I've been a huge fan of reading since before I can remember. When I was younger I constantly had my head in a book and devoured anything I got my hands on. I believe there's nothing better than curling up with a steaming mug of tea and a gripping page turner - I always feel slightly disappointed when the story is over and it's time to face reality again! Due to uni work and other commitments getting in the way, I've not had time to read as often as I'd have liked to this past year (apart from the odd copy of Heat on my lunch break). Therefore I'm long overdue some quality time with a decent novel.
As uni is over now and I've managed to settle into a new job, I've had chance to rummage through my bookcase and discover old favourites as well as get stuck into novels I bought but never got round to reading. It's been so satisfying to once again be able to look forward to resuming a story when I wake up in the morning or when I'm on my way back from work. There are so many books I've heard great things about and am desperate to read, so I'm open to any recommendations you may have! If you have any titles you'd like to suggest, please let me know in the comments below.
A few of my favourites:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This is such a beautifully written story - it certainly lives up to its rave reviews. It's a little slow to start with but once you get to know the characters you won't be able to put it down. It's one of the very few books that has made me cry!
Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding. I'm not usually a fan of chick lit but this is an exception. It's such an easy, feel-good read (perfect for the beach or a pamper evening) - not to mention it's hilarious!
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I first read this book when I was about 17 and I couldn't put it down. If you haven't come across this novel before (or seen the film - although I don't recommend it because it's god awful), it's a fictional story detailing the rivalry between Anne Boleyn and her sister, Mary. Despite the fact everyone knows what happened to Henry VIII's second wife, the author still manages to make the book so gripping and leaves the reader guessing right till the end. I try and re-read this at least once a year because I just love it so much.
The Little House by Philippa Gregory. I remember the first time I read this book I forgot to eat all day because I was so engrossed by it. It's about a woman named Ruth who is suffering from post-natal depression and is therefore tortured by her in-laws. Anyone who loves a bit of character loathing will adore this story - I wrote a review on it last year if you fancy a read.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. While every other 11-year-old was waiting patiently for their letter from Hogwarts, I was hoping to stumble across another world inside my wardrobe. The Narnia series were my all time favourite books as a child - everytime I spot an old-fashioned lamppost I feel all wistful and nostalgic!
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I was obsessed with anything related to Anne Frank when I was younger and I've read her diary a dozen times. Her wisdom and outlook on life was unbelievable for such a young girl. I'd recommend everyone read this book at least once.
What are some of your favourite novels? x