I was nominated by the wonderful Maggie May for her new 10 Book Challenge tag. The idea is to write your top 10 books of all time (if you can narrow it down to 10!) and nominate three other bloggers to do the same. I wanted to share mine with you today due to it being Book Lovers Day, how very apt.
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
This is one of the most magical books you could ever read, surely? Mermaids, pirates and a Wendy who I pictured to be much more badass than she is portrayed in any of the film/stage adaptations. I remember this being one of the first books that made the phrase 'rollercoaster of emotions' seem well suited.
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
We studied this in English Lit. and although it was initially 'just another classic' it really had us interested in the story, more so than to just pick apart the characters, plot and the language. The difference between Gatsby's life and his acquaintances really captures the idea of wealth and I was intrigued by him. Fantastic story and, I even loved the film version - Leo for an Oscar.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
My best friend gave me his copy and although this is a nice gesture, it's even nicer if you've read the book and understand the meaning behind it. It's simply a coming-of-age story but with much more than a first kiss or spotty face. It's compelling, there'll be at least one character your teenage self can relate to and it has a few unexpected turns. I couldn't recommend this book enough to any adult, young or old.
Where Rainbows End - Cecelia Ahern
I wrote a little more about this book when comparing it to the film version 'Love, Rosie' here. I could read this book over and over again and always cry at certain points. It's romance and chick lit at it's finest but please read the book first.
The Velveteen Rabbit - Marjory Williams
I had a copy of this when I was really young and it was personalised, so the girl in the story was named Leanne, it mentioned the area I grew up in and a few of my friends' names. When you're 5/6 years old and you have your own Velveteen Rabbit toy, this seems fascinating and you feel quite strongly towards it. I won't ruin the story for you and the ending isn't particularly sad (it being y'know, a story for children) but it did make me cry. Every single time. It probably still would.
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
The film version was announced and as it was written by the same author as 'About A Boy' I thought it would be a good shout. I really like the blunt way that death is approached in this as it's something of a taboo in real life. The characters and their situations are so well thought out and perfectly written and it really struck a chord with me. It's not so much a light hearted read but it will definitely leave you feeling more positive when you've finished.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Of course the Harry Potter series was going to feature in this list. If this isn't in most of my generation's lists then I would be shocked. It's difficult to pick my favourite but the Half Blood Prince is the first time I think we see Harry Potter as an adult rather than a bit of a wet blanket with friends and family much more adept at magic than he is. And of course, there's the most profound death of all.
Looking For Alaska - John Green
I, like many other young adults (how old is a 'young' adult anyway?!) love John Green's work. I think his books are written so well and it's easy to get fully immersed in his characters' lives. Looking for Alaska is my ultimate favourite because Alaska begins with an air of everything I wanted to be when I read it. The run up to the pivotal moment intrigues the reader and by the time it comes around, you're fully invested in Alaska and Miles as characters and it hits hard.
The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
I had the entire 'The Chronicles of Narnia' set when I was young and of all the books, this was is the one that stuck with me. I've not read it since I was a child but as I remember, it's a little creepy but full of magic. As a pre-cursor to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, it's the first time we venture into Narnia and in my opinion, it's a much more interesting story.
The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry - Edited by Brian Patten
This one is a little different from the rest of my list. My english teacher in primary school set us all the task of buying some of Spike Milligan's poetry that we'd be learning throughout the lessons. I was bought this compilation, featuring poetry by Spike, Michael Rosen, Kit Wright and many others and I absolutely loved it. I can still remember some of my favourites word for word and it'll definitely be a book I pass down to my kids too.
I nominate Jenny, Bethan and Karen to join in this tag if they would so like. Regardless, check out their blogs because they have some of the best book shelves.
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