Books have always had a really big presence in my life. They were my escape as a child and they still hold that same comforting feeling for me today. They are the place I go when I can’t actually leave. My adventure from my arm chair! I love fictional stories about magical creatures, fairies, Kings and queens and everything fantasy. I read a lot of books that have been put in the Young Adult category and occasionally I will pick up something historical. I have read a lot of good books and there is no way I could make a complete list of all the books that I loved in my 20’s. So we’ll call this
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
I think that I would recommend any of the books by Philippa Gregory. She makes you feel like you’re really learning something about history, while entertaining you with stories of beautiful princesses and the Princes that love them. She bring the battles to life and makes you feel like you have been invited to court.
When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.
The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
I’m sure your thinking “well I read that one when I was a kid”. I know I did. In Grade 5 actually. That was a long time ago now and I’ll be honest, I forgot a lot of the little details. The Whole Lord of the Rings series is totally worth the re read!
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
The Curious Incident With the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
This is one of my favourite books to recommend. The story is so captivating and the characters make you want to love them. It also gives you a great insight into the mind of a boy with autism.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
This book is by far my favourite Non Fiction book ever. It combines by love for the post apocolyptic theories and the science of what will actually happen. It explores the whats if, one day, all the people were just gone, and what would come of the world that we leave behind. So cool!
In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us.In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.
A walk Across The Sun – Corban Addison
This one goes deep and get’s really real. It follows a young girl in India, who gets dragged into the sex trade after a tsunami destroys her town. It’s a bit graphic, but it gives you a better understand of what is actually happening to our girls.
When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
That’s all for list #1 – Keep checking back with us for list #2!
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