I have been loving book related posts recently and I always love seeing people’s bookish related lists. Today, I am bringing you the 5 books I think everyone should read and why.
NOUGHTS & CROSSES // MALORIE BLACKMAN (Find it on Goodreads)
I adored this book when I was younger. It was quite hard hitting as I was quite young when I read it. This book tells the story of two young people, Sephy who is a Cross, a member of the dark skinned ruling class and Callum, a Nought – a colourless member of the underclass. The underclass were formerly slaves to the ruling class.
Having been friends since childhood, this friendship turns into romance and this book provides a different but earth shattering look at racism and racial prejudice in an alternate society. I haven’t read this for quite some time now but recently ordered it so I could re-read it and I’m planning to get the other books in the series too – I want to reread those as well.
This definitely made me think and has stayed with me since I was a child. Definitely worth a read. There’s also a graphic novel too!
LITTLE WOMEN // LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (Find it on Goodreads)
Granted, this isn’t the most popular classic of all time but it is my favourite. Even now, so many years after I read the book for the first time, I still wish I was Jo and look up to her and admire her – I saw so much of myself in her. I’ve reread this many times since and I’m sure that I will reread it many more times in my life.
The views in the book were so incredibly modern for their time, Jo was so driven to succeed in her chosen path as a writer even when her sister takes some horrible revenge.
A tale of love between sisters and growing up together, battling through what life throws at them – I adore it. This will always be my favourite classic. Many have tried to takes its crown, none have managed it!
SOUL BEACH // KATE HARRISON (Find it on Goodreads)
Not many people have heard of this series and that really surprises me. I won the first book in a giveaway many years ago now and I loved the book so much, I bought the second book straight after finishing the first one. It pained me waiting for the third and final book in the trilogy.
Grieving after the death of her sister, Megan, Alice Forster is sickened when she receives an email supposedly from her dead sister. But then the sender reveals details that only her sister knew. An invite is then sent to her to join Soul Beach, a virtual world – an online paradise where she can talk to her sister again – and perhaps find out how and why she died.
Alice finds a lot more than she bargained for, including love, but why do the young beautiful dead end up there? This is a fantastic read and one I suggest everyone should give a go.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE // AGATHA CHRISTIE (Find it on Goodreads)
The mystery and intrigue is built up so well and the situation is so tense. The whole thing seems impossible – and you will be left scratching your head as to how, why and who.
They are making a new TV adaptation of this soon with some major household names: Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson and Burn Gorman are just some of the names signed up! I can’t wait!
If you read this and fancy reading more of Agatha’s books, I suggest The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Cat Among The Pigeons, Murder on the Orient Express and The Thirteen Problems.
SELECTED POEMS // CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (Find it on Goodreads)
I had to add some poetry in there and what better poet to add than the one who penned my favourite poem, Remember. I have a slim volume of her poems on my bookshelves and I also bought the Little Black Classics volume too (I was gutted to find out that Remember wasn’t inside but hey, it was 80p and I love her other poems too!)
I remember doing a report on Remember in my English class and a couple of people remarking how beautiful the poem was. It is a sonnet and quite solemn in context, I hope that should I die, my family know to have this poem recited as I love it so much.
Rossetti also wrote a number of other great poems, including Goblin Market, and I believe that more people need to read her poetry and appreciate it as much as I do.
What books would you recommend that everyone should read? Have you read any of my list?