As it’s World Book Day I’m doing a post on my favourite books. I’ve loved reading ever since I was able to, which made these six books incredibly hard to choose – I love so many! Hope you enjoy reading about reading!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini
When I first read this I couldn’t put it down. Every word is so perfect; it manages to be both light-hearted and deeply affecting without seeming preachy. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a novel about depression and the pressure of teenage life, and learning to live with your problems. It’s not a book that sugarcoats or glamourises mental illness – it just tells it exactly how it is, but with a sense of humour on the side. Although the plot doesn’t meet a firm resolution (I won’t spoil this for anyone), I really loved the ending, and felt it was truthful to depression in real life. Unfortunately, Vizzini himself lost his battle with depression last year, which makes this book all the more important. It is a reminder that you are not alone in your struggles, there is always someone who can help or understand.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about life in 1930’s Alabama, and is told from the point-of-view of a six-year-old girl. I love the mixture of serious and childish plotlines in this novel, with the exploration of racism and society from a child’s viewpoint being particularly interesting. Harper Lee builds a gripping mystery around Boo Radley as well, and I loved seeing the characters struggle with their perceptions of him. Harper Lee’s going to be hitting the bookstores again soon, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl is about a quiet, socially anxious girl starting university, and if there’s anything I can relate to, this would be it. In the book, Cath spends a lot of time in her dorm room, avoiding other people, which is what I imagine I would have done if I’d chose to live in university accommodation. It’s not all doom, gloom and lonely dorm room scenes though; she does get more involved in college life as the book progresses, and there are a few OMG moments (I had my mouth wide open for a lot of these). The characters are also brilliant – a definite must-read for any young adult fiction fan.
The Pact – Jodi Picoult
I’m a sucker for a Jodi Picoult novel, this I must admit. There’s something about going on an emotional roller-coaster that I can’t get enough of. I once had to open the door to the pizza delivery man whilst crying thanks to the powers of Jodi Picoult. The Pact is no different, telling the story of a teenage boy who is the main suspect for the shooting of his best friend and girlfriend. It’s told from the point of view of multiple characters in their families, and shows the impact death can have on friendship, and how parents can never know their children fully. A very interesting and emotional read – get the tissues out!
How To Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
This is Caitlin Moran writing about issues women have, both growing-up and as adults. I just really love Moran’s writing and got to go all “strong, independent woman” and stuff when I read this, so yeah, it’s great. Just think feminism, humour and fun.
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls – Emilie Autumn
Being a major Emilie Autumn fan, I just had to buy her book. This is probably the most beautiful book I own, with every page being in full-colour and drawings from Emilie herself. Asylum is a semi-autobiographical novel which combines Emilie’s own experiences of being a patient at a modern-day mental institution, and a fictional story of a Victorian woman who is sectioned for not adhering to the expectations of society. This interesting novel delves into the problems with mental health care, including some of Emilie’s handwritten diary entries about her self-harm and suicidal feelings. I love this book for its honesty, even though this makes some parts of it quite uncomfortable to read.
What are your favourite books?