Okay, so if any of you know me in person, you’ll know that reading is pretty much to only thing I do and my favourite thing to do other than read, is to go to charity shops and buy as many books as I can. In fact, the other day me and Jamie found this place near where we live called The Bookbarn, which was this huge place with over a million books… all for £1. It’s brilliant!
Here’s a selection of what I bought that day:
W.E. Williams – D.H. Lawrence Selected Poems
Paulo Coelho – Alchemist
S.J. Parris – Treachery
Neil Gaiman – American Gods
Robert Dinsdale – Little Exiles
My favourite purchase of the above is definitely the poetry book, but I haven’t had chance to get round to any of the other books, I let you know what I think!
Anyway, back to the topic in hand. My favourite books..
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
This is one of my absolute favourite books. It has controversial reviews, lots of people think it’s a pointless read. However, I happen to think that it is incredible. I won’t reveal too much, but it is a 1950 novel about a boy called Holden Caulfield who spends time in a Mental Institute. This book is very special to me because it’s the book that kept me company when I had was in hospital undergoing major back surgery. It’s relatively short book, but really good.
- Listen to the Moon – Michael Morpurgo
This man is a genius. He was the main author of my childhood, with Born to Run, Butterfly Lion and War Horse, yet still his books completely wow me. Listen to Moon is beautiful story set in Scilly Isles in 1915, beginning of World War 1 with running themes of family values, forgiveness and memory. I bought this book at my 9 year old brother school book fair, and read it in about 3 days. I seriously recommend!
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Again, incredible. This book gives an insight into the mind of someone with Asperger’s syndrome. It can be quite funny at times but also quite sincere and sad. There’s a quick a big plot twist in the middle which completely threw me. It’s very cleverly written and disguised as murder mystery novel. I started reading this because at the time I was a support worker for people with Autism and I thought it would help me understand the people I looked after better and it most definitely did do that. I also went to see it at the theater and that too was fantastic. Absolutely fab read.
- Wonder – R.J. Palacio
The Guardian said that this book ‘has the power to more hearts and change minds’ and I couldn’t agree more. It’s about a boy called August who has a facial disfigurement as well as other health conditions who goes to a proper school for the first time after being home-schooled by his mother. It’s heart warming and heart breaking all at the same time and it made me blubber for days! As well the story being incredible, it is written beautifully as well which always helps you appreciate the story. All ages can enjoy this book, it has important lessons that both adult and child would benefit from.
- Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
I have only recently just finished this book and oh my God. I have always been a massive fan of Picoult, she is a wonder with words. But alike authors who have published many books, after a while they start to all follow a similar plot line or style. Leaving Time however is completely different to anything Picoult has ever written. It has a huge plot twist right at the end that I honestly wouldn’t have predicted in a million years and is written perfectly. It only took me a few days to read because it is a real page turner. One of the things I love the most about Picoults works is that she’ll pick a certain topic to incorporate into a book, be it wolves, autism, a particular religion or anything really, and then she researches the life out of it so that when you read the book you learn incredible new things whilst being led on a amazing literary journey. 10 out of 10 in my books, absolutely fantastic.
There are plenty of other books on my ‘Must Read’ list that I want to share, but no doubt there will be another book related post in the near future. I have a few books lined up for myself and I’ll share my views asap.
Also, at the end of November I will be publishing my End of Month Book List, which is pretty much just a list containing the books I have read that month (whether good or bad) and my take on them, do I recommend them, etc etc.. so keep checking for that!
Thank you for reading 🙂