Wednesday, 26 August 2015

"Reading is dreaming with eyes wide open..."

I've been a huge fan of reading since before I can remember. 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 (unless the odd copy of Heat on my lunch break counts). Therefore I'm long overdue some quality time with a decent novel. 

As my studies are over now and I've managed to settle into a new job, I've had chance to rummage through my bookcase. I've re-discovered old favourites as well as got 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 commute. 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!

A few of my favourites:

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This certainly lives up to its rave reviews - it's beautifully written. 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


  1. I made a vow to myself when I finished university that I wouldn't buy any books until I'd read all of untouched ones on my shelf! Well, it didn't last long but I did end up read some good ones I'd forgotten about. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha, it's so engrossing. If you liked that you'd probably like 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'. It's all about a girl growing up during foot-binding in China. I highly recommend!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to check it out :) x

  2. I love the memoirs of a geisha, even though i love the film, the book is so much better, ive read it so many times and i always cry, no matter what =] Its one amazing story and i wish more people would read it =]

    1. I agree - I do like the film but the book is miles better! x

  3. I decided this year that I was going to read a lot more, so I am always happy to see book recommendations. I really like the sound of both The Little House and Memoirs of a Geisha. I will have to check them all out. Thanks.

    Beth x

    1. Memoirs of a Geisha is my absolute favourite and The Little House is SO gripping! x