Happy World book day!
I thought in honour of world book day I would share my top ten favourite fiction books, it’s only in the last few years that I have started reading fiction and I’ve already fallen in love with a world full of wonderful places and amazing characters. Reading is one of my favourite ways to relax, nothing beats curling up with a good book, a hot cup of tea and getting lost in a different world.
Here are my top ten books ( in no particular order ) don’t worry I won’t ruin the end for you.
Thinner, Stephen King. This was the book that really got me into reading, a friend lent it me and before I knew it I was hooked on Stephen King novels and am now the lucky owner of all his work. Not his best work but it has a special place in my heart.
Her fearful symmetry, Audrey Niffengger. This book is bloody brilliant with just the right amount of twists and turns. The story is set around Highgate cemetery in London, which after reading this book I went and visited and have done a couple if times now. It’s a stunning location full of wonderful history. This is definitely one for readers that enjoy mysteries mixed with a little horror.
Pride and prejudice, Jane Austen. By far my favourite classic book, there’s something about Austin’s writing that transports me back in time and makes me long for a simpler time. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked round stately homes or English gardens pretending to be Elizabeth Bennett waiting for a Mr Darcy to magically appear around a corner.
Harry Potter, J K Rowling. I was a very late to the Harry Potter party, I don’t know why but for a long time I refused to read them which was a big mistake. As wonderful and magical for adults as they are for children. Even with all the magic these books are really relatable, you feel for the characters as they struggle though their teenage years. You get excited for their triumphs and feel their pain through the lows. Personally I feel the books improve from about the fourth book. I have read each book six times now, I don’t think I will ever get bored of them. One for magic lovers.
The Da Vinci code, Dan Brown. A simply brilliant book!!! In fact I think Dan Brown is an amazing author. The entire collection had me on the edge of my chair, Robert Langdon is one of my favourite characters of all time hes smart, charming, lovable and you imagine him to just need a hug. Smart witty books that will leave you wanting so much more.
The hunger games, Suzanne Collins. I read all three books over two days I just couldn’t put them down and when I tried to sleep I couldn’t I just got up and read through the night. I highly recommend reading the books and skipping the film’s ( they are a bit pants compared ). These book are aimed at teens but will surprise you so much.
The Help, Kathryn Stockett. A wonderfully witty book with some very lovable characters. I love reading about America’s black history I find it fascinating. Strong female characters, beautifully written, definitely a book to take on holiday with you.
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer. I have to put the whole twilight saga in here, the only books that gave me butterflies through it. Please do not be put off by the movies or the fact that these books are really for young adults. This is definitely one of my favourite love stories of all time, you can feel the intensity between Bella and Edward as you read, you feel their pain and truly root for them. These books will truly surprise you.
The time Travellers wife, Audrey Niffengger. The only author to make it on my list twice and I wouldn’t even consider her my favourite but this book certainly deserved to be on the list. She made time travel romantic and painfull. A beautiful written book, wrote from two peoples points of view. I giggled and cried my way through this book, you definitely need a box of tissues for it.
Gone girl, Gilliam Flynn. This book had me gripped from the very first page which is a rarity and I finished the whole think in five hours. I couldn’t put it down with its plot twists and wonderful characters. The only problem I had with this book was the ending which was a bit pants if I’m honest but still really worth reading. A book for people who love thrillers.
In honour of world book day and remembering how much I love reading I’m inspired to start a reading challenge. I’m going to make reading much more of a priority and work my way through this amazing book challenge. Hopefully I will be able to share my progress with you.
What are you reading? What books do you recommend?