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10 books I recommend

I am a major bookworm, and I love seeing what other people recommend and/or thoroughly enjoyed reading. It’s so interesting to see their opinions about a book you want to read, loved or even hated. So here are ten books that I enjoyed so much and think other people should read too…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Right now, this is still my favourite book!! It’s so deep and explores depression, and other sensitive subjects in quite a mature and reasonable way. I first read this about four or five years ago now, and it has stuck with me ever since. Even the movie adaption is amazing.

This story focuses on Charlie, and his journey through high school. Charlie has depression, however, and doesn’t make any friends at first. That is, until he meets Sam and Patrick who introduce him to new things, make him feel included and give him confidence.

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, but I am currently about halfway through the first one. And from what I can gather, with how brilliant this book is, and with all the hype this series still has, it is definitely worth reading. Needless to say, I wish I read the series earlier; it’s so enjoyable and such an easy read.

Alice in Wonderland/Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

This timeless classic is such a fun read! It’s poetic, childlike and a lot like the Disney animation Alice in Wonderland. I read these two books quite quickly and enjoyed every moment. However, it can be difficult at times to read, because it sometimes has words which aren’t commonly used nowadays. But with the context, it’s easy to understand.

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Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I originally read this when studying it in my English GCSE. At the time, I thought it’d be ‘a boring classic,’ but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s such a powerful book, with so many messages, and it’s also such an easy read. The dialogue can be a bit hard to read, what, with their slang, but after a few pages you get used to it.

This story follows two drifters in search of work, who find themselves a job on a ranch. But with one of the drifters, Lennie, having learning difficulties, their life isn’t easy as he keeps losing their job. But now, on this ranch, will things be easier, or will they be the same as before?

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

This is such a bittersweet book which I read a couple of years ago, after seeing the movie a billion and one times. With passion, love, adventure, and unpredictable scenes, it’s a gripping book. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with, due to the points of view and time changing, but soon you get used to it.

Librarian Henry De Tamble suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. Through this, he meets the love of his life, Claire, and they marry. But with Henry’s inability to remain in one time and place, their marriage and life become complicated.

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Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal –  Alexander C. Irvine

Aimed towards Supernatural fans, this journal takes you back to Season 1 of the show. It shows you different demons, John’s struggles, different events of Sam and Dean when they were younger, different spells and tips such as how to perform an exorcism (because who knows when you’ll need to perform one?). It’s the ultimate guide for a Supernatural fan!

I enjoyed this book so much, it was such a fun read and allowed you to get to know the characters more. I’d love to read another Supernatural book like this!

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

After watching the movie countless of times, I finally decided to read the book. It was the best decision I had ever made. I enjoyed it so much! You can check out my review of this book here.

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

I read this book because it was one of the books I was studying at University, in the first term. At first, I was slightly reluctant because I didn’t particularly enjoy the books we had read before this. But I’m so glad I decided to read it, because it was the opposite of what I had expected.

This book follows is a modern retelling of The Odyssey. Following Penelope and the Maids, we hear this story from their point of view. There are slight feminist points made here, but, in my opinion, it makes the book that much better.

Misery – Stephen King

As a huge Stephen King fan, I have recently made it my mission to read all of his books. So far, this is one of my favourites. It’s full of action, suspense and drama, which almost makes it impossible to put down. Literally. I have travel sickness, and I was reading this whilst on a car journey once, and even though I felt like I was going to vomit at any moment, I couldn’t stop reading. Eventually I had to, but still!

Novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car accident by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. She dresses his wounds, rescues his work, and gives him pain killers when he needs them. But is she really as friendly as she seems?

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Possibly my favourite book by John Green, this follows the story of two cancer patients who fall in love. It’s a fairly realistic and very emotional story, with some (sometimes dark) humour. I cried whilst reading this, and even throughout the whole movie when I saw it for the first time. It’s quite a powerful book and is a very easy read, being that it’s of a Young Adult genre.

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