7 books you have to read

Monday, 1 April 2019

Are you looking for something new to open your mind?

To live and travel the world (and beyond) without even leaving your living room?

Reading allows you to delve into someone else’s life. A good book allows you to see the world through their eyes. These seven books covering; love, heartbreak, friendship, sexual identity, war, history, fantasy and human resilience do just that. 

A little life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara’s a little life will have you laughing, crying, cheering and mourning in a roller coaster of emotion. It is sure to make you throw it more than a few times as "an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance".

The shadow hunter chronicles - a series by Cassandra Clare

Now a popular TV show, in this series all the mythological beings you could think of are true and living alongside humans in secret. There are a race of humans who possess angel blood known in the books as "Shadowhunters" who are to keep the peace between the "shadow world”. They also prevent demons as well as "downworlders" (warlocks, faeries, werewolves, and vampires) from attacking humans and revealing themselves. This series is so in depth and every character is so well thought out. I was hooked from the first book.

The diary of Anne Frank

This is the story of a thirteen year old girl in hiding with her family in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings, revealing how the eight people (two families) lived in the back of a warehouse and coped with the daily threat of being found and killed.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 

An extraordinary story of a geisha in the 1930’s following a girl who was sold to a geisha house where her and other girls learnt how to sing, dance, wind the kimono, walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men as an all enchanting geisha. This book uncovers a hidden world of eroticism, exploitation and degradation. 

Paper towns by John Green

Questioning the difference between who we show the world and the person we really are inside, John throws about an awesome mix of quirky humour and depth in this journey packed novel.

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Set in the 1930’s of America’s deep south, racial injustice and the destruction of innocence are the main themes in this novel. However it is also full of humour and warm fuzzy feelings.

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

Following the disappearance of a Amy Pike on the morning of her 5th wedding anniversary, her husband was at the centre of all allegations. When in reality, Amy was still alive.
The couple take turns narrating events, but not from the same point in time. The husbands events start life from the moment of the wives vanishing and she fills in their relationship from the very beginning. Who is innocent?

What are your favourite books?

By Melissa Hawkes

Melissa is a freelance writer and skin specialist that loves to travel. She and her partner share a home in Western Australia with one extraordinary little boy and an entourage of animals.
You can follow her work and family life on Instagram @_melissahawkes

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