Considering you see an Instagram version of me only (very very edited and filtered to make me far more cool) you’ll not know that I’m a book worm. Funny that as I detested reading and writing during school and may or may not have Googled essay tips along the way. I have a trick for how I did it and how you can get into reading more also:
1) Buy a Kindle or request one from Santa
2) Find a topic you love and read all about it (mine is anything involving WWII. Historical, not creepy!)
Anyhoo I thought to share with you my 2017 favs. The books I’ve been obsessed with and recommend you do the same. Note: not all the books I read made it onto this list – I definitely read some super shit unworthy ones too.
The Bronze Horseman
The time in my life when I read this book was obvious to those around me. I. Was. Obsessed. Obsessed with Russia circa WWII. Obsessed with the insanely well written and detailed (this is a big book!) love story of passion, death, survival and more passion of Tatiana and Alexander. My only wish is that they were real and that the story never had to end. Girls: this is a must read.
Crazy Rich Asians
Think of this like real life Gossip Girl except also fictional and also nothing like Gossip Girl. OK so that was a bad example. It follows the story of the Young’s – Singapore’s mega elite and meggaaaa wealthy family. All three books are insanely good and I’m yet to meet someone who couldn’t put it down. Super easy read.
All The Light We Cannot See
Extreme tear jerker! WWII (I warned you I love war books) and the story of two separate kids. One in France and one in Germany. One’s blind and figuring out how to survive war without sight when their worlds collide. Author Anthony Doerr absolutely nails it with this book – was on all the best sellers list for a reason.
A Man Called Ove
If it’s been made into a movie you know it started out as a book worth reading. And yes… obviously the book is way better than the movie. Ove is a Swedish grump pot old man who hates change, youth, innovation and technology but you adore him. Learning about his life allows you to put the pieces of his puzzle together and his unexpected friendship with his next door neighbour that softens him is at times a laugh out loud and try not to cry.
Who doesn’t love a sisterly war story based in France that covers courage, survival and the durability of women? This is a heartbreaker and you’ll lean toward each sister at different times in the book, shaking up your natural instinct. This has everything so it isn’t just one for the girls. PS: I also hear on the grapevine it’s becoming a movie.
You’ve been living under a rock-or just without TV or wifi if you’ve yet to hear about Room – the movie that won Brie Larson best actress at the Oscars. But of course, before the movie was the book. And while they actually did a pretty good job at interpretting it the book is always better as we know. Why though? It pleasantly takes you by surprise being from Jack’s perspective. So it’s childlike but in a beautiful innocent way, not an irritating way. Really heavy topic obviously but an epic story none the less.
City Of Thieves
Such a twist on the typical war story. This is Russia WWII and Lev is in jail. His get out of jail free card is that he is sent on a mission to find eggs for the head Russian’s daughters wedding. The plot line alone is so ridiculous but also so believable that you’re enthralled as to whether he can somehow find a miracle chicken to literally save his life. the perfect balance of hilarious and horrifying.
The Girl On The Train
Normally I’m not one for the commercial best sellers but this book really had me. I think I loved witnessing how judgemental I was of Rachel and then throughout learning how she became the way she was, slowly eased up on her and began to love her as the heroine for the story – definitely something the movie failed to portray.
Everything I Never Told You
The story follows the aftermath of the death of Lydia – the eldest in the Lee family. Focusing on the challenges of a mixed race Chinese/American family dynamic and how what is said and unsaid in this household can create a lifetime of chaos through the unknown of how to rebuild it all over again.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
You don’t hear much about the German occupation of the Channel Islands so this book is a wonderful insight into life on Guernsey and the secret book club that existed on the small island. A lovely little and easy book to get through and perfect for a holiday.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Socially awkward Eleanor is the most loveable character I’ve come across. Continuously laughing out loud at her (yes at her, not with her) makes her adorably charming and curious. This is an easy read that’s warming and beautiful through a dark and damaged past.
And then there was Unbroken! Maaaaaa Lord. What a story. Unfortunately you’ll have probably all seen the movie now which is a shame because the book is every bit as epic as you’ll want it to be but give it a go anyway because this is a must read!