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26 January 2016

Books I've Read and Loved




I go through stages of being a total book worm and reading whenever I have the chance, to not reading a book whatsoever for weeks.  Nonetheless, throughout the past couple of years I have gone through quite a great selection of books, all of which are of different genres whether it be a romance, action or a thriller.

Despite the odd few stories that have left me disappointed, this blog post will focus mainly on a small range of books I have personally chosen to share with you all that I have loved and recommend for you all to read.


Billy and Me - Giovanna Fletcher

Blurb:
Sophie May has a secret.  One that she's successfully kept for years.  It's meant that she's had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then she meets the gorgeous Bill - an actor with ambitions to make it to the top.  And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.
Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from the attention, Can she handle the constant scrutiny that come with being with Billy?  And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

I've read this book twice, once in 2013 when the book was first released as Giovannas debut novel and again in 2015.  My mums always telling me to throw out some of my books but I never let her take this one, it is possibly one of my favourite stories ever.  It had me screaming, laughing, crying and throwing the book across the room (totally normal, right?).  Each time I finished reading this book I was sad to know that it had come to an end, so sad that I actually tweeted Gi asking for a sequel both times!  If you see this book in a shop don't hesitate to pick it up, it'll have you hooked.


The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Blurb:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.  But when a gorgeous plot twist names Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

I have a total love hate relationship with this book.  I would never have picked it up if my friends hadn't nagged me to read it, mainly because I don't like reading about things like this - it's upsetting.  However, John Green writing this book made me and a lot more people more aware about Cancer and its tragedies and I respect him for that.  This book was raved about by practically everyone, especially during the time the film was released (a film that had me sobbing in the cinema might I add).  It is utterly heartbreaking with a beautiful love story.  If you haven't read it yet, give it a go because you'll be surprised.


The Divergent Series - Veronica Roth

Series Summary:
The society of the trilogy defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions, which removes the threat of anyone exercising independent will and threatening the population's safety.  Beatrice Prior, who later changed her name to Tris, an Abnegation-born and Dauntless transfer, must figure out her life as a Divergent, while concealing her true nature, and living with the danger of being killed if it is discovered by the Erudite and Dauntless leaders.

I first started reading these books in 2013 after receiving the first published two for my 12th birthday.  I remember reading them both in a couple of months which I think is pretty good for a 12 year old, in October Allegiant was released and I went out and purchased it straight away.  I loved these books. I always used to talk about them to my friend Kate who soon went on to read them herself.  The first Divergent film came out in 2014 and I really didn't like it, Shailene Woodley is the last person I would have imagined to play Tris and each time I watch the film I just saw her as Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars movie.  All in all, I wish they had a complete re casting so I would love the film as much as I love the books.


To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Blurb:
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this enchanting classic - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Throughout the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humor the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.
The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice.
But the weight of history will only tolerate so much...
To Kill a Mockingbird.

I first read this book in English class last year (year 9) and practically fell in love with the story line.  I was so intrigued and wanted to read it all so I went out and purchased it myself and read ahead of the whole class.  It is such a likeable book that teaches readers about troubles of racism at that time, it made me enjoy English a lot more for the short period we studied it in.  I do in fact own Go Set a Watchman, the sequal to TKAM, and proudly purchased it the day it came out,  but sadly I haven't gotten around to read it yet otherwise I'm certain it would be in this post.  If you haven't already read To Kill a Mockingbird I highly recommend it, it is an all time classic and will make a great addition to your book collection.


The Maze Runner Series - James Dashner

Book One Blurb:
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name.  But he's not alone.  He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.  Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside.  All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

I've always loved books like this.  The action in the story seems so real and the events that take place have me reading for hours on end.  If anyone ever asked me what my favourite book series was I would straight up say The Maze Runners mainly due to the fascinating characters who all have different background stories to tell and the amazing plot that seems so well thought out.  I find myself in another world whilst reading these books, I am completely oblivious to my surroundings.  I've heard a lot of people question this series because they've heard from others that it is very similar to The Hunger Games which I partly disagree with.  The only similarities the two share is the characters age range; both teenagers/ young adults and the way they are both 'trapped' in an area of a sort.  Whether you like The Hunger Games or not, I highly recommend these books.  FYI my favourite character is Newt;)

Let me know what your favourite book is!

Keep smiling:)
Love Abbey xx

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