Ever since I was a child I have loved getting lost in the world of a book. My love affair with reading started with a, dare I say, obsession with Jacqueline Wilson books when I was in middle school. I adored reading her books, her stories were so simple and easy to become lost in. Since then my taste has developed to a wide range of books from classic literature, American Classics and back to Fiction and Autobiographical reads.
Getting lost in a world created by another is one of life’s simple pleasures that I think should be spoken about more! There is nothing better than snuggling up under a blanket with a cup of tea a new book, losing yourself, wrapping yourself up in the characters dramas and heartbreaks and even laughing and enjoying their successes. I find no greater pleasure, especially recently, than to read and buy books. Walking around a book shop, exploring and finding hidden treasures that you didn’t even know existed is so special, so precious.
So, I have decided to list my top 5 books that I have read so far. This list changes and grows each day, however, these are books I go back to time and time again and can’t help but be just as mystified, enchanted and mesmerized as I was when I first opened their covers, smelling the sweet aroma of a new book and knowing I was about to be taken on a whole new journey…
The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I can remember the first time I lost myself in the world of J. Gats. I entered into lavish parties in the heights of the prohibition and found myself falling in love with the simplicity that ran through the story that unfolded.
This book is based on the life of J Gatsby, how he rose to new heights of fame and fortune through his questionable professions as well as uncovering the truth behind his ambition and prosperity. This love story is both magical and tragic, you become trapped in the whirlwind of Gatsby and his next door neighbor Nick Carraway who narrates the story. If you are looking for something easy, beautiful and truly enchanting to read then read this stunning book. I go back time and time again and get wrapped up in the world of Gatsby time and time again.
The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern.
When I first opened this book on my commute into work I had no idea what I was being let in for. This was the first book in many years that had me completely hooked from the first chapter. I was completely obsessed with the idea of the beautiful night circus, the black and silver shimmering tents, the smells and sights of the treats that were scattered around the venue and the majesty of the performances that were taking place.
The Night Circus is a tale of magic, fantasy, love, loss and exploration. It is truly stunning. If you enjoy books that hook you and don’t leave you then you will truly fall in love with this tail. It is beautiful and extremely easy to miss your stop one, or maybe two, times in a commute to work. The characters, plot twists and magic that follows you from the beginning are truly enchanting, this is the perfect book to take to a coffee shop on a rainy Sunday, drinking chai lattes and eating chocolate cake to fully immerse yourself in the mystifying world created by Erin.
Disclaimer ~ Renee Knight
I entered into a bookshop and had no idea what treasure I would find. This book promised to be a psychological thriller with incredible plot twists and it did not fail to deliver. I picked it up, bought it and had no idea what brilliant and shocking world I was about to be blindly thrown into…
This book is based on a woman named Catherine and a secret she has kept hidden for many years. The story unfolds slowly, tiny nuggets of information being reveled at a time to keep you completely hooked. You want, no, need to know what the story is, how Catherine is involved and why she is so petrified for this to become known.. It starts with a book. A book Catherine finds on her beside table with a different kind of plot. The plot is her life, and her secret is reveled for all to see in black and white on the pages. This is a tale of heartache, loss, secrets and love. If you love a story that takes you down pathways you never thought possible, pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ~ J.K. Rowling.
As a child my Dad had tried and tried to read me this series of books but it had failed miserably. I was too obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson to even care about any other author. However, I wrote a list of books around a year ago that I wanted to try and this was top of my list.
Although the story line is rather simple and easy to follow, I had loved the films so much it was inevitable that I would therefore fall completely in love with the book series. It follows Harry’s story from his childhood with his horrid Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon to his shiny new world at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Everyone and their mum has heard of Harry Potter, so I won’t go into details. However, if you have not read these books then I urge you to. They are beautifully written, you get completely lost in Harry’s world of adventure, mystery and magic and, in all honesty, you regain some of your childlike wonder you may have lost.
Catcher in the Rye ~ J.D. Salinger
When I was 16 my sister gifted me with this book. She had read it at school for her GCSE English Literature and fell in love with the story and so she passed it’s beauty onto me. I cherished it as soon as I saw it because my sister had given it to me, I knew it would enchant me just as much as it captured her.
This is a book based on an adolescent boy travelling home after being kicked out of school. The story reveals new nuggets of information throughout and you slowly but surely learn more about his character and why he behaves in the way he does. This story is not as carefree and easy to be lost in as others I have mentioned, however, it is well worth a read. It is easy to get lost in Holden’s world and I urge you to go and lose yourself in it if you haven’t already.
So there you have it, 5 books that I return to time and time again. They are all equally beautiful, enchanting and fantastic reads. Go grab yourself a cup of tea, come biscuits and lose yourself in a good novel. You won’t regret it, I promise you.