For a lot of bookworms, choosing a few of their favourite books is a near impossible task- mainly because there’s too many to pick from! But today I wanted to share some of my top favourites with you because there’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing the books that I love. So without further ado, here are a few of my most cherished and adored books (in no particular order because that would take forever to decide on!)
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
I know The Hunger Games (THG) is really popular (especially as the films were such a big hit) and so this might come across as a cliché choice but honestly I am so fond of this series; it’s genuinely one of the best stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. To begin with, I was pretty reluctant to read the books even though they were highly recommended by my friends. I thought THG might just be another over-hyped series but I ended up going to watch the first film when it came out anyway, and I’m glad I did because I was completely mesmerised. The film was so intense, and so powerful- to this day I still remember the feeling of butterflies in my stomach as I watched Katniss go up in that tube and enter the arena. The story really stuck with me and so in the summer, I bought the books and for about a week I spent my days totally immersed in the world of Panem. It won my heart over and I’m so glad! The Hunger Games has become my favourite series and even when I’ve reread them, it’s like I’m reading the story for the first time again. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is (hehe).
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that this is one of my favourite books and honestly, I would have never guessed that it would become a favourite of mine either. At first it was kind of difficult for me to get into the story, like I remember struggling a little with the dialect of the main characters, as well as the language used for the time period it was written in. And I remember wondering if I’ll ever get into the story but sure enough, I did. I think Scout and the story she was telling started off as a little seed in my mind, and with each page I turned, it grew and grew into something bigger than myself.
As soon as I finished To Kill A Mockingbird, I immediately missed it. I really felt at home whilst reading this book, thanks to Scout’s comfortable and pure narrative but there was something else too- the events of the story and the emotions it had ignited within me were unshakeable. And I really liked that, I liked that a piece of literature was able to have such a big impact on me and the way I thought about the world. To Kill A Mockingbird has been a very influential book in my life, and I’ll always treasure it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I first read The Book Thief when I was 13, recommended to me by my school librarian. At the time, it was the longest book I’d ever laid eyes on, and was nothing like anything I’d ever read before… I mean, I was still into my tween fiction (Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen, anyone?!) So it was a very new and very different reading experience for me. Needless to say, I thought it was amazing. It opened up a whole new world of literature for me and had such a big impact on me as a person, which is probably one of the reasons why it became one of my favourites. I think this book may have also sparked my love for historical fiction. I’ve always enjoyed history but it’s like The Book Thief unlocked something within me. And of course, I have to mention the writing style, which is just remarkable! It’s extremely refreshing and I’m still amazed at how Marcus Zusack managed to pull off having the story be narrated by Death. It was such an unusual and bold choice but it really worked, adding to th distinctiveness of the story. It’s genuinely such a brilliant piece of literature and I would recommend it to everyone. Such a masterpiece!
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
There are probably 100 reasons why I love The Infernal Devices series but words always seem to fail me whenever I want to talk about any of them!
I made a recent post on my Instagram about how it’s been around 5 years since I first read Clockwork Princess, the finale of the series and it made me feel so nostalgic and happy and warm inside because I adore this series. It’s a mix of all my favourite genres; young adult, fantasy and historical fiction, making it the perfect book for me to read at any given moment. And then of course there are my 2 favourite characters; Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs whose relationship completely redefines the meaning of friendship. As parabatai, Will and Jem’s bond is a lot deeper than that of two best friends; they are brothers but these two take parabatai to another level because they are soulmates. Their bond moves me and I love that Cassandra Clare has been able to share something so pure with her readers. Their banter and brotherly love is unlike any relationship you will ever read about and I love that.
“They say you cannot love two people equally at once,” she said. “And perhaps for others that is so. But you and Will—you are not like two ordinary people, two people who might have been jealous of each other, or who would have imagined my love for one of them diminished by my love of the other. You merged your souls when you were both children. I could not have loved Will so much if I had not loved you as well. And I could not love you as I do if I had not loved Will as I did.”
– Tessa Gray, Clockwork Princess.
And with that lovely quote by Tessa Gray, I conclude my post. This actually took me forever to write because does that thing ever happen to you, where you find it really difficult to properly explain why you love something so much? It’s like no combination of words could do any explanation justice! Anyway, I tried to do my best for today and I really hope you enjoyed reading- please let me know if any of these are your favourites! I’ll probably end up doing another post like this to showcase some of my other faves so I’ll be back with more!
Best wishes xo