After what feels like forever I’ve finally got round to doing a book recommendations post!! I LOVE reading and own way too many books and I really wanted to do a blog post of my favourite books I’ve read so far and just talk through my opinions on it. I want to make this a regular thing on my blog and every couple months talk about the books I’ve read! Hope this post gives you some inspiration on what book to read next and just to get into reading in general!
1. LOCAL GIRL MISSING – CLAIRE DOUGLAS
I loooove this book, it’s one of those books that keep you gripped on and wanting to keep on reading to find out more about what’s happening. Local Girl Missing is about a 21 year old girl called Sophie Collier who vanishes one night and goes missing twenty one years ago and leaves nothing behind but just a trainer on the old pier and a ‘hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca”. This read is full of secrets and loads of mystery and at times when I was reading I got really confused so had to read couple pages over again to understand what’s happening. So in a nutshell, Sophie Collier vanishes one night and leaves her trainer behind on the pier and twenty one years later, in her town a body was found and Sophie’s best friend Francesca returns back to her seaside town to find out what had happened to Sophie, yet she wishes she hadn’t returned as there was things going on that was hidden from her, that scared her and even made Francesca question her family, sanity and even her life! Throughout this book there’s loads of questions that’s been kept unanswered but towards the end of the book everything becomes unraveled and all mysterious questions are answered. This is a read which I finished fairly quickly as I got into the storyline easily and it got me gripped and I finished it in a couple of days!
2. HALF A SIXPENCE – EVIE GRACE
This is one of those books that was set back in the day like the 1800s and to be honest I thought I didn’t like books that was set in the olden era as their language and literature is different from today’s modern day language however I was wrong and I really do like reading olden era books! This book ‘Half A Sixpence’ was set it Kent back in 1800s and each section moves on couple years. It’s about a girl called Catherine Rook who is a teen girl at the beginning of the book and gets older as the book progresses. Catherine Rook comes from a wealthy family and takes her life for granted, she spends majority of her days at a village school and helping her family’s farm. As days and seasons pass by, Catherine’s father buys a threshing machine to the farm and it brings tragedy and nothing but problems to the farm and village! As the Rook family struggles with sadness and financially at one point Catherine turns to her childhood friend Matty Carter for help and comfort but suddenly had different feelings for him, as quick as their love develops and blossoms thier future was written out for them and it definitely was not what both Catherine and Matty had imagined to be. This is a great calm read full of questions, tragedy and love stories!!
3. FACELESS – ALYSSA SHEINMEL
Another mystery read, and this time it’s Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel. Faceless is about a girl called ‘Maisie’ when she gets involved in a terrible accident and is burnt and her face is partially destroyed. After her accident she gets a face transplant, however it’s very difficult to live life with someone else’s face and skin on and she gets terrified as she cannot recognise her own face anymore. Maisie begins to discover how much her face and looks shaped her relationship and outlook to the world, and finds that she has to re define her identity and figure out what’s important for her in her new life and what lucky means to her! This is one of those books that really got me gripped on and it definitely is a fast page turning read. This book summed up in 3 words would definitely be, drama, emotional and interesting!
4. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES – JENNIFER NIVEN
OMG MY FAVE BOOK EVER (!!!) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is probably one of the BEST books I’ve read so far, it’s emotional, it’s full of happiness, love and it’s just AMAZING!! It’s about a girl called Violet Marky who is devastated by her sisters death and meets a boy called Theodore Finch in her school and Violet learns to live and grow from Finch who wants to die! This is such a sad but happiness filled novel! It’s quite difficult to give off both happiness and sadness emotions at the same time in a novel and Jennifer Niven does this perfectly in this book, the book bounces between two emotions perfectly! It’s a great read but definitely does contain adult themes and segments. This book is described as the next Fault In Our Stars which in my opinion says a lot about it!!
5&6. MILK AND HONEY & THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS – RUPI KAUR
Rupi Kaurs poetry book ‘Milk and Honey’ is fairly famous and she recently brought out a second poetry book, ‘The Sun And Her Flowers’. Both poetry books are equally amazing and they split into 4 sections ranging from hurting, loving, breaking and healing! There’s SOO many poems in each book and they range from tiny 2 line ones to a whole page one! There’s amazing illustrations in each poem book too that follow the poems and some poems has such deep meaning to it too! In my opinion, these poetry books would be a great coffee table read and just flicking through each poem would be a great way to read them! I recently got into poetry books and definitely will be purchasing more in the near time!
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it some what helpful and it inspires you to read more books. Comment down below which book you are currently reading or would like to start reading I’d love to hear what you guys are into book genre wise!
Ayse Merve! x