Those that know me well will know that I’m a complete and utter, 100% verified bookworm. Since I was a small girl, I’ve been fascinated with the wonderful world of literature and am rarely seen without my nose in a book. Yes, I’m one of those annoying people who, on holiday, will devour a book in just one day. I love reading so much that I did an English degree purely so that I could spend hours reading and then writing about what I was reading and do that for three years. It was bliss.
When I decided to write a blog post about some of my favourite books, I instantly regretted it; just five?! How on earth was I going to decide? I recently converted to a Kindle and have loved the easiness of it but frankly, nothing beats a proper, hold-in-the-hand book.
So here are five of my favourite books that I not only have in ‘physical’ form but have been read and re-read more times than I can remember…
The secret history – donna tartt
This is, without a doubt, my favourite book ever. I’ve read it about 5 or 6 times and every time, I discover new things about the characters and the storyline. The story focuses on six Vermont-based students including Richard, the book’s narrator and Bunny who’s murder is revealed right at the outset of the novel. The reader is then taken on a fascinating and nail-biting journey to discover ‘whodunnit’ but this is so much more than a classic murder-mystery; the prose is unbelievably spellbinding and the characters are both likeable and hateable. If you haven’t discovered The Secret History yet then it absolutely has to be your next read.
alice’s adventures in wonderland – lewis carroll
We’re all familiar with the pretty blonde Disney character with her trademark blue and white pinafore. But the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by literary master Lewis Carroll is more charming and more engaging than any film. I first read this at university whilst studying Children’s Literature and instantly fell in love with the narrative’s mad, spiralling storyline and wonderfully weird characters. This is not just a children’s book; it’s the ultimate children’s book that any book-loving adult must have in their collection.
shutter island – dennis lehane
Perhaps made most famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of Teddy Daniels, I actually read this book before seeing the movie and am so glad I did. The book is full of tension, twists and terrifying scenes as Teddy investigates a psychiatric hospital on the fictitious Shutter Island after a patient mysteriously breaks out. I won’t spoil the plot for those of you who haven’t read this book or seen the film but trust me; it’s a true epic thriller novel.
Room – emma donoghue
I’ve always found psychological thrillers fascinating and Room is no exception. This is one of those books that I read in a day whilst on holiday a few years ago and every time I go back to it, it still haunts me. Told through the eyes and voice of five year old Jack who, along with his mother, is being held captive, Donoghue wrote this novel after hearing about the awful Fritzl kidnap case in 2008 and there’s something about the stark reality of this novel that really stays with you.
one day – david nicholls
There’s not one person I know who’s read this book and not admitted to sobbing their eyes out. Don’t worry; I won’t reveal any spoilers. But this book is not only touchingly romantic and hilarious but moving, tragic and hugely poignant. The exploration of Dexter and Emma over a number of years, visiting them on the same date each time, is very telling of human nature and how the world can be cruel, kind and downright absorbing. David Nicholls is one of my favourite authors but One Day is undoubtedly his top trump.
What are some of your favourite books? Let me know in the comments! xo