Hi everyone, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well! Today’s post I am going to write about my favourite books. For as long as I can remember I have always preferred watching TV rather than getting lost in a book, but as I have got older this has changed. I can’t say I have a favourite genre because I will read anything if the blurb interests me. However, I have noticed that I do lean more towards books that have been adapted into films, as it makes the book come to life which I really like. So without further ado here I go, I really hope you enjoy reading.
Tattooist of Auschwitz
So my first book I am going to write about is The Tattooist of Auschwitz. This is a 2018 International No. 1 bestseller novel by Heather Morris. The book is based on the powerful true story of Lale Sokolov who in 1942 arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the grueling job of tattooing the prisoners who arrived at the camp. It follows the harsh reality that many prisoners in the Holocaust faced, but also a touching and emotive tale of love and selflessness that Lale experiences when he meets Gita, where he may have tattooed her, but she tattooed his heart. This really was an incredible and powerful book to read and I know in the future it will be read many more times.
The Rural Diaries
The next book is The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan. This book is the latest one that I have finished and as a fan of Hilarie Burton since she first appeared on One Tree Hill as Peyton Sawyer, it really did not disappoint. In a heartwarming biography, Hilarie explains her life since leaving LA and moving to Mischief Farm with her Husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who I also love. She is raw, honest and open about everything she has faced in her life and how it has led her to where she is now and how a community, farm and family helped her along the way. It has been my favourite biography I have read so far and I really hope in the future we continue to hear more about life down on Mischief Farm.
Thirdly I will talk about perhaps my favourite book of all time Great Expectations by the incredible Charles Dickens. I remember when I first heard about the book and nothing drawed me to reading the book, but as part of a school assignment we read Great Expectations and ever since reading the first sentence “My Father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name being Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip”. This first sentence just struck something with me and as I continued to read the book, the journey that Pip follows really hits home. When he meets Miss Havisham and Estella it really add to the content of the book where you get so invested in Pips life. What I love even more about this book even more is the amount of Film and TV adaptations there are. It is one book that I know I will never get bored off, even after reading it 3 times I know I will be reading it many more times in the future.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Now this book I had read in an unconventional way and I had actually watched the 2009 film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana before reading the book. I try not to do this now as I have noticed I much prefer to read the book first then watch the film after and watch the characters come to life. That is not to say that it ruined the reading experience for me as I still absolutely loved the book by Audrey Niffenegger. It is a classic romance in my opinion that is something different from the typical genre. The story of Henry and the struggles he faces time travelling and never having a choice of when he comes and goes really pulls on your heartstrings. A timeless classic that again I know I will never get bored of reading, even after reading it twice already.
The Fault in our Stars
I remember when this book came out and became an instant hit and of course I joined in on the hype. The Fault in our Stars was written by John Green and is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2014 motion picture featuring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. It follows Hazel who has is a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has severely impacted her lungs. Forced by her parents Hazel attends a support group for other people in a similar situation and it is at these meetings that she meets Augustus Walters an ex-basketball amputee. As the story progresses you see their romance unfold into something that is funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. This book was a great read and was very much a great adaptation too. Although it is not something I tend to re-read I have seen the film a few times now as it was such a good adaptation.
Lastly, of course this had to make the list along with the other books in the saga. Twilight came at a time where again there was a huge hype and interest in the books written by Stephenie Meyer. This mostly happened after the first film was released staring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. , From the release of the film the book sales soared as everyone wanted to find out what is going to happen in the other films. This was exactly how I joined the hype and became obsessed like every other teenager in the world at the time. The books follow the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen who become involved romantically, but later in the book you find out that Edward is in fact a Vampire. This is a classic teen novels and something I will always cherish. Although now there is a slight cringe when I watch the films, I think about the amazing times I had had when reading these books and then seeing it evolve at the cinemas when they were released. In fact recently Stephenie Meyer has just released Midnight Sun which follows the story from Edward’s perspective rather than Bella’s in the original novels, and I honestly cannot wait to read this. So look forward to a review on this when I finally get to read it.
So that is it my favourite books and a short review of each. As I said at the beginning although I predominately watch more TV and Films, I have now found comfort in reading a book and now I look forward to the evening to read. I hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait to hear some of your favourite books.