a few tips on what to read next. I promise no spoilers.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This book is based during World War II and has death as the narrator. Pretty dark. But it has some amazing passages and sucks you into the story. It is not written in the traditional story format but stick with it because it is well worth it.
The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
This book is hilarious, I don’t know if it is always intentional but I did laugh a lot at times. It is the story of a young man in India and his journey from corruption to business man. It’s brilliantly written and makes you question a lot of racial and cultural stereotypes.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride
This is really a Marmite kind of book. You really either love it or hate it. It is kind of hard to understand because it is kind of written as a stream of thoughts, which we all know is not necessarily cohesive at all times.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Soon to be TV series (and I can’t wait for this), this is about a dystopian world where woman are separated by their roles in society. It really calls into question the role of women in our own society. And Margaret Atwood is a queen (insert praise hands here).
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
If you like fairy tales and you are fake grown up or even a real grown up you will love anything by Neil Gaiman. This story is about Tristran’s journey over the mysterious wall in his village. The story is filled with magic and wonder and a little bit of sex, basically a fairytale for grown ups!
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Sure I had to include a classic. Love this one because it captures the wondrously creepy aspects of the Victorian era. Also written by a bad ass lady who created one of the best known fictional characters in history.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K Rowling
This is without a doubt my favourite of the Harry Potter books. This is where we start to see the darker side of the magical world, it is definitely when things start to get interesting.
Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman
I remember when I first read this book, my sixth class teacher ended up having to buy in the next ones in the series. This book will make you question everything but it is a great book and one that I could read over and over.
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
This is sad one. It’s a doomed love story about three best friends who grew up in a boarding school in England. It’s a bit of an uncomfortable read at times but when it comes to books that does not necessarily have to be a bad thing.
Academy Street – Mary Costello
Ok this one is completely harrowing. The story follows a women’s journey from her home in Galway, Ireland to New York. There is very few happy moments in the story as it begins with the death of her mother and ends in the aftermath of 9/11. It is a short novel but it packs a lot in, you do feel a bit like your heart and brain have been fucked with emotionally for the entire novel but is beautifully written.
Now go forth and read people! Feel free to comment if you have read any of these we can start a virtual book club.