Last week my social media was filled with pics of kids dressed up for book week. It really made me smile because I’m a total book lover from waaaay back, and so I love seeing children embrace their own love of reading. For some reason, my sons school is celebrating and having their book parade this week. He’s decided he wants to go as Batman. I consulted with my tribe on Facebook, and the consensus was that Batman is a character in comic books and they are a type of book so that is a ok. Phew, because we already have a batman cape and mask so that makes things super easy!
Anyways, I digress, back to my book loving ways. I thought I would celebrate book week here on my little blog too. Not by giving you some great book week costume ideas (there loads of other clever clogs handy with a sewing machine, unlike me, who have already shared their ideas) but instead I thought I would share with you some of my favourite books.
Now, asking me to choose my all time favourite book is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child….ok I only have one child so that’s pretty easy for me but choosing my favourite book? Not so much! So I’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10 from my bookshelf. Here goes:
Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden: No matter how old I get, this teen series will always hold a special place in my heart. My sister, Mum and I devoured these books when I was younger and I’ve reread the series several times since.
The Pact by Jodi Picoult: Jodi is one of my all time favourite authors and whilst this may not be my favourite, it was the very first book of hers that I read, so again, it holds a special place. I’ve since read all of Jodi’s books and always get very excited when I hear she’s releasing a new one.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: I read this book many years ago now but it has always stayed with me. I remember thinking at the time that it was haunting but in an almost beautiful way. I also remember being disappointed by the movie because of course the movie never quite lives up to your imagination does it?
The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: Ah, the beautiful, albeit unconventional love story of Henry and Clare. Once you managed to wrap your head around the whole time traveler thing you really get swept away into this story.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson: This series took the world by storm when it came out and for good reason; it’s clever, twisted and captivating and quite different to anything I’ve ever read before.
On Writing by Stephen King: If you’re a writer, at whatever level, you need to read this book. You don’t have to be a Stephen King fan (I’ve never read any of his other books) to appreciate the fact that this is one smart guy who knows what he’s doing and has some great advice for navigating the world of writing.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I think you’re either an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ lover or hater and whilst I can certainly understand some of the criticism that has come out about this book (self indulgent much) I took if for what it was and enjoyed the journey. I’m a lover.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: Packed with loads of ‘a-ha’ moments, wisdom and guidance, this one if for all the creative souls out there! Love it.
Power Over Panic by Bronwyn Fox: When it comes to managing anxiety and panic attacks I’ve read a lot of books but this one if by far the most practical and helpful. I often pick it up for a reread whenever I feel that my anxiety is getting a little out of control.
What to expect when you’re expecting by Heidi Murkoff: No, I don’t have a special announcement to make but I did think it would be remise of me not to include this in my favourite books because this was practically my bible when I was pregnant. I’ve recommended it and lent my copy to many a pregnant friend. If you only buy one pregnancy/baby book, make it this one!
So there you have it, 10 of my favourite books. Did you find any in there you would agree with? What are some of your favourite books? Can you choose just one??