The first top 5 of this blog couldn’t have been anything but my top 5 favourite books. The only problem was that this meant I actually had to decide on my top 5 favourite books and as every booklover knows, this is no easy task! Lucky for me, the first two were easy as ‘The Book Thief’ and the ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ are 100% my two favourite books (at the moment anyway!). The next few weren’t so simple but finally I got there, although the honourable mentions at the bottom show just how hard fought the competition was (and let’s be honest, on another day I might list a completely different set of books!).
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
As anyone who knows me (and by knows, I mean anyone who has made the mistake of mentioning that they’re not sure what to read next anywhere near me) I love The Book Thief. It’s one of those amazing reads where you can split your life into a before and after of when you read it (if you’re looking for a film comparison think maybe La La Land or Inside Out, you know the films that change the way you see world?). I briefly covered the plot of this novel in a previous post so here I will just say – in The Fault in Our Stars John Green writes:
‘Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.’
For me, The Book Thief is that book.
2. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Another one I have previously covered here but a list of my favourite books would be incomplete without it. John Green is one of my favourite authors as I just love the poetry of his writing style and The Fault in Our Stars is my favourite one of his novels. It has two wonderful main characters, is extremely emotional (for some reason I am drawn to books that make me cry!) and features beautiful lines like ‘my thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations’… to be honest I never stood a chance!
3. Shiver series – Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, Linger, Forever)
A bit of a cheat here because this is a series and not one novel. In my defence if I had to pick just one it would be ‘Forever’ which is the third book in the series and that just isn’t helpful if someone wants a reading recommendation! This series is about humans and wolves and humans who turn into wolves and is, in my opinion, pretty great. It’s got two romantic relationships that I love (no spoilers!) and one of my favourite literary characters ever plus a strong female to boot in Isabel. These books are also sentimental to me because they were the first books by Maggie Stiefvater I ever read and she has since become my favourite author (you know, the one where you have to get your hands on everything they have written and your insides go funny when you hear they have a new novel on the way) so they have that going for them too.
4. Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen
I read a lot of Sarah Dessen books growing up. My older sister started first and of course, like every little sister, I wanted to be just like her, so followed suit. The sister connection is perhaps what makes this novel stick out in my mind. In Lock and Key, seventeen year old Ruby’s mum does a runner so she goes to live with her sister Cora, who Ruby doesn’t trust because she feels like Cora abandoned her when they were younger. Family is all important in this novel whether for good or bad reasons, with the romantic storyline following Ruby and the cute boy next door Nate weaved in with these family ties. I think the importance of family and of doing your best to help the people you care about is what makes this the Sarah Dessen book I keep going back to over and over (and over) again!
5. Boys Don’t Cry – Malory Blackman
Boy’s Don’t Cry. Put briefly this is one of the most emotional and affective books I have ever read. For me, at least, it was literally unputdownable. I started it one night and finished it a few hours later and it is the only book I can remember crying reading from pretty much the first page to the last. It follows Dante, who is waiting for his A-level results, but suddenly finds himself in charge of who he is told is his baby daughter, Emma. To be honest I could gush about is book all day, so all I’ll say here is that it made my heart hurt in the best way possible.
- Legend – Marie Lu
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
- Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon