As much as I love to blog about beauty products and fashion, I also try and mix it up a bit. If you've read my blog for a while, I try to put in bits and bobs of my life such as days out, baking and a few memorable (ridiculous) stories.
One of the things I utterly love, and have done since I was young, is reading. I adore nothing more than getting lost in an amazing book, racing to finish it before I have to go to asleep, itching to know the ending and willing myself not to skip to the end just to take a quick peak.
My bookshelf is filled with wonderful, weird and downright wacky books so it was incredibly hard for me to pick a few favourites, because to be honest, I could read every book on my shelf and enjoy it (otherwise they wouldn't be there!)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't love every book. Sometimes I can't even finish them because I find it so tedious and not my cup of tea. And, of course, I do have an ultimate favourite book which out shines anything I have ever read thus far.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is that book. I will tell anyone who listens to read it. I first came upon when I was in school and we had to read it for a project or something or other. As usual, most kids in the class were not feeling it and moaned, groaned and dragged their way through it. Not me, oh no. I was truly enthralled with this amazing piece of literature.
'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930's in the deep south of Alabama. It deals with racism, ineqaulity, different ideals and the life of a young girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer and has to deal with a very difficult case. The story shows the ins and outs of understanding racism of that time, Scout's puppy love and falling outs with her brother, Jem.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is another favourite of mine. It is the only novel the poet ever wrote before her suicide in the 60's. It delves in to the mind of mental illness, depression and generally just...being. It is said that parts of the book are based on Plath's personal experiences throughout her life and her difficult struggle with depression. Not only does it deal with mental illness, but with friendship and love.
I was utterly fascinated by it when I first read it, picturing ever small and minute detail, creating the whole scenario in my head as if it was a real tale, with real people. I think that's what a great book does, puts you somewhere as if you're living it.
Honorable mentions also go to:
The entire Harry Potter series which I am obsessed with and can read over and over again (I really need to give these books back to my friend!), Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, Luella's Guide to English Style, Post Secret by Warren Frank and Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger.
I got a kindle for Christmas which I also use for reading (although to be honest, I've mainly been using it for twitter and games!)
I haven't accumulated too many books yet, although I am a fan of the free books and the 20p books!
So far on my kindle I have 44 and 44 part 2 by Jools Sinclar, Wonder by R.J Palacio, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (loving this book!)
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick.
This isn't even my book, it's Craigs. I bought it him for his birthday last year since he expressed an interest in it. I started reading it before him, when he first opened it (woops) and it really took me in. Unfortunately, Craig then wanted to read it and because it was his present I had to let go. However, he's finally finished it so back in my mitts it goes!
I love history, and I am really interested with North Korea (who isn't really?). This book tells the true tales of defectors, those that have escaped North Korea in to South Korea or China. The stories are fascinating, and almost unbelievable because they are so far away from what lives we live. A definite read if you find anything like this interesting!
What are your favourite books?