I often tell people I’m an avid reader but the moment they ask what my favourite book is, my mind suddenly goes blank! For all the bookworms out there that want to be adding to their collection, here are some of my favourites. Don’t worry, you won’t find any spoilers here!
Noughts & Crosses trilogy* By Malorie Blackman.
This trilogy is full of twists and turns from the get go! Firstly, although the series is known for being a trilogy, it’s actually made up of five books. Like I said above, absolutely no spoilers but just to let you know what you’re letting yourself in for: it’s a double narrative book (written from the point of view of two narrators) and features every topic from racism to love to death. It really is unlike any book I’ve ever read!
The Hunger Games trilogy** by Suzanne Collins.
Most of you probably know the Hunger Games from the films but before Jennifer Lawrence graced our screens in her role as Katniss Everdeen, this was a book series. The main attention of the films is the action but the books give a lot more detail and attention to provoking your emotions (as well as being action packed). So for those of you that need characters to love, hate and mourn, you’ll definitely love this trilogy!
The Chaos Walking Trilogy*** by Patrick Ness.
Ever wanted to know what someone else was thinking? Well living in Prentisstown would make you think again! Prentisstown is a make-believe town populated by men and one boy. A make-believe town in which everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Just noise. That is until Todd Hewitt, the last boy of Prentisstown, discovers a noise-less spot that changes life as he knows it. Immediately, he is in unthinkable danger and must escape before it’s too late.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
An oldie but a goody! Depending on how old you are, you may already be familiar with this book from GCSE English. That’s how I discovered it. I was such a geek about it that I read it before we finished it in class and read it twice more. It’s based in 1960s America, an era where racism was normal. This book cleverly looks at such a serious topic through the eyes of an innocent little girl (aged 6 – 9) which is what makes it so incredible. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. There are plenty of humorous moments revolving a dog, a mystery neighbour and a few more. TKAM is a definite must read!
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
Discovering this book was a happy accident for me. I’d never read a John Green book and I was definitely not disappointed. If you like a bit of romance but you’re not too keen on the cheese, this is the perfect book for you! It revolves around a teenage girl with cancer and the aftermath of being dragged to a cancer support group. Aftermath meaning she meets a boy she likes. TFIOS will without a doubt have you crying buckets for a week. You’ve been warned!
*This is a PG book. Please make sure you have parental permission before reading this. The trilogy consists of Noughts and Crosses, a novella entitled An Eye For an Eye, Knife Edge, Checkmate and bonus book Double Cross.
**This trilogy consists of The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
***This series is a trilogy consisting of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer & Monsters of Men.