Hi everybody! Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is The Books I Could Re-read Forever. It was created by The Artsy Reader Girl, and I am so excited to share some of the most wonderful books that I could pick up over and over again! Here goes…
1. The first book, well series, is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I absolutely adore everything about this series; it is my all time favourite and everytime I read the series again, it feels as if I am doing it for the fist time. I find so much comfort in all of the books and tend to read them every year or every other year. Hermione Granger and Severus Snape with forever be two of my favourite literary characters and reading their adventures makes me so happy. I’m sure a lot of people share the same passion for the Harry Potter series; it is so compelling, magical and faultless.
2. Number two on my list is my favourite trilogy: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I love how fast paced and gripping all three books are, how cleverly planned out the plot is and how wonderful the characters are. I am always so invested in the love triangle, with my head at constant battle with who I want Katniss to end up with in the end (I think I am Team Gale, please don’t hurt me!)
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl had to make this list as it is one of my favourite books of all time. I find so much warmth and joy reading this lovely story and always find myself captivated by the sheer magic. I love Roald Dahl’s imagination and Quentin Blake’s fantastic illustrations, and I still remember as a child being so upset that I couldn’t make objects move like Matilda, I just wanted to be as magical as she was!
4. Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson. This list would not be the same without the mention of the author that got me into reading as a child, and for that reason she will always be such an important person to me. Candyfloss is my favourite book of hers I have ever read. It focuses on Floss who moves in with her dad when her mum moves to Australia. I LOVE how it focuses on a strong father/daughter relationship as I think this is something missing in a lot of MG/YA books.
5. I could definitely see myself re-reading The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord over and over again. This YA book is set in a summer camp, one of my absolute favourite settings for a book, and deals with illness, faith, relationships and so much more. I read it in one sitting because the writing style was so beautiful and the story was so warm. I loved how faith was a strong theme woven throughout the book, being a religious person myself, I find it rare to see a religious protagonist who uses their faith to help them through difficult times.
6. Last year I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I am already having withdrawal symptoms from the book. I think the main reason I adored this book was because I related to the main character, Cath, on so many levels and I love it when I can see myself in a fictional character. I also really enjoyed the book being set at University, having been there myself for three years, it was interesting to see how other people’s experiences were similar/different to mine.
7. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu was a real eye opener for me and was such a fantastic read based on feminism. I loved the way the main character was so strong willed and determined to make a change to the way females were treated in her school – girl power! I can definitely see myself reading this book again.
8. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard quickly became my favourite YA romance story as soon as I read it. I have never read a book so diverse and the mental health portrayal was fantastic. (Warning, it can be quite triggering). This book gave me all the emotions; I was laughing, smiling, crying, and oh my goodness I had such a book hangover afterwards! I can see myself wanting to re-read this story every year, just to feel the warm, fuzzy feelings I felt all over again.
9. Another book I can see myself re-reading forever is Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. This story made me so emotional; the family dynamic and strength of the characters was amazing. I love how the main character takes up running and how the portrayal of sport was done so perfectly. I love reading about how a hobby can become an escape; it can help you feel free. I really connected with Wing and was routing for her family and her relationships throughout, I wanted everything to be okay for her.
10. My final book that I see myself re-reading forever is Shrinking Violet by Jean Ure. I first read this book when I was 9, and I fell in love with it ever since. It is a MG book which follows the main character who is shy and lives in her sister’s shadow. It follows her growth as she starts to come out of her shell and becomes a pen pal to a girl with similar interests to her. I love the book for so many reasons, and I can still remember my 9 year old self longing to have a friend like Violet as I loved reading and writing like her, and wanted to have a pen pal. This book will always hold a special place with me.
Thank you so much for reading this post. If you too love any of the books mentioned please comment and let me know so we can discuss!