Sunday, 16 August 2015

My Top Fifteen Favourite Books

My top fifteen favourite books

My intention was to write a Top Ten, but found it really difficult to narrow it down that much (hehe). Honestly, I don't understand how people can have only one favourite book, since I can't even stick to ten! And on top of that, a lot of these are trilogies or series. Oh well. This list isn't in any particular order, with the exception of Harry Potter, which will always be on the top. Okay, perhaps I do understand how people can have one favourite book (but then Harry Potter is a book series...). Let's get cracking, shall we?

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
In case you hadn't noticed yet, I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Harry Potter. I've re-read the books countless times, and love them just as much every time. My childhood wouldn't have been the same without those books and I know I'll go back to this world over and over again. 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Jane Austen's most famous novel, and understandably so. I love how witty and intelligent this novel is. Austen was honestly an incredible writer! It's full of dynamic characters and clever dialogue, and the love story is one of the best ever (you know the one). It's a perfect escape from real life. 

EMMA
Another Austen novel, and I honestly can't decide which one I love more out of Emma and Pride & Prejudice. Emma is just as witty and clever as Pride & Prejudice, but with a heroine who is considerably more flawed than Lizzy, yet somehow just as lovable. And the love story is a great one here too.

THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
This is post-apocalyptic YA in a class of its own. It's got everything - a brilliant and gripping plot, a strong yet very human protagonist, characters that are relatable and realistic, and a world that is both fascinating and horrific, yet not unthinkable. I strongly believe this trilogy deserves all the hype it gets. 

THE GREAT GATSBY
This book made me feel a little bit depressed, so perhaps it's weird that it's one of my favourites, but honestly, it's so good. It's short, but jam-packed with emotion and intrigue. The language is incredibly beautiful, and there is just something about it that left me feeling a bit dazed.

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
I love Hosseini's other two books (The Kite Runner, & And The Mountains Echoed), but I think this one is my favourite. The story is moving, yet horrid at times, and will make you both cry and smile. Hosseini has a way with words and a talent for tugging at your heartstrings.

PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
This one is a rather iconic coming-of-age book, and I strongly believe it deserves all the hype. It's compelling, intimate and very emotional. It made me cry a lot and left me feeling a little bit heartbroken, yet strangely optimistic about life. The movie was great, but the book is something else. 

NORTH AND SOUTH
Yup, another 19th century novel. It's my favourite of Gaskell's (though I really liked Wives and Daughters too). It's more grim than Austen's works, with social realism being one of its main concerns, and it's so well-written and clever. The love story is definitely on par with the one of Lizzy and Mr Darcy.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
The classic fantasy trilogy. The first half of the first book is incredibly slow, but if you stick it out you are generously rewarded. The world that Tolkien created is incredible, as is the adventure, and his language is stunning. I love the little witticisms that pop up when you least expect it. 

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
This one is a recent favourite, but one that I know I will return to again and again. You can read a slightly longer review of it here, but essentially it's a very beautiful and touching coming-of-age story that definitely won't leave you unperturbed. 

THE HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY
I read these books the first time in my tweens, I think, and then re-read them a few times in the following years. I don't get how this trilogy isn't more popular (or maybe it is?), as it's one of the most remarkable stories I've ever read. It's truly spellbinding, and made me cry bucket-loads.

BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
Well look at that, a chick lit! I love reading chick lit occasionally, but Bridget Jones is the only one that I actually think is really, really good. It's a feel-good type of book that makes you laugh out loud and grin stupidly to yourself. Bridget is a lovable and relatable heroine, and Helen Fielding is hilarious.

JANE EYRE
Can you tell I have a soft spot for 19th century female writers? Jane Eyre is much more gothic, gloomy and dramatic than Austen's novels, and it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it. Jane is such an intriguing heroine and the story is so captivating. 

THE SECRET HISTORY
This one is a recent favourite, as I only finished it last week. I'm planning on writing a mini-review of it, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. Donna Tartt is an incredible writer, the story is so engrossing and thought-provoking, and just sticks with you for ages after you've read it.

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
I read the whole series after watching the first two seasons of the TV show, and of course I ended up preferring the books. George R R Martin has created a world in a class with Tolkien's, and the story is really fascinating and intriguing, full of complex characters and relationships. 

Have you read any of these, and in that case what are your opinions on them? 

Love, Mimmi.