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Book Lovers Day 2018

Hello everyone! Today is Book Lovers Day (09/08/18), so I thought I would write a short post about some of my favourite books that I have read and also about a couple of books I have on my reading list! 

My Top 5 Favourite Books (So Far)!

  • Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig 
  • P.S I Love You by Cecilia Ahern 

Lola Rose was the first 'big' book that I read as a child. I was in year 3 and the teacher selected this book for us to read as a class. I fell in love with the book and once we had finished it, I wanted to read it again by myself! So I begged my mum to buy me to book and I re-read it. I loved it, even more, the second time around. I feel as though this book, despite being directed at a younger audience, covers serious topics (such as domestic violence). Jacqueline Wilson portrays the issue in a way that children can understand, which I personally think is incredible. I came back to this book as an early teen and I appreciated it much more. I think this will be a book that I will read many times throughout my life, and I will definitely read it with my future children. 

The Fault in Our Stars was the first book that I read in one single day. Now for those of you who know me, you will understand that this is a huge deal for me as it usually takes me weeks, if not months, to read a full book. For some reason, this book was impossible for me to put down. I am partial to a good love story as you can tell by the list above, I am a sucker for romance. This book pulled me in from the very start, it captivated me and made me fall in love with the main characters. The way that it is written is truly beautiful and some of the lines are quotable, which I love as they stick in your mind for the rest of time. 

'I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.'
'The marks humans leave are too often scars'

All the Bright Places was another book which I read in a short space of time (3-4 days). The plot of this story is beautifully tragic. It starts off with two characters, Violet and Finch who meet on the roof of the clock tower; they are both feeling miserable with life and it is unclear as to 'who saves who' that day. The story continues, switching from the point of view of Violet and Finch as the chapters move on, helping the reader get to know the characters in more detail. I like how this is done, as it is as if the reader gets to learn more about the characters that they do about each other, creating some kind of personal bond between the reader and the characters within the book. The characters are both broken in some way... Violet lost her sister, leaving her feeling lonely and depressed, whereas Finch is suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder. The two become close and Finch helps Violet learn to live when all he can think about is how he is going to die. 
This book brought out many emotions in me and I loved every line. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading this one again in the future. 

Reasons to Stay Alive is a different kind of book to the others on this list. This is not a made up story, instead, this is real life. No rose-tinted glasses, no sugar coating, just truth. Matt Haig discusses his experience with agoraphobia and depression, how they affected his life and his relationships. This is a book which tugged at my heart-strings as most of it was very relatable. But do not think that this book is depressing to read... because surprisingly it was not. In fact, it helped me to see that I was not alone and it gave me a different kind of understanding. It is also quite uplifting to read about Matts life and how things changed for him over time. Matt is a brilliant writer, he chooses words that are captivating and beautiful, even when talking about something that is not all that pretty. 

P.S I Love You is a classic. Now, I know most people read books and then they go to watch the film version... I tend to do this the other way around. I have seen the movie a thousand times or more, and I absolutely love it. Then one day, whilst browsing books in Waterstones, I came across P.S I Love You. I just had to buy it! It took me a little while to read this one, but I did really enjoy it, in fact, it was so much better than the film! 
I have decided that it is better seeing the movies before reading the books as that way you will not be disappointed (like I was when I watched The Fault in Our Stars after I had read the book). 
This story is pure, romantic and sweet. It is heartwarming and hopeful and overall brilliant! If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it, I also recommend watching the movie! 

Top 5 Books on My Reading List:

  • The Curious Heart of Aisla Rae by Stephanie Butland 
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 
  • Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

The first book on this list, The Curious Heart of Aisla Rae is the book that I am currently reading! So far I am really enjoying this book. It focuses on a blogger who goes by the name of Blue Heart online, she blogs about her life, waiting for a heart transplant and the aftermath of having the life-changing operation. I am not very far into this book to give out any more details, but so far it has been enjoyable to read and I am looking forward to finishing it! I came across this book when the wonderful Daniella from Spoonie Book Boxes sent a copy of it to me for a competition that I ran. I read the back of the book and instantly downloaded it on my kindle for myself!

Note on a Nervous Planet is a follow-on book from Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I am so excited to read this book as I know that I will love it as much as I loved the first one. 
My dream would be to interview the wonderful Matt Haig for my blog, he seems like a very open and honest man who would not sugar coat any of his answers to my questions. It is so important to be open and honest when it comes to mental health, and Matt Haig has inspired many people to do so!

The Girl on the Train was a fantastic film, which has led to me wanting to read the book. I can't help but think 'If the movie was that good, then the book must be incredible!' 
I recently downloaded this book for my kindle and I am looking forward to eventually getting around to reading it! 

One of Us is Lying is a mystery book, one that gets you thinking. I love books and films like that. I enjoy psychological thrillers and mysteries and I have heard that this book is the one to read for people like me. It is currently sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be picked up! I will make my way around to it eventually and will be sure to write a review about it here! 

Simon VS Homo Sapiens Agenda is the book that the movie 'Love, Simon' is based off. I watched this movie recently and I really enjoyed it, the storyline to this film is something that affects many people; Simon is your average teenage boy with a loving family and a great group of friends, but he has one massive secret... he is gay. The film follows Simon as he tries to find the boy who he has been speaking to online, the boy he believes he loves. However, he runs into various issues along the way... This is a very heartwarming story and I absolutely loved it. I googled to see whether or not this film was also a book, and when I realised that it was, I just knew that I had to read it! I have already added this book to my shopping cart on my kindle and I cannot wait to read it. 

 

Thank you to everyone who has taken their time to read this post! I would love to know what your favourite books are and what ones are on your reading list! 

Let me know over on Twitter: @SeeTheUniverse_