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10k Followers | Ten All-Time Favourite Books

Hello Readers & Friends,

I can't believe this. We hit 10k followers!
When I started blogging and bookstagramming I never, ever thought we would grow this fast in just a year, but here we are! (If you want tips on growing your IG, I did a post here to help.)

To honour this momentous occasion, I thought I'd go over all the books on my GoodReads (I only joined GR last year as well, so it's not every book I've ever read but all the main ones I could remember) and list my top ten.

I'm going to count series and duologies as a single entity, because narrowing it down to 10 favourite books will be too difficult otherwise. How people have only one favourite, I'll never know.
So, here we go. Naturally, all of these I gave 5 stars to. In no particular order...

1. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

 Described in one sentence: Set in the future, everyone lives in the Oasis, an online virtual world. The founder dies, leaving his legacy to whoever finds the golden egg first, and a race begings.
Why it's a favourite: Dystopian world, virtual reality, 70s references, corrupt government... this book has all my favourite themes all rolled into one.

2. On Writing, by Stephen King

Described in one sentence: Stephen King's memoir with a heavy dose of inspiration, advice and motivation for wannabe writers.
Why it's a favourite: I was given this from my dad as a gift and straight after I finished it, I started my first novel. Needless to say, it really inspired me.

3. Noughts & Crosses, by Malorie Blackman

Described in one sentence: A world where classic race divisions are flipped, where whites are fighting oppression and two young friends find themselves being forced apart.
Why it's a favourite: This is the first book I ever remember reading that made me cry. It really hit home for me.

4. Lolita, by Vladimir Nobakov

Described in one sentence: An adult tendant begins a relationship with his landlady's 12 year old daughter, Lolita.
Why it's a favourite: It's use of metaphors is incredible, and it really makes you think. It plunged into a taboo subject equisitely, and is controversial in all the right ways.

5. Starry Eyes, by Jenn Bennett

Described in one sentence: A girl goes on a camping trip and ends up stuck with the last person she wants to be stuck with.
Why it's a favourite: It's a heart-on-your-sleeve teen romance, easy to read, fun and uplifting.


6. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Described in one sentence: Animals on a farm begin to form hierarchies and laws after overthrowing their farmer.
Why it's a favourite: I just love the politics behind the idea, and the twist ending. It's just so creative and intelligent.

7. Harry Potter, by J.K Rowling

Described in one sentence: The greatest series of all time, you all know what it's about.
Why it's a favourite: Why would it not be?

8. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

Described in one sentence: A young girl discovers she is a shadowhunter, and is thrown into a world of demons and angels.
Why it's a favourite: I'm a sucker for the supernatural parties, the sappy romance and the witty dialogue in this series. It's my favourite of the Shadowhunter lines.

9. Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Described in one sentence: A band of criminals are forced to break into the world's most dangerous fortress.
Why it's a favourite: The writing and dialogue are great, but it's the characters that make this book a winner for me. They are the best group of characters I've ever read.

10. The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella

Described in one sentence: A high-flying lawyer f*cks up royally and runs away, pretending to be a house cleaner to escape her old life.
Why it's a favourite: I read this when I was at school and nearly cried with laughter. I always remember it for that reason alone.

What are some of your favourites?

C x


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