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I have a slight reputation of being a reader, which is fine or whatever. I mean I make no secret of the fact that I read and I literally have a degree in English Literature, clearly I like books enough to think that was a good idea to dedicate 3 years of my life to. As such, I end up getting asked for book recommendations. And then my brain freezes and I forget every single book I have ever read.
Until one day I decided to just form a list in my head of books that I truly love with all my heart and soul and think that every body should read. It’s 5 books. It could be so many more, but like I said, I forget all the books I have ever read and so I’ve just kept it at 5 because I can ALWAYS remember these 5.
1) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
What is there left for me to say about this book? I love everything about it so much. The way it is written. The way the characters are created. The way the story slowly builds over the course of the book. The vivid imagery throughout the whole book, but especially when it is in the circus and it feels like the reader is really right there in the action. It’s slow I will say that. It’s a quiet kind of plot that is more character driven then anything else, but it is the kind of slow that also feels quite quick. If that makes any sense at all. I just love so much about it.
2) The Secret History – Donna Tartt
This song has one the best opening lines of a book I have ever read. I still think about it sometimes when I’m just minding my own business. It makes me feel some kind of way man. Again this book is the slowest of burns in terms of narrative. It creeps along and draws you in and envelops you in all the best ways. I loved the perspective that it was told from. However I will say this, the ending did leave me feeling a little bit meh?
3) American Gods – Neil Gaiman
With every single book of his that I read I feel like it is my new fave of his, but that just cannot be true because this is my favourite book of his (followed closely by Anansi Boys now). The world building is just incredible. That’s the only word I have for it. The characters are so well fleshed out and rooted. The imagery throughout is just something else. I love Gaiman’s style of writing and this book just illustrates to me why with each and every page. Warning, it’s graphic, so if that’s not your thing I would recommend almost any other Gaiman book. But if it is? Get this book in your life.
4) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This book will break your heart. It will also floor you with how wonderfully well written it is. It’s heavy. It’s narrator is Death. It’s said during World War 2 in Germany. It’s intense. It’s heart breaking. It’s sometimes a tad hard to read. It’s a piece of literature set during that time period that didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out (I did a whole year’s worth of literature based around wars or thereabouts, I’ve read a lot of boring books). It plays with structure in a really refreshing way and that just adds to the joy of it all. And also the sadness of it all.
5) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
All these other books are little bit heavy hitting. This is just mostly frothy fluffy wonderfulness. It will still get you in the feels don’t get me wrong, but it’s not quite so hardcore. It was my introduction to Rowell’s work and I am so grateful for that. I love her and while I love every book of hers that I have read (which is all of them at this point), this one holds a special place in my heart.
And those are my Top 5, will always recommend books. There are so many others that I would recommend as well if you really get me started, but this is like my starter pack for recs.
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