Below are a list of my top 10 favourite books, all of which I would recommend to those who have not yet read them! Do you have a favourite book that isn’t mentioned on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the sixth in a series of seven novels written by J.K. Rowling which tells the story of the famous boy wizard – Harry Potter’s – sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Featuring glimpses of Voldemort’s past, exploring the romantic tension between Harry/Ginny & Ron/Hermione and even diving deeper into Draco Malfoy’s character make this book my absolute favourite of the series!
Fangirl written by Rainbow Rowell follows the main character of Cath as she struggles with her social anxiety during her time at University while her twin sister Wren attempts to build her life as an individual. Cath takes comfort in writing fanfiction and it is her ability in writing that eventually helps her to make the close circle of friends she gathers and overcome the obstacles she faces in the novel. One of the major reasons why I enjoy this book so much is how Cath is such a relatable character!
For those of you who have not read The Little Shop of Happy Ever After written by Jenny Colgan, this romantic novel tells the story of twenty-nine year old Nina Redmond who, following the closure of her beloved library, is left jobless and at a loss as to what she should do next. Leaving her old life in Birmingham, Nina moves to the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to pursue her dream but reality is no fairy-tale and Nina encounters very real struggles in her attempts to create a new life in the middle-of-nowhere. Luckily for her, whilst this may be the real world, Knights-In-Shining-Armour could very well exist… There are so many factors of this story which I love – namely that this book made me fall in love with my home country all over again as well as fall in love with just the idea of being in love. After all, love at first sight might be a romantic trope but love is never simple and often found where we least expect it…
The Death of Captain America by Larry Hama – Yes, it may be a comic and I am aware that it is. I also own the comic but for the sake of this post, this book is perhaps one of my favourite comic-canon Marvel stories. [“Steve Rogers is dead! Long live Captain America! He was a hero to millions, an inspiration to America’s armed services and the representative of his nation’s greatest ideals. He lived for his country – and now, he has given his last final measure for the nation he loved, shot down in cold blood. In the aftermath of his death, Cap’s longtime partner, the Falcon, makes revenge his first order of business. Sharon Carter finds herself spiralling out of control, a captive of the Red Skull’s minions. And Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, must reconcile his own sordid past with the calling to become the new Captain America! Experience Marvel’s blockbuster shakeup of the Captain America mythos like never before in this new adaptation!” – Google Books] True it took me a long time to read it because there is a moment in the book in which Bucky’s memories are being re-written, so to speak, by Doctor Faustus and for those of you who know me and of my love for that character, the experience was too painful that I had to put the book down for a while! Eventually I finished reading it though and even plan on re-reading it again soon!
Not since the Harry Potter series have I ever read a book that I have been unable to put down… until I came across Birdbox by Josh Malerman. Told partially through a series of flash backs, this post-apocalyptic novel follows the character of Malorie as she makes her way down river with 2 children in hopes of reaching safety, all the while trying to avoid a potential threat that she is forbidden to see. My plan was to read the novel before watching the movie which had been released onto Netflix and read the novel I did! Having borrowed the book from the library outside my work, I read this book page by page non-stop from 5 PM until 11 PM. 6 hours of reading without ever putting it down… Dinner was delayed that night and everything was put on hold until that very last word had been consumed!
As much as I love the script books – the Hogwarts school-book “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” written by Magizoologist Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling for the purposes of Muggles) is an in depth description guide featuring all there is to know about the magical beasts found within the Wizarding World. From the terrifying Acromantula to the Flobberworm labelled with a ‘Boring’ classification, each creature truly is as fascinating to read about as the other. What makes reading this novel all the more joyful an experience is that we also get an insight into the mind of one of my favourite Wizarding World characters: Newt Scamander.
How To Experience Death For Beginners by Jessica Branton revolves Casey who, ever since she was seven years old, has the ‘gift’ of clairvoyance. This gift allows her to see when someone is dying, as well as feel what they feel and witness their life through a series of flashbacks, making the term ‘life flashing before one’s eyes’ all too real… The novel explores her unwillingness to get close to others due her ability and also sees it put to the test when the new boy Cameron moves to town from California and Casey is unable to stop herself from slowly falling for him. However, with Cameron also comes tragedy and when a series of killings begin to occur throughout town, Casey must use her ability in order to solve the mystery, catch the killer, and save those she loves… This novel is by far the ultimate page turner filled with romance, mystery, and even paranormal aspects – everything possibly needed to create such a gripping tale!
[“Mitch Rapp is a gifted college athlete who just wants retribution for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack. He trains six months intensely with other clandestine operatives, under CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield and protégé Irene Kennedy, to stop terrorists before they reach America. The assassin leaves a trail of bodies from Istanbul across Europe to Beirut, where he needs every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.”] – Goodreads. The origin story par excellence, in my own humble opinion, this novel telling the story of just how Mitch Rapp was made into the Assassin he is known to be in the later books proves to be an intriguing read that had me on the edge of my seat and not wanting to put the book down!
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett focuses on the building of a Cathedral in Kingsbridge, England during the twelfth century and how something seemingly impossible can by achieved. The story is expertly woven with a selection of characters on their own journeys coming together for the purpose of uncovering the truth, fighting for love and restoring hope in the hearts of men. Reading about how so many characters on their separate journeys interact with one another is one of the things which I find enjoyable about reading this novel as well as the character development of the individual characters which Ken Follett has created.
The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart tells the story of the bastard son of King Arthur, Mordred. Born of incest and raised in secrecy, Mordred comes to the court of his King and Father and sets in motion the events which lead to that wicked day in which the battle of Camlann takes place… As a massive fan of Arthurian legend, this novel is one of the many Arthurian legend novels which I love. One particularly fascinating aspect about the book is how it is told from the perspective of Mordred himself, bringing to light how our fate – no matter how we try to change it – is often unavoidable.