Today I’m doing the TOP 5 TUESDAY hosted by Shannah @Bionic Bookworm Blog.I’m a little late on the wagon but I thought it’d be a great way to post regularly on my blog through a fun tag! So today instead of doing five favourites (because, c’mon, only five??), we”re doing my ten favourite books of all time!
Just One Day by Gayle Forman.
Okay, so this is my favourite book of all time. I have come to terms with giving this book this title. I want to be buried with it. If I were stranded on a desert island I would take this book so I could read it over and over again. THAT’s how much I love this book. This book is me and I am this book. A mix of Shakespeare, vulnerability, confidence, love, trust and becoming who we are meant to be. Perfection.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I have NEVER read a Classic that tops Pride and Prejudice. I read it as a cute romance story when I was 14 and fell in love with Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s relationship; particularly Darcy’s letter. But then I studied it in College and discovered the intricate depths that Austen so cleverly wove in this book: her wit, her irony, her vision about the society of her time…A masterpiece.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
I thought the first book was incredibly well-written and very clever and I did not know how Sarah J. Mass would top that. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The feels. The feels. The feels. The character development is out of this world. The world-building, the depiction of Velaris and that infamous scene in a cabin with a certain someone made my heart ache. Also the.Court.of.Dreams;
enough said. I love them ALL SO SO MUCH. Especially Rhysand; he’s too pure for this world.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
This book shaped my childhood. I read it a billion times and made everyone read it. I think the ending is quite sad but paradoxically satisfying because it is is very believable. I found out later that the book received backlash for being misogynistic and, rereading it later, I could understand why it could be seen that way. But I think as a child I did not question it or even perceived it.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I created a list of “People who deserved better” just for one of the characters. The plot is AMAZING. The heist was perfectly executed, I loved finding out and reading about Ketterdam and the Grishaverse. The beginning is a little hard to get into which discouraged me at first but the remaining of the book makes up for it. This book has some of the best characters ever written
for me. They all have rich personalities and bring something special to the story. And sometimes a multiple characters POV can be very confusing but Leigh Bardugo handled it very well and I looked forward to reading all of their POVS.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I read this for a Literature class when I was 12 and I think it was too early to make me read a book like this. The story is very thorough and it offers a reflection on cruelty through the prism of the ones supposed to be the most civilized: British school boys. They’re stranded on a desert island and unleash their beastly sides and oh my. What a ride!
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel.
Many books depict couples who seem perfect for each other but Bishop and Ivy are what we call soulmates. They become a better version of themselves and save each other. The classic story of Star-crossed lovers who are the children of rival families seeking revenge on each other. They change their world for the better. If I ever get asked what true love is, I’d just name their relationship.
Richard II by William Shakespeare
I am extremely biased because I have been fortunate enough to see the play at The Globe in London and it was THE best experience of my whole life. I cried so much. The play was so beautiful and the actors delivered an amazing performance. I can only encourage you to read this play which questions what makes a good sovereign.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
This is the book version of a feel-good, fluffy and cute ROM-COM! I loveeeeee this book. It’s a cute love story and quite realistic. It depicts perfectly what being young and in love feels like (
not that I would know). The feels. The first sentence of the book is my favourite opening line ever. Also, the characters were partly the reason why my family and I went to Barcelona on our holidays a few years ago so that’s that.
Night World by L.J. Smith
I was a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries, both the book and especially the TV show. I loved the universe so much and I wanted to become a vampire more than anything. I decided to read more books by the author and I fell in love with this one. I think it’s the first book I read in one sitting.
Do you see some of your favourites? What are yours? – Let me know!