Top 6 Books/Series To Read

Hey guys, so, today I discovered that it was World Book Day yesterday! I’m so sad that I didn’t realise sooner! I mean, it’s only a day late but I wish I could have acknowledged it properly yesterday but I think I got caught up a little with having 200 followers and studying and things like that. However, I have decided I’m going to catch-up today, I am going to write a blog post on my top 6 books/book series that you should totally read! It’s not going to be 6 individual books and 6 book series because I’m not sure I have 6 individual favourite books… that’s a lie, I probably do haha! Anyway, let’s see how it goes.

1. Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life By Maureen McCarthy:

I think I’ve mentioned this in other posts before but this book is my favourite book of all time. Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to re-read it because it’s quite long and I’ve been reading other things but this book is incredible! It’s an Australian Classic and it’s about three university students in their first year. They’ve all moved into an apartment together and despite being from completely different backgrounds and basically completely different worlds they all have to get along and live together for three years. The reason I love this book so much is because it’s completely based on reality. This might not appeal to other people but there is nothing overly dramatic or unbelievable, yes, there are dramatic moments but they’re all things that could happen in real life, for example, someone cheating on you, a relative getting sick etc. and it’s just about three really relatable young women trying to find a way in the world. It’s great, I would highly recommend.

2. Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson:

This is my second favourite book ever, again, nothing overly dramatic happens. Well, it’s kind of dramatic. It’s a book about two girls; Sloane is very much an extrovert, she gets on with everyone, is really energetic and enthusiastic, loves to go to parties etc. and her best friend, Emily, is a bit shy and doesn’t really get on in a party environment and is a bit awkward, a wallflower. Then one summer Sloane disappears, leaving behind a to-do list (bucket list) of things for Emily. Things that Emily would never dream of doing, that make her nervous and scared. Things that she would only do with her best friend. If Emily completes the list will her best friend come back? Whilst it sounds like a big kind of Pretty Little Liars type mystery, it’s really not. Sorry to disappoint. It’s a really funny, really summery and happy novel about a shy girl finding her way in the world, finally finding her own feet and coming out of her shell and it’s just a fantastic read for a summers day. Or if you miss the summer and want to be back there again. I definitely think I’m going to try and re-read it this summer.

3. The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series By Maggie Stiefvater:

This is one of my favourite trilogies, even now and I read it when I was… 11-12? I think the ideas in the story are so unique and I just love the characters. The main couple in it are absolute goals. The trilogy consists of; Shiver, Linger and Forever. It is a series about werewolves. And a girl that falls in love with one of them. I know you’re thinking ‘how are the ideas unique?’ basically, and this isn’t giving anything away, the werewolves are only wolves in the winter. They transform into actual wolves and then in the summer they remain human until it gets cold again. I just think it’s a truly great idea and really adds a twist onto the story, because it’s a whole season (and a half?) when they’re not human. They don’t transform into humans once unless they get hurt dramatically. There’s lots of drama throughout the trilogy. Some truly amazing characters that I can’t help but fall in love with. It’s just great. There’s also a spin-off book called Sinner about one of my favourite characters from the books, which I also own and which is also amazing. I would highly recommend these books if you’re someone who loves anything supernatural and you’re dying for a new werewolf series to sink your teeth into – I would say reading them in the winter or cold nights are the best because it’s great to be able to snuggle under a blanket and read this great series but it really doesn’t matter when you read it, it just gives you a nice cosy and warm feeling and a sense of winter when reading it, I don’t really know why. Isn’t it amazing how books can do that though?

4. The Maze Runner Series By James Dashner:

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t mentioned this series enough on my blog, is it? But, I’m going to mention it again. I read the first book a couple of years ago now and absolutely loved it! I still remember the chilling feeling’s I got from reading it. There’s this one scene that is truly awful, it’s absolutely horrible to read and really well written and I remember reading it at night before bed because I was so gripped and I read that ‘scene’ and I was like, ‘how am I going to be able to sleep now? Just how?’, I did manage to sleep but I think I read for a couple more hours. There are so many great scenes in the first book. The second book, The Scorch Trials, I have to admit wasn’t as good as the other books in the series. I felt like there wasn’t as much going on but boy did it have it’s moments. When there was drama there was drama, there were moments when I just couldn’t understand why I was doing this to myself or why James Dashner had written this because there were some real twists and horrific moments! The third book in the series, The Death Cure, I absolutely cannot fault it. I cannot recall a single moment when I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, the story was really fasted paced, really dramatic, full of action, and also one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read in my entire life. No lie. I’ve never cried at a book, and this didn’t make me cry either but boy I wanted to. I don’t know why I don’t seem to cry at books but I just don’t. However, there were multiple scenes in this book when I could feel my heart aching, like, it was actually painful to read the book at times because it was so sad. If you’ve read the book you will completely know what I’m talking about. But, there’s something that happens and James Dashner doesn’t just make it sad, he takes it to a whole new level. A level that destroys your soul (if you believe in souls.). And then there are two prequels. The first one is The Kill Order, which I haven’t read. The second is The Fever Code which was so amazing! And oh my god the twists! It destroyed my life a little bit. If you’ve watched the films, whether you’ve liked them or not, read the books. They won’t let you down.

5. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell:

I’m not sure if this is actually in my top 6 but it is a book I read quite recently and absolutely loved! But there are so many great books I’ve read. Just some of them were a long time ago and I remember reading them and liking them but not how much I liked them. I absolutely loved this book! I think one of the reasons is because I could see a few similarities with Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life but it was just really refreshing. I love how the author told two stories in one. Basically, it’s about two identical twins Cath and Wren. They are both starting university and moving into dorms etc. Wren is the party-girl, the popular one, the one that likes to be social. Cath would much rather stay in and read a good book, study or write her fanfiction. Cath’s fanfiction is where the two stories come into it, the author has cleverly laid out the chapters in such a way that we both get to read about Cath and her life and also get to read her fanfiction as she writes it. So, we’re being entertained by two stories which is just great! I love that about the book. As an avid reader, writer and hard-working studier. I can completely relate to Cath, also, as hard as it might be to believe I am actually quite a shy and awkward person. I just feel like she’s a really well written character, entering a big and scary new chapter of her life that everyone gets anxious about and this is just a really good, down-to-earth and relatable book. I would highly recommend reading it!

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:

I was originally only going to write about 5 books for this post but then I remembered this book that I read relatively recently and I know they’re turning it into a film this year and I just had to write about it. I know I wrote about it in a favourites post quite a while ago, but I’m going to mention it again. Everything, Everything is about a girl who is quite literally allergic to the world. She has to live in an air-tight, sterile house so she doesn’t get sick and die. Her only friends are her mother and her live-in nurse. When she gets new neighbours she can’t help but be intrigued by the new boy next door. She wants to get to know him. But how does someone get to know another when they can’t leave the house? This book had such an original storyline and everyone was raving about it so I couldn’t help but read it. It was so amazing! Beyond anything I ever thought it would be. It’s also got the biggest twist of any book ever, I think. I would highly recommend reading this book, be open-minded and prepared for absolutely anything.

And there we have it, a list of some of my favourite books. I really want to re-read them all now! Maybe I will. Maybe this summer or sooner I will re-read all of the books in this list because I just love them all so much! They’re just truly incredible books. Make sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you did for World Book Day and some of your favourite books – maybe you can even suggest some to me!

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