Sunday 29 June 2014

My Top 10 Summer Book Recommendations 2014

I thought I'd compile a list of some of my favourite books/book series, making one list that should get some of you bookworms through the summer. I'm a huge reader, especially when I go on holiday - I think my record was 11 books over two weeks when I went to the Caribbean. These aren't books that came out recently or anything, they're more just like my all time top 10. I've decided not to write a lot of detail about each book because after all, if you're gonna read it then you won't need it. Unintentional rhyme. Ugh. Anyway, down below (in no particular order) is my list of top 10 books that I definitely think you should read this summer. Or any time.

#1 - Wild Boy / Jill Dawson. This book was assigned to me for uni so naturally I thought I'd hate it but I couldn't have been more wronged. I laughed and cried, and Dawson re-tells the story of the wild boy of Aveyron (a true story) in such a fulfilling way.

#2 - The Hunger Games trilogy / Suzanne Collins. Even if you've already seen the films, the books are a definite recommendation. They're written in a way that's so easy to read, you literally find yourself lost in the districts and the arena.

#3 - Little Face / Sophie Hannah. This is the first in a sort-of series that this author has written, but the series as a whole doesn't have a name and you don't really need to have read any previous ones to understand the later ones. They're all murder mystery type books set in modern day England, which to me makes a change from books set decades ago or in the buzz of New York / La.

#4 - An Abundance of Katherines / John Green. Out of all Green's books this one is certainly less talked-about but equally as brilliant as his other novels. Definitely worth a read.

#5 - Lone Wolf / Jodi Picoult. I believe this is one of Picoult's oldest novels but in my opinion it's also one of her best, certainly out of the many I've read myself. As with all of her novels it focuses on quite a large topic that can sometimes seem isolated or out of the ordinary - yet she manages to make it gel with every day life.

#6 - The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky. I'm sure most of you have probably read this but if you haven't, it's insanely good. That's all I have to say.

#7 - The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd. A book about racial segregation in the 60s, beautifully written and definitely a somewhat different take on how black people were treated at the time. This has also been turned into a film with Dakota Fanning in it but the book is better #sorrynotsorry

#8 - Summer Circles / Sarah Jackman. This is a book about an albino girl who has a strong desire to fit in with the world around her; it's not a massively famous book but it's such a lovely read.

#9 - We Need To Talk About Kevin / Lionel Shriver. It took me ages to get into this book but when I did, it was so worth it. If you've seen the film, don't be put off if you didn't like that - I hate the film version, but the book is simply outstanding.

#10 - The Hobbit / J. R. R. Tolkein. Sorry for yet another book that's also a movie, but the book is just one book and they're it into making like three films so you may as well read the book. Which is amazing, and a lot easier to read than the LOTR books are.

I hope this has inspired you to take a trip to your local library or bookshop; and sorry that so many of the books also have film counterparts. It just so happens that I love these books. I might do one of these for films and albums/songs too as I've enjoyed thinking back over all the books I've read.

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