Okay so I have a confession to make – I really don’t have a clue what to write about for my first blog post. What could I say to make you stop and say ‘Hey, that is the most fascinating blog I have ever read and I have to follow this girl IMMEDIATELY!’ Probably not much but I’m thinking this is the chance for you to get to know me a little and as books are probably my number one obsession then that’s as good a place to start as any.
My taste in books is really random and if you were having a wee nosey at my bookshelves you’d probably be pretty confused. You’d see Emma sitting beside Harry Potter on one shelf; on another Ernest Hemmingway nestled between The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris and The Hunger Games. I will read just about anything and if you buy me a book then you’re my friend for life. Borrow a book from me, lose or damage it and I will hunt you to the ends of the earth. Seriously you better run pretty far and fast!
There are 4 books out of the many I own that truly stand out and are in fact the bestest books in the world. That’s not my opinion, that’s just a fact.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – A book narrated by Death about a small girl living with a foster family in Germany during WW2 just didn’t seem like my kind of thing at all but it turned out to be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read. Reads like poetry and the images are so vivid you get drawn into the story so completely that, like me, you risk missing your stop on the bus/train.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows- Apart from the fantastic title, what is amazing is that even though it’s told entirely through letters, you still get a sense of the characters and their lives. Such a lovely, book about a small community on Guernsey during the occupation in WW2. I guarantee that you’ll be sad to see the characters go when you turn that last page.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – There’s no way to describe this book because it’s like nothing else you’ll ever have read. It tells the story of a circus that appears in the night, from nowhere and is a truly magical experience. It’s pure and utter escapism at its very best and if by the end you’re not dying to go to that circus then there’s something wrong with you.
- Harry Potter – any of them – by JK Rowling – Everyone knows who Harry Potter is and if you’ve not read the books then you really need to go out and buy all of them immediately! Trust me, you’ll thank me!