Today I’m lucky to have Emma from The Bookworm Girl sharing with us some books she loves. Thanks for coming on the Blog Emma 🙂 I have also shared my Top 5 over on her blog so be sure to check that out after.
When thinking about favourite books of all time, it got me thinking how difficult it actually is to choose just a handful of books because there are so many I love. Therefore, I decided to narrow it down to a few books from some of my favourite genres in order to make this list a lot more concise.
Thriller – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects is a chilling, shocking and extremely gripping read.
The premise of the book focusses on Camille, a journalist, as she goes back to her hometown to report on the mysterious murders of two young girls. Not only does she have to work on a major crime but she also has to deal with some of her own issues from the past that she left behind with everyone else in that town. As a result of this we see Camille struggle to deal with her own mental health issues throughout the novel.
At times, the story can seem quite eerie, especially as most of the characters have very unhealthy relationships with one another. But this is part of the fun of a plot like this as readers get the chance to dissect and figure out who might be the villain as the story unravels.
Flynn has a flair for making the reader feel uncomfortable as they turn each page. I think it’s because the plot seems very realistic to the point where it feels like the things that happen in the plot could happen to anyone we know in real life. I also believe if the thriller I’m reading frightens me ever so slightly then the author has done their job well by making the story come alive.
This is my favourite thriller probably because it had the biggest impact on me and when I think about the plot, even 10 years after reading it, I’m still shocked. It’s a really immersive read but also the most disturbing at the same time – in the best possible way.
Historical Fiction – Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones and The Six is one of those books that stayed with me long after I finished it. It reads as if it’s a true story and by the end of it readers will most definitely be mourning a fictional band and wishing it existed.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has written the novel entirely in an interview format, with no other plot other than a few newspaper clippings. Not only is this a fantastically unique way of telling a story, it’s also really addictive to read.
The novel, which begins in the 1970s, looks at how the band formed and why they broke up. I liked that because it is told from each band members perspective, they all remember things differently so the story is very unreliable. Everyone experiences life in their own way and has their own memories of events. Making characters seem more human and flawed by showing things like this is what makes Reid’s writing that much more fascinating.
There are some themes that might not be to everyone’s taste, including severe drug and alcohol addiction. But with all the topics mentioned in the book, they are dealt with in a very delicate and realistic way of how I would imagine a rock and roll band from that era to act.
The female characters are the ones who stand out the most to me. Daisy appears to be confident to the public but she’s probably the one who is the most troubled. And while Karen isn’t the main character she is a strong and empowering individual who stands up for what she believes in.
One element of the book that amazes me is the music. Full lyrics of a lot of songs mentioned in the book are on the pages to read. It is also fun to see them produce the songs and see their reactions to the final product. As Reese Witherspoon is turning the book into a TV show it will be interesting to hear some of the songs, especially “Honeycomb” and “Aurora”
This is an emotional but brilliant read that is impossible to forget in a hurry. It’s perfect for anyone who loved the author’s other book, The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo.
Contemporary – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is such a powerful story, with a really loving family dynamic at the heart of the plot. It follows Starr who is dealing with a lot of normal teen issues. But she also has a lot of struggles that she doesn’t even show her friends.
Starr, a 16-year-old black girl, witnesses a close friend get murdered in front of her as a result of police brutality. As a result, she starts learning she has a voice and needs to speak up against the injustices in the world.
Angie Thomas explores a range of issues in this book including gang violence, racial abuse, poverty and corruption. But she also writes about Starr’s family and friends and there is a bit of light-heartedness underneath all of the heavier topics. I really like the close-knit bond between the protagonist and her family and how they’ve all helped one another through the most difficult moments in their lives, including the death of a loved one.
The protagonist is a feisty character, with a kind heart and just like any other teenager, she does go through moments of embarrassment about where she comes from. I think her portrayal is very true to life and having her narrate the story made it more enjoyable.
This book is a very relevant and educational read, as it gives the reader a glimpse into The Black Lives Matter Movement and the struggles facing a lot of people in the world today. Even though this book is targeted toward a teenage audience, I do think it’s something everyone should read and would also enjoy.
I just want to say thank you to Stacey at Stacey Blogs for the opportunity to write this post. I had a lot of fun collaborating with you.
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