A not so secret fact about myself is that I am a sucker for emotional narratives. It feels like a good book when my heart is penetrated by emotion and I am left paralysed by long lasting thoughts. Anyone else feel this?
So I thought I would write a post today about the books that did just that and more… evidently I love a bit of sadness and romance.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
After You by Jojo Moyes
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Atonement by Ian Mcewan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 9
Lucky for me 9 out of 10 of these books are films (which also BROKE ME and my poor little heart). Come on After You I am here and waiting for a movie version. I need visual closure as well. Each one of these books absolutely ripped my heart out and made me cry pools and pools of tears. I probably could have filled a swimming pool of tear after these books.
Have you read these wonderful books or seen the films?
I live by the fact that you have to read the book first but it is okay if you have not…lets chat.
What books broke you?
Can you recommend any books for me based on these books?
I decided to interpret this weeks meme as books that touched me throughout my school life, from primary school to college. The is all over the place and in no order, I just adore all of these books.
Matilda by Roald Dahl, this book is the epitome of my childhood. As you may know, I recently had to read this again for University and I fell in love with it all over again.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is soo important and should be given to children and young adults because it contains critical information. This book is written in a non linear diary format, telling the story of Melinda Sordino whose life was completely destroyed after calling the police for help at a party. While,she longed for answers as to what happened to her, her ‘friends’ turn against her for bursting the party. This book really touched me and open my mind to acceptance.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. AHHH, THIS BOOK!!!! The reason this book is in this list, is because my favourite english teacher or all time reccommeded this to me and it will always be in my heart forever.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book, like Matilda is the epitome of my childhood.
Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, this is surely on everyones list. Its magical and wonderful, amazing, spectacular, incredible and fantastic. Everyone should read it!
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I still think about this book all the time and love it. Aww,Lenny! This school reminds me of secondary school, especially my GCSEs.
Oh William Shakespeare, we do have a love/heart relationship. I adore analysing your word once I understand it slightly but at first glance you confuse me ever so much. I studied Romeo and Juliet for my GCSE like ‘Of Mice and Men’ and LOVED IT!
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. The epitome of my adolescence!! This book really did help me, especially in realising that being an introvert was okay.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I really want to read these again.
The Fault in our Stars- this book should also be recommended to children at school because it opens your mind to the reality of people being ill. What I really appreciated about this book is that is shows that life is not all about happy endings and rainbows, sometimes life can suck…but you survive.
I have yet to read Shatter Me, however Papertowns and Wither are two of my favourite books.
2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?
I absolutely love this book! Sylvia Plath’s writing is just extraordinary.
3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.
I have gone with the obvious and chosen the Harry Potter series…
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.
I am going to have to go with Harry Potter again because ‘Ahhh HOGWARTS’
5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
I choose this book because the ‘feels’ are still there, I read this a few years ago and it broke me. Even now when I read it, I get trapped in the vicious circle of fallen madly in love with the characters and then getting my heart shattered. Blue is also my favourite colour so this cover automatically sprang to mind.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I choose this book because not only is it my favourite book within the Twilight Saga but it is also has a lot of meaning to me. This book really altered me as a teenager and removing all of the negatively surround the protagonist, Bella made me feel normal because I was awkward and shy. This book also allowed me (fourteen year old Shan) to met the three main characters and interview them in Los Angeles because I won a competition. So, yeah that is why it is associated with fond memories.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I only choose this book because it is the one I am currently reading for my course and right now it is quite difficult to get into. I am sure it is an amazing book…anyone read it and want to motivate me?
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?
Clarissa! I will finish this, I WILL. I just want to be able to say ‘woo, I have read the longest book in English’.
I was tagged by the awesome blog- THE BOOK DETECTIVE to do the Frozen book tag. I have not done a book tag yet, so this is super exciting (I am also currently procrastinating from writing my essay, I have become an awful student)
1.Frozen heart… beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! What character do you think of when you hear this description?
I instantly thought of Tom Riddle from the HARRY POTTER (series) by J.K.Rowling due to how enigmatic his character is and because Harry Potter was such a major part of my childhood, whenever I think of a villain within a series , Voldemort always pops into my mind. He was beautiful before dark magic took over him.
Do You Want To Build a Snowman?A character you want to build a snowman with…
I would choose Cather from FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell because not only could build a snowman, we could also suddenly stop and take part in an emergency dance party. Which would be super fun, right? We would also be able to discuss our love for books and fictional characters. I choose her because I feel like we would have a lot in common.
For the first time in forever…You haven’t been able to read anything in a long time and your TBR pile has been growing larger and larger. What book (of your TBR pile, so no rereads) would you pick?
I would choose I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak, I am extremely excited to read this because his writing is just exquisite. If you have not read The Book Thief by him yet, you need to because it is incredible, definitely one of those books that stays with you after you have finished it. The Book Thief will also hold a special place within my heart because my favourite English teacher recommended it me and I would pop in a speak to her about books if I walked past her classroom. I am the Messenger has a 4.1 rating out of 5 on Goodreads (click link to see) which is encouraging… . I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Love is an open door… With what book or which character (or both!) would love be an open door with it? Or for what book/which character would you close the door?
Character…umm don’t kill me okay but I would have to say Edward Cullen from Twilight because for twelve year old me he was the eptiome of attractiveness and kindness. I always saw his love with Bella as irrevocable which meant a lot me.
or Augustus Waters from TFIOS, I have still not recovered from this book…
Books wise…all of them? okay, if I have to choose one I would say all of the Harry Potter Books. I do not even think I have to explain this…
I do not know what I would choose to close the door…
Let it go…A book or book series you used to love but you let it go.
I would have to stem of my last answer, for years Twilight took over my life and although it still holds a place within my heart I had to let it go. This gave me the freedom to fully appreciate more books so I am glad.
Reindeers Books Are Better Than People… Let’s say you’re tired of people today. What book would you rather spend the day with?
I would choose The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Perks of being a Wallflower or The Fault in Our Stars because both of these are more than just books to me, they connected with me on a deeper level that I thought possible. Although they broke me, the captivating words also changed me and made me appreciate life.
In summer… A book perfect for summer
Umm ANYTHING, this summer I will be reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.
Fixer Upper… A book that’s a bit of a fixer-upper and should be fixed with a little bit of love ?
I would have to say Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, I have watched Zoella on Youtube now for years and I probably hyped this up to myself too much. Perhaps fourteen year old Shan would have preferred it, nineteen year me just wanted more, I really like her blog but this book was just lacking something, As harsh as it sounds, maybe it was originality.
Thank you for reading, I tag everyone who reads this and wants to give it go…
Let me just rewind back to when I first discovered the captivating and overwhelming book that is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. While reading it I could feel my perspective on life shift and I found myself questioning my purpose of life. “What did I want to achieve?”, “Am I making the most out of my life?” and most importantly I pondered “What can I personally do to make other happy?” I read the spectacular book within four hours because I just could not stop reading; I was completely hooked and wanted to finish reading in order to know if Hazel Grace was okay as I fully lost myself within her character.
My mum later laughed at me because for four hours I did not move from my space on the sofa, all I did was sit there reading, crying, laughing and shouting “NOOOOOOOO this cannot happen”, “NOOOO John Green you cannot do this.”
Once I had finished the book, I truly could not form a coherent thought so I led on my dull grey floor and procrastinated for hours before my family started to worry where I was. The time allowed all of the miss placed jigsaw pieces that I should call my thought battle it out in order to be the most prominent. “Why is life so unfair for some people?” “Why can’t I help?” The reality of life and death really hit me, it may sound completely ridiculous but I felt as if I had personally lost someone important in my life and I just could not break free from the hypnotizing emptiness caused by the loss of a fictional character. I know I crazy but like I said in my previous post I have a tendency to get overly attached to fictional character due to the fact I use books as an escapism.