I know it sounds like a rather general but bold statement, but it is something I've been wondering about for a while now. It's rather frustrating as a fellow book-enthusiast that so many people (especially my age!) don't seem to read anymore!
Time is an issue that I have with reading. Sometimes I have that much university reading to do or it just gets too late that I'm falling asleep reading it (also a sign of a bad book!) but I tend to try and read every night. One of the main problems I have, which I actually saw a "meme" of, is that I can't read a new book because I'm still living in the old book. That's recently just happened to me.
Anyway, for those of you who are thinking of reading, or aren't sure what to read next, or even for those of you who don't read, I would like you to pick up at least one of the books below and just try it. I promise you! These are just some of the best books I've read, there's many more out there for me to discover!
Now, I'm gonna recommend some books for you to read. They're not gonna be in an order, just 10 of the top books I've read that I've either red again or I thoroughly enjoyed. I was going to write the summary, but I'm hoping that my opinion on them is enough for you to at least google them!
Gemma's recommended reading list for you:
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Normally, this isn't the type of thing I would personally choose. It was actually on my english reading list at college as we were studying The Kite Runner. But OH. MY. It is an incredible book! Honestly. It had be SOBBING. And it takes a lot for me to cry, especially at a book. It's so moving and definitely one that will make you think and maybe even change your perceptions. I know it changed my opinion over the whole thing. I've read it easily 4 times now, practically every year since I first read it, and I still find something new that I forget about in the pages.
2. The Hunger Games (Book series) by Suzanne Collins. Typically, this is aimed at the teenage audience but I'm in love with this series! The films are good, but you can never beat the original book! Another series that's full of surprises, twists and ultimately (especially if you know the story from the films) death. However, don't let it put you off. It does have it's grim moments, in fact it's just another book where I've cried - but I won't spoil it, but I cannot stop reading them. Every time I've read them, I'm living in that world for ages afterwards. I just wish there were more to come!
3. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Another one that I wouldn't normally have read but I went through a phase of loving pirates (you can't beat a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean - oo argh!). It is a really great read. It has things that I must admit can be predictable but it had me glued to the pages anyway! I think that because I was in my early teens when I read this, I sort of fancied myself as being "Bloody Jack" if I lived back in those days. But it's stuck in my mind out of all the books I've read so it must have had something special... Which reminds me, I wonder if I should read it again...
4. I Am Number Four (Book series) by Pittacus Lore. Wow. I LOVE this series. In fact, I still have yet to read the latest one! But I borrowed them from a friend and now I'm saving up to buy the whole lot and re-read them again. This is the latest book I've just read and I can't pick up another one yet because I still want to live in that world. It even made me buy the film (which REALLY isn't as good as the books in the slightest! But good in it's own right I guess). It's a fabulous read, filled with action at every step and has some very surprising twists again. Addicted to this series and I'm not usually one for the whole sci-fi route.
5. Eragon (Book series) by Christopher Paolini. These were turned into a film too and although the film was good, you just really can't get a sense of the character's journey without reading the books. I will admit, they are a bit slow-going, but incredible! The satisfaction (and slight misery at finishing them!) when I read the last page was just too good. If you have the time I recommend you at least read the first one to check them out. It has some good plot twists and some great characters! I remember reading these in my mid-teens and wishing I could be in the story (cringe!) but that just shows how good they were.
6. Twilight (Book series) by Stephanie Meyer. Oh I know! Before you say anything, I'm a girl, they came out during my teens and it was hard to not try them out! But they were a really addictive read. I think I've read the whole series at least five times and I still never tire of them. I also have the DVD series and it's nice when the films actually follow the books as closely as they can. They did a great job, both on paper and on the screen. Team Jacob!
7. I Heart ... (Book series) by Lindsey Kelk. These were actually bargain book buys from a small store in Lincoln. I got them randomly and they became an obsession. I'm still looking out to buy the one(s) I don't have. They're the usual romance read but I love Lindsey's writing style. I can't help but want to read on because her characters are so ... real. She writes from the heart (no pun intended) and it's a nice, light story to make you feel good before you go to sleep. I even remember reading one and trying to yell at the character what they should do! Needless to say, she didn't listen. Expect the plot twists in this one!
8. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I sobbed like I've never sobbed before at this book. Again, it's another book that got made into a film (which I also cried to!) but my Auntie actually recommended I read it, not just watch it. She was so right. This has to be one of the most memorable books I've read about family, especially sisters. I hugged my sister so much when I was reading this - she probably wondered what I was after! But a very moving, touching story which is uplifting and strangely happy in it's own right. Not one to take on holiday, defo one to read when you're home alone where no one else can see you sob your heart out!
9. How To Fall In Love by Cecilia Ahern. Cecilia is one of mine and my sister's favourite authors. In fact, she favourited my tweet on this particular book and I jumped around my living room and told everyone (rather embarrassing there!). But she is a wonderful writer and though I was a bit reluctant to read this one because of what it was about, I'm so so glad I gave it a chance. Despite it's sort of depressing blurb, it actually made me laugh, cry, get angry and all sorts. A really good read and one that I would recommend, especially if you like the romance stories.
10. Bad Girls (Book series) by Rebecca Chance. These were another set of books I got at the local book store. I got them on the off chance because I liked the sound of them but they were pretty good. They do have a little bit of sexy stuff going on but aside from that it's a really good story and I never got bored reading them! Cue more plot twists and certainly a lot of drama! Well, it is about girls after all!
Now, even though those are just some of the books that really jumped out at me to write about, I know I'm gonna look back and get mad at myself for not saying this book or that book. It doesn't help that I'm not allowed to bring all of my books with me to uni, so I don't even have the covers as inspirations! But honestly, reading has helped me with my imagination and creativity in so many ways! And it's actually been a release for me when I just want to leave my world for a bit and go somewhere else.
Above all, if you don't do anything else this next week, just try and pick up a book - it can be on anything by anyone - and just give it a go. You never know, you might just become a bookworm like me!