I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in ages, I have been really sick lately but I have felt well enough to write this blog post. So I love reading SO much and I could spend about 10 hours talking about why I like books but you guys will probably die of boredom. So here are my favourite books of all time (by the way they are in a random order) :
- Harry Potter Series by Jk Rowling
To be honest, I really do not need to explain why I love this series because I mean it’s Harry Potter. I read the first one when I was 5 or 6 and I loved it. Literally, my whole childhood was filled with wands and pretending to sneak around the house looking for the philosophers stone or following the marauders map with my sister. If you don’t know what Harry Potter is then (have you been living under a rock?) Just kidding but go out and buy the books or go to the library because it is seriously worth it. Also, I have been loving the audiobooks narrated by Stephan Fry. They are amazingly read and if you prefer listening to audios over reading then I recommend listing to the audiobooks.
2. Wonder by RJ Palacio
This book is amazing and seriously eye-opening. It is about a boy called August/Auggie who doesn’t look “normal” he was born with lots of complications such as a cleft palate etc. and has had to have lots of operations. He is now in the 5th grade and has to go to school. It is basically about his journey through school, what I love about it is that it has lots of different peoples perspectives in it which allows you to hear everyone’s side of the story in events. It addresses lots of messages while being a fun and emotional book. The film is coming out and I am so excited to see it, also although she hasn’t done a second book she has brought out a book called “Auggie and me” which has 3 more perspectives. I really enjoyed this book as well. Especially Julians chapter because it is interesting to find out the reasoning behind a bully’s actions.
3. Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
This is the first book the wishing spell but there are 5 more books after it. I read this when I was 9 so it is a children’s book, however, I loved it so much that I have collected the whole series and just read them again and again. It is about Alex and Connor who are twins, and the stories follow them through our world and the fairytale world. I love the story ideas they are so unique and creative as Chris Colfer uses such known and loved characters and also hated characters and gives them a story and reasoning behind their actions. I especially love the villain’s backstory because it explains so much of what they did. Although this is a tweens book I love it so much and I really recommend reading it.
4. The book thief by Markus Zusak
This is an amazing and emotional book, it is about a girl called Liesel who is taken to a foster family in Nazi Germany. Now this book is different to all of the other ones like because it isn’t in 3rd person and it isn’t from the main character’s perspective, nope it’s from deaths perspective (i know I was shocked when I started reading, so I’m going to give you a minute to digest this news.)
Now before you say “I don’t think I’m going to like a book through deaths point of view” fair enough I would have said the same thing until I read it and my opinion drastically changed from being against it too seriously love it. It is so interesting hearing it from death, but I have read so many books based on world war two where the protagonist is a Jewish in the Holocaust or that they are escaping the bombs in London. However, I have never read a book about a non- Jewish person living in Germany and their perspective on what is happening and also what the English did to the Germans. I loved it and all though it was unbelievably sad and heartbreaking it foreshadowed what was going to happen throughout the book so you could prepare yourself (this is what English class has done to me, it is making me say words like foreshadowing please help me.)
5. The power of one by Bryce Courtney
Ok before I start explaining why I like this, I have gotten a lot of my friends to read it and they couldn’t get through it because the beginning was too weird for them. The thing is that it sounds really weird at the beginning but it isn’t instead it addresses the form of racism/ discrimination and bullying in it. It was such an interesting and eye-opening book, my dad recommended it so I read it when I was 10 and I LOVED IT. It made such a big impact on me I started my own cactus and aloe garden (however they all died shortly after I planted them as I forgot to water them) but the point is a book has to be amazing if it makes you plant a garden full of cacti. As I said it addresses many messages and it is based in the 1900s after the Boer war in South Africa. I have not been allowed to read Tandia or the rest of Bryce Courtney’s books for understandable reasons that my parents explained (if you are a kid or a teen don’t read the rest of his books until your legally an adult because some of the themes in the other books specifically Tandia are a lot darker and horrific.) The other reason I think my parents didn’t want me to read his books, for example, the potato factory (which I really want to read) is that they are probably worried I will start my own potato factory after reading it.
6. Lorien Legacy series by Pittacus Lore
These books are amazing, it is sci-fi however it is based on earth. It is thrilling and scary and amazing. I’m just going to copy and paste the blurb from the first book ‘I am number four’ because it will take me ages to explain while trying to spoil anything. “Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.”
It sounds like some really dramatic and deep stuff (it is and I love it.) I love most of the characters and I can tell you I got some weird dreams after reading it but don’t let that put you off because this series is amazing it does have swearing in it however so if you don’t like swearing read this series and ignore all the swear words (you won’t regret it.) Also, DO NOT watch the film it sucks, the main character is really good looking in it and his best friend but that is literally the only good thing about it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and please comment your favourite books because I’m really stuck on what to read. I am going to post more often, but as I said before I have been really sick and haven’t had between being in school and sleeping.
Girl of the city x