Today I wanted to share a blog post dedicated to the five books I enjoyed reading very much. Ever since last year I rediscovered my love for reading (mostly) novels, which is a nice change from the usual university literature. I really enjoy putting all electronics away just to read from actual paper and ink, I feel like that is something we do way to little nowadays. Having an ereader is probably so much more convenient than a hardcopy, but I find that the whole experience of reading a book comes with the smell, feel and sometimes even the weight of the book. For now I very much want to keep experiencing that package deal.
The following five books are also ones that I've read quite recently, I will try to briefly explain the stories (no spoilers I promise) and why I liked reading these books so much. (In no particular order)
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - John Green, oh John Green did you make my cry. First the tears started flowing whilst reading the book and then they got even worse when I saw the beautiful movie that really did the book justice. A sad, sad lovestory that isn't a cheesy one at all. The Fault in our Stars put Amsterdam in a different perspective, which I really want to thank John Green for. The fact that the city wasn't linked to the drugs and prostitutes was a first for me and instantly made me fall in love with this story even more. The story is told by Hazel Grace, a young lung cancer patient. It sounds really sad but actually it's not told in a very saddening way, the plot is just really heartbreaking. That's all you'll get from me ;)
WE WERE LIARS - I might be cheating a bit with this one since I'm still reading, without even being halfway through this book I already know it's going to be good. Right from the start you just know something is off, something is going to happen however it's also not very obvious what or how this will happen. Mystery is all I can say for now. I've heard great reviews about this one though so my expectations are real!
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER - What's not to like about a quite, shy and sensitive guy who's having a hard time in high school but eventually becomes friends with really cool people who help him discover himself a bit better. The whole story is told by letter written by the main character to (most likely) himself. At first this structure makes it hard to really get into the story, but the whole setting is just so relatable that you really start to 'bond' with the characters. I must admit that I enjoyed watching the movie a bit better, since it helped me understand the book even better. The only thing I dislike is that they didn't really centre the movie around the include letters, which is basically what makes this story so special I guess. Overall I can really recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, especially if you didn't really enjoy going to high school that much.
IT - Alexa Chung, what's not to love about her? She's got amazing style in all areas, seems to be living the good life and totally makes being 30 look so damn cool! That and I just love her voice so much. Alright girl crush hour is over. This is pretty much an inspiration book of all things that mean something to Alexa. Flicking through the pages, looking at the beautiful photography or illustrations and reading her comments is just really interesting and inspired me a lot. Whenever I have a it of a writers block, basically and everything-block you can just open this book and clear your mind a bit. This will also make a lovely gift for a friend that knows Alexa and likes her style.
INSURGENT - From the Divergent trilogy this much be my favourite one. In this book most action takes place, there are so many tense moments and Tris, the main character as well as Tobias (Four) discover so many things about their city and their lives. A book full of shocks I would say. This part of the trilogy definitely tells the story best in my opinion, I feel like the first part was really to explain the situation whereas the last part tried to give us somewhat of a closure.
Have you read any of these books? I'd love to know what your favourite book is, make sure to tell me in the comments below!
Lots of Love,