The past few years have been my best years for finding books that I like. I read all of the remaining A Song of Ice and Fire books – I had only read up to the third one – I read all of the Mara Dyer series, Gone Girl, Still Alice and Room. Gone Girl topped the lot for me. The prose and the mystery, the characters and the use of unreliable narrator made me compelled to read it as quick as I could. But ever since then, I’ve really hit a stumbling block of finding a book to top it. Which is why I had a spending spree on Amazon and bought five books.
- Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, £5.59.
If you guys haven’t heard about this show, I can only imagine that you’ve been in some sort of no-internet zone as everyone and their Mother has been discussing it. You can find my thoughts on it here. Even though I don’t agree with a lot of the plot-points, I heard that the book was quite different. This is the one that I’m currently reading and I am enjoying it (if that’s even the right word) but the hopping narrative voice between Clay and Hannah is somewhat confusing.
The plot centres around Clay Jensen who finds himself holding the last words of his friend and crush, Hannah Baker, in the palm of his hand. Literally. She recorded every reason why she sadly killed herself onto a set of cassette tapes and left them for her friends to hear and to find out if they, too, are a cause to her untimely death.
2. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, £6.99.
I’ll be honest in saying that I didn’t even read the blurb for this book. I just saw the author’s name and added it to my basket straight away. Gillian Flynn is the author of Gone Girl and has such a vivid style to her prose that I was automatically sold. I would recommend her books to anyone who enjoys crisp, clean writing.
The narrative, much like Gone Girl is quite dark in the fact that it addresses themes such as obsession, murder and child arrests. If you like a good mystery, Gillian Flynn knows how to craft words and leave her audience in awe of her brilliant plot twists.
3. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver, £5.59.
I’ve seen the film adaptation of this book but I haven’t read it yet. However, if it is anything like the film, I know that it will end up with me crying into the pages. I love tear jerkers – everything feels all the more powerful when printed on paper. Like poetry, and blog posts.
The story involves a girl who gets the opportunity to relive her last day – and make better use of it than she would have if she didn’t know the truth.
4. Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard, £5.59.
As I mentioned in my Kala style steal, I have recently started watching Pretty Little Liars. I did start it last year but opted to watch MTV’s Scream instead as I didn’t find myself invested in the characters. Aside from finding out who A is, I didn’t feel any need to watch the show. But then, I gave it a second chance and it’s safe to say I’m hooked.
After the death of their best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, a group of teenage girls are haunted by threatening texts from a mysterious A who promises that they can air all of their dirty little secrets.
5. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon, £3.85.
This is my cheapest book in this haul but the one that I am most excited for. The film is being released this year which is why it was suggested to me in popular fiction. Again, another tearjerker by the looks of it and one that I can’t wait to read.
The story focuses on a young girl who is housebound due to her illness. Her house is designed to ensure that no harmful toxins can enter the young girl’s body, keeping her from the rest of the world. But when she catches the eye of her neighbour, everything changes.
That was a long post! But I am so excited to get my bookworm brain going again. I’ve almost finished Thirteen Reasons Why and am excited to try the next books!
What are you guys reading at the moment?