To be honest, I didn’t even realise today was World Book Day until I woke up and saw the hashtag all over my twitter feed. So I decided to put a post together dedicated to my favourite books. I have always loved reading from a young age. Books feed the soul. Here are the books that have struck a cord with me, stayed with me, and I go back to time and time again.
Looking For Alaska
Looking for Alaska is my all time favourite book. It’s a coming of age novel and is based around the narrative of a boy called Miles, and his infatuation with the crazy, sassy, Alaska. It’s filled with drama, heartache, and humour. I don’t think I cried so much at a book. It sums up the pains of those final teenage years so well, when everything is confusing and odd.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Another brilliant coming of age novel. I never watched the film because quite frankly, I thought it would be shit compared to the book, because the book is stellar.
I have an all time love for all things Middle Earth, LOTR, etc. I’m a major geek for it and the LOTR trilogy is my favourite set of films and I want to read the books again, but they are hard going. The Hobbit as a novel however, is brilliant. Maybe because it’s a lot easier to read. It whisks you away on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and is suitable for children and adults. An absolute classic.
Ok this is a cheat post, because I’ve basically put seven novels under one header, but AS IF I could pick ONE!! Anyone who knows me will know how much I adore Harry Potter. So much so that I have the deathly hallows tattooed on my back. I love the films, the books, and anything to do with it. All of the HP novels are great and they pretty much sum up my years of growing up. Even though I have to say, despite it being my favourite film(s), the 7th novel was my least favourite book as I felt like Rowling really rushed it. Everything up to 5 I adore.
Again, this was a big hit for me as a child. I love the way Philip Pullman has managed to bring in huge issues like the existence of a god, science and religion, physics, death, reincarnation, space, time and the soul to name but a few, into what is effectively a trilogy designed for kids. It’s absolutely incredible and I think it’s one of the things that really got me interested in the world and the bigger picture. It made me think beyond my own little tiny space in the universe, and allowed me to take so much more into account. Plus you really feel a bond with the main character, Lyra. She’s a young girl who is adventurous, smart, a bit rough around the edges, and packs no punches.