Friday, 15 January 2016

Favourites from my bookshelf

books to read again


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,





13 comments:

  1. useful post - thanks! we love book reviews, I like the sound of the handmaidens tale.
    www.practicaleverafter.co.uk

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    1. If you read it let me know what you think! Such a great book!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I LOVE Where Rainbows End (but I read it as Love, Rosie)!!! I've read it twice already and I know I will end up reading it again in the next few years. Have you seen the movie yet? I kind of don't want to, just because I don't want it to ruin the magic of the book!

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    1. I saw the movie a while ago without realising it was based on the book! Not a bad adaptation but I much prefer the book! It certainly didn't ruin the book for me!

      Sarah :)

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  3. You need to get fat dad fat kid, DONT YOU!

    Corinne x

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    1. I do, I do, I will! Eventually!

      Sarah :)

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  4. Harry Potter series, for sure and now the Book Thief. Mostly, I go to books that I loved/love reading and can read and re read again and again.

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    1. Harry Potter is high up on my list too, I was just looking to name a few books I don't often see on these kinda of lists. The Harry Potter books are my go-to, especially over summer or long trips, such an amazing world to continually get lost in!

      Sarah :)

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  5. I'm so passionate about books, they are absolutely my favourite thing to splurge on. I seriously own more books than clothes and makeup and shoes and everything else added together. If I'm being honest, which is going to make me sound boring, my go to books will always be Harry Potter. But if I wanted to sound different (they too though), I'd have to say that I really love reading and rereading Dan Brown. Recently, I've liked the Millenium Series.

    Ella Pinto xx

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    1. That doesn't make you sound boring at all! I used to have tons of books until I moved out of my parents home. I don't have the room for them now but I would love my own little reading room one day, a library like something from Beauty & The Beast!

      Sarah :)

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  6. New reading material for me!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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    1. Hope you find something you like!

      Sarah :)

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  7. I was just about to say that I really want to read Where Rainbows End until I realised it's Love, Rosie! I thought it sounded familiar haha, I LOVE that book! My go-to books are 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan, and Trickster's Choice/Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce...as well as Harry Potter of course! Loved this post! xx

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