Monday, 7 May 2012

My favourite Books

Hey guys,
I was reading one of my favourite blogs Katie's Beauty Blog and saw she had done a post about her favourite books, this inspired me to do a post to share my favourite books with you. If you didn't all already know I am a massive bookworm, I always have been and I probably always will be :) Now it was really hard to pick just 6 favourites but I somehow managed it. Drumroll please...

1) American Gods - Neil Gaiman

This is my all time favourite book and he is possibly my favourite author. He wrote the books that the films Startdust and Coraline are based on. but this is his best book in my opinion. I don't have a picture of the copy I own as it isn't with me at uni.

The books's main theme is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. There is a lot about how Immigrants to the United States brought with them mythical creatures from other cultures dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods so america is one big cauldron of gods and beliefs. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people's beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America's obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among others.

2) Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

This was porobaly one of the first serious books I read and I remember feeling very grow up once I had finished it. The book is set in a world like ours but where there is a huge class divide between white people and black people (Noughts and Crosses). The white people are treated like second class citizens (having just been freed from slavery) whereas the black people hold all the wealth and the power. The book tells a story of a white boy and black girl struggling to be together in this society a bit like modern day Romeo and Juliette.

3) Eragon - Christopher Paolini

I started reading this series when I was a teenager, there are four books in total the last of which came out at the end of last year. I got the last book which is called inheritance for Christmas but I have not got round to reading it due to the fact my entire Christmas list was basically just books. However the first three were amazing It's quite a few years since I first read Eragon and I'm still addicted to them. the book is set in another world called Alaglaisia and is based around a boy named Eragon finding a dragon egg and becoming a dragon rider. It is a fantasy book and probabky aimed at people in their late teens however I would recommend these books to everyone.

4) The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

I origionally found this book through "Waterstones recomends" and I've got to be honest it was the blurb that sold it to me, it just intriged me so much and as you can probably see I am a great lover of fantasy.

Blurb: ‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me’

The book lived up to the blurb, I loved it. The book itself tells in detail the story of Kvothe however this book is one of many in a series so this book is from him being born to his teenage years. I have the next book but it will have to wait its turn on my long list of books I want to read.

5) The House at Riverton - Kate Morton

Now I am a sucker for these types of books. I've read so many that I've lost count. this particular one has to be my favoutrite though. 
The House at Riverton is set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever. it is told in flashback by an old woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.
 I love the books with a secret at the end because they are so hard to put down. I love period novels as well so for me this book had everything. 

6) Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

have done a review of these books already here, but I'm going to do one again concentrating on only the books.
This is another series and so far I own five books, and I am in the middle of reading the third book. I am also watching the TV series as well but I am trying to stay a good distance ahead of it in the books. These are the most recent books I've read on this list, but they are fast becoming one of my favourtie fantasy series. They are set in the fictional land of Westeros and follow the lives of the highborn families and their fight for power. One of my favourite things about this book is how it is structured. Each chapter is told from the point of view of different characters in different places over the land. This keeps the reader from getting too bored with a certain character and gives the writer freedom to move around the world as he pleases.
I would definitely recommend reading the books especially if you are a fan of the TV series.

I hope you liked reading this post, I really enjoyed writing it and remembering all the good books i have read :). reading is something that is very important to me and I hope that this post has inspired you to read some of the great books on this list. Again I am really sorry that none of the pictures used are of my own copies as I do own every book on this list, there just isn't room at uni to store books I have already read.

Soon I am going to do a post about books that are on my "to read list" do you think you would be interested in reading that?

Has anyone read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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  1. Hi!

    This is a really great idea for a post, I may just have to do something similar :P

    I like you love to read, infact, it is so bad I was up until 4:30 am reading this morning...I had to tell myself to put the book down and get some sleep.

    I'm glad you mentioned Neil Gaiman, I was only on about him last night in the library to my friend, saying how I want to try some of his books.

    I have the other book by Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden but I haven't yet had chance to read it.

    I think I posted something on one of your previous posts about Game of Thrones so I won't go on about that and how much I'm dying to read them!

    Great post :D

    Amy x

    1. You should definitely read Neil Gaiman I would recommend American Gods and Anansi Boys. I never read the forgotten garden but I do own one of her other books called the distant hours I think it was good but not as good as her first one. I'm really glad you liked the post :) xxx

  2. hey girlie! i found your blog on bloghop & wanted to say hi! newest bloggy friend/follower!

    say hi back sometime and become one of mine as well?


  3. I have not read any of these - I am a total bookworm myself so I LOVE reading posts like this and getting recommendations. A Game of Thrones & Eragon are both currently idly sitting on my Kindle awaiting their turn it by read.
    Picking 6 favourites is hard for me too but I would probably have to go with:
    1. The catcher in the rye 2. Tess of d'urbervilles 3. The book thief 4. 11/23/66 5. Gone with the wind & 6. Everything by David Sedaris!

    1. I really want a kindle, but definitely read Eragon and game of thrones, Eragon is quite a nice relaxing read as well so I'd advise that one first :). I started reading the book thief but I some how lost the book I still really want to read it! xxxx

  4. Definitely a great post!

    I love getting book recommendations from other bloggers - I've added both American Gods and the A Game of Thrones series to my reading list! :-D


    1. Yay :), let me know what you think of them if you read them. xxxx

  5. I love Noughts and Crosses, it makes me cry though.

    Lucy Loves To Blog

    1. Omg it's so sad. I still can't read it without crying, in fact I have avoided reading it again for ages because I don't want to cry. xxx

  6. hey :) this was such a lovely post to read and a great idea! i may have to do something similar but i know i would struggle so much to pick only six favourites.

    noughts and crosses was one of the first 'proper' books that i read too. i've read it a few times since because i think that it's so well-written and the story is so captivating. it makes a really good transitional book from childrens to adults literature :)

    i like the sound of american gods. i'm putting it on my 'to-read' list...



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