When you’re struggling to find something new to read, do you ever find yourself reaching for an old favourite? I know I do. I read a lot, and they’re mostly new to me reads, but there are some firm favourites that I can keep picking up and enjoy all the more with every re-read.
Where Rainbows End - Cecilia Ahern.
I remember the first time I read this book, I was on holiday in Walt Disney World and as brilliant as a time I was having, the second I was back in that hotel room before my trainers were even off, I’d have this book in hand. Not your typical novel, it’s a collection of notes, text messages, emails and letter between two best friends, Rosie and Alex. Friendship, distance, drama, and risking it all for a chance at love, this book is such a roller-coaster ride, and even though you know when the loop-the-loop is coming, it never fails to flip your stomach.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Sometimes you just need something that makes you cry. Maybe you need a release, maybe you need an excuse, but sometimes you just need some tears. Whenever I need to get a little perspective or need to let out a super heavy sigh, this book gives me exactly what I need. Hazel, Augustus, Amsterdam, I can feel those tears prickling already!
World War Z - Max Brooks
Zombies! This book is far better than the film for a start. It’s more like a collection of zombie apocalypse short stories, so you can open it up on a random chapter and just read that. It’s a brilliant collection, from the ‘yeah I could see that happening’ to the ‘oh HELL no!’ moments. If you’ve read the chapter about the gamer who doesn’t even know about the outbreak - I’m pretty sure that could be me if you replace gaming with blogging!
The Handmaidens Tale - Margaret Atwood
One jaw-dropping look at a dystopian, infertile society. This book has been banned in schools, referenced in many women's rights and feminist papers, people have dressed up as the handmaidens (or ecowives) to march and protest. This book is such a powerful look at fertility, reproductive control amongst the classes, stolen children, the forbidding of literacy and denial of property rights, all things that humans have already done in some place or time, all brought into one bleak and shocking future. One reading of this book has never been enough for me, and every time I pick it up I notice something new, am angered by another reaction and shocked by the sheer lunacy of those who fancy themselves above the rest of society.
What are you go-to books?
Until next time,