Saturday, 26 July 2014

Top Five Favourite Books

Books have become one of my guilty pleasures. Alongside music and films, all these hobbies have an escapism that is what attracts me. It's a known fact that I can't get enough of reading, whether it be books, magazines, newspapers or blogs, there's always something to read and imagine. Although these may be my top five books for the moment, by next year it could totally change, but these are the books I keep coming back to!

I have my GSCE and A-Level English Lit teacher to thank for this. We read the book as a class and I just got hooked. I'll admit that I've only read this book by Charles Dickens and small extracts from his other novels, but I fell in love with the way he writes. I'd describe it as Old-ish English (in comparison to the rest of the top five!) but still easy to understand. It's a book that teaches you life skills, about being kind, patient and knowing that you have 'Great Expectations' ahead of you. Full review here.

This one might be a slight cheat, as I love all of Lindsey Kelk's books! New York has to be one of my favourite cities in the world, along with London and Paris, and this book does nothing but enhance that love! The main character, Angela, is basically what I want to be. Live in New York, co-create and become Editor of a women's fashion magazine with amazing friends and family. It's a definite chic-lit book and hilariously funny throughout. Thoroughly recommend this!

A quite new favourite book, but you've got to believe in the hype. I think I finished this book in just under a week, it is that captivating. It gets you crying, laughing and smiling throughout the whole read, but it's one of those annoying ones that you want to find out what happens afterwards! It's a classic romance with a heartwarming and poignant plot. Read my full review here.

Another book to thank my GCSE and A-Level English Lit teacher for! Again, we had to read this as homework - which is harder than you think, as I like to take my time with books! I'm yet to read Pride & Prejudice and Emma (they're on my to-read lists!) but I do love the romance between Anne and Captain Wentworth. It opens your eyes to another class and era that history books just can't teach. It's one of those books that it's glaringly obvious that they'll get together in the end, but frustrating at all the missed opportunities beforehand!

A slight change of literacy direction from the last book... but it's got to be said that To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic. Throughout my History studies we learnt about the Deep South of 1900s America, which was one of my favourite topics. Harper Lee explores the attitudes of adults to race and class in the 1930s through the eyes of two children, which is a refreshing change from the norm. It's a difficult novel to explain, because there's various sub-plots, but it's truly amazing! Read about my favourite quote here!

No top five favourite books could be without The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The hype has all been true and so much more. I've read it too many times to count, and each time there's something else I've missed or forgotten about. It's a coming-of-age book which doesn't hold back on the realities of living and dying with cancer. I'd describe it as a modern love story with just a touch of cancer (TFIOS readers will know what I'm taking about!) I'm planning to do a 'Book vs Film' post on this soon as the film was as equally AMAZING! Full book review here.

Let me know what you think of these books and what's your top five favourites - I'd love some new reads!
Rhiannon xx

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