Reading: the ultimate form of escapism. Any good book will have you lost in its pages, not wanting to put it down. Nothing beats the time spent with a good book and a mug of tea. Although, I must admit that I don’t spend as much time reading as I’d like to. I love any book that allows me to visualise the characters, to feel what they’re feeling and shed a tear every now and again. It’s like you become part of the story; the pages inviting you in and asking you along for the ride.
Sometimes the vast choice of books can seem overwhelming but fear not! Here’s my 5 favourite page-turners to help you choose what to read next! I’ve also included my favourite quote from each book to give you a little heads up of what literary masterpieces await you.
Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher
The most beautiful story told in the most tasteful way. It’s a story about love, loss and growing up. Throughout the story we see Sophie grow from a shy small town girl into a strong confident woman who’s running her own business. Not only that, but we see her have to navigate some pretty big storms and come out stronger than ever before. There’s some pretty big character development going on here! I read the whole book in one night because I simply could not put it down, it’s just that good! Giovanna has also treated us to two sequels (Christmas with Billy and Me and Always With Love) so there’s so much more of the story to still be explored!
You’ve got to make the most of life and not let these little opportunities pass you by. Before you know it you’ll be old and wrinkly like me and wishing you’d done more. Just make sure you’re happy.
The One We Fell In Love With- Paige Toon
Three sisters, one boy- whatever could go wrong? It’s a story about love. But it’s also a story about loss. It’s a real tearjerker! Each chapter is from the perspective of a different sister so you get to view the story from different perspectives. It’s such an easy book to read and one that makes you want to read on. I’ll admit I only bought the book because it was on a 2 for £7 deal but I’m so glad I bought it because it’s a brilliant read!
Prince Charming doesn’t always come in the package you’re expecting. when you met someone you really really like- possibly likely love- then you’d be stupid not to see where it leads
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
Hands down the best book I’ve read in a LOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNG time! It’s a book that drip feeds you information and makes you desperate to know more. Throughout the book, Eleanor really grows and you really see her start to heal from the things that she’s been through. All the way through the book we learn about how we treat other who are hurting and going through things. I think in someway, maybe we’ve all been a little bit like Eleanor at some point, clinging on to past hurts, and that’s why the book is so relatable to so many.
Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you deal with things
Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
If you thought the film was good, then you’ll LOVE the book! I quickly learnt that reading it by the pool on holiday was a bad idea. Make sure you have your tissues ready for this one because it’s #totesemosh. Reading the book actually made me hate the film a little bit because there’s so much more information given that makes the story more detailed. After reading the book, I don’t know whether I could watch the film again. There’s also a sequel which is brilliant too!
If you’re going to wear a dress like that you need to wear it with confidence. You need to fill it out mentally as well as physically
Harry Potter (all of them)- J K Rowling
Anyone who knows me knows that Harry Potter always has been and always will be my favourite books. There’s something about the magic within the pages that I find enticing. Each character brings a different something to the story and I’m so here for it. Ron brings humour, Neville brings the biggest glow up in literary history and Dumbledore brings wisdom (you can read my blog about Dumbledore’s wisdom here). Honestly, you cannot beat a little bit of Harry Potter!
Are there any books that you’ve been unable to put down? If so share them with me in the comments below as I’m always on the lookout for new books!