So, apparently I like listing at the moment. Who knows why. It’s rather boring. But yes, I just fancied sharing my 7 Books I Think Everyone Should Read. These also happen to be my favourites. Sorry for the long list. I have a lot of favourites. Oh, and these aren’t in order of favouritism, cause that would be mean to the books that aren’t at the top.
Note that these are not series’. Naa, mate. Those are coming soon. 😀
- Journey To The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Why? This book is amazing. It’s about moving and love and finding your own path down the Amazon River. It has fire, theatre, posh English people, boarding schools and a story that transports you, literally, to another world. You can see it in your mind: you can live it in your heart. Yes, maybe it is set in the 1900s, yes maybe it is a bit of a kids book. But really: I think you should read it.
- Peter Pan by JM Barrie. Why? Do I really need to explain? This book, Jesus Christ, this book. Not the original, mind you: that’s a bit…err, odd in places. Try the kids version. A bit kinder on the heart, full of a delightful new world, talking to you, the reader, and sums up what we all want from life: to never grow up. Well, not until we’re bored, at any rate.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. Why? The book everyone is taking about with the guy with the weird surname. Though I found it hard to get into this book, especially in it’s format, I found it was really enjoyable in the end. Now it’s on the big screen as well (and pretty accurately done, I should say) this book really takes the biscuit. A perfect coming-of-age story. Though not the slightly-weird part. Yeah, don’t do that bit when you come of age – whatever that means.
- The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen. Why? I read this book when I was, ooh, I have no idea; 12 maybe? You can really relate to the protagonist in this story, Eleanor. Set in the 1500s, this book is perfect for those who like a good plot full of plot twists, a little bit of romance, and a death or two. One of the first books I can truly say was a favourite.
- Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. First of all, no, this is nothing like 50 Shades of Grey. Why? Set in WW2, this book is perfect for showing what it was really like in concentration camps for people taken. Lina, the protagonist, is just a young, Lithuanian girl, who is separated from her father and forced into a cattle car, to begin her journey to its end: the North Pole in a horrific camp, on day 440. Ever wondered what a human life is worth? This book can give you a pretty good answer.
- Kaimanawa Princess by Dianne Haworth. Why? Based on a true story of the campaign to save the wild horses of the Kaimanawas in August 1996, this story is really heart-wrenching. If romance isn’t your thing, rest assured that the only love shown here is that for the horses. And if you’d love to travel, but don’t have the money, time or nerves, then this story can transport you to the lovely island of New Zealand, and throw you into the plight of a young girl and her pony to save the wild horses before the cull begins.
- The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo. Why? For those with not enough time, this short book is perfect. Again set in the 1900s, and told in the style of a diary, this really tells the heart wrenching tale of Laura, living on the Scilly Isles. Everything seems dark after a storm devastates the area: then, the Zanzibar wrecks on the rocks, and changes everything. As Michael finds out about his aunt’s life, so do we. With beautiful illustrations throughout, although this book might seem a bit ‘young’ to you, I’d definitely give it a read. In fact, I might… in my signed copy! 😉
So yes, there you have it: what I think the 7 books are that everyone should read. What are you waiting for? GO AND READ!