Sunday, 10 January 2016

5 book recommendations - Guest post by OriginalBooker | Janu-Blog Day 10

Today's post is by Anthea, from OriginalBooker, and she's going to share five book recommendations!

I’ve read so many books in my life that recommending books to people should be easy, but it really isn’t. There’s such a range of books to choose from, I feel bad for leaving some out! I’m going to try my hardest to pick out books that I absolutely loved and adored. These are the books that I think everyone should read! 

 1. "Ugly Love" by Colleen Hoover

This is a New Adult love story. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh god not another one” but just hear me out. It’s REALLY good. It’s about a girl and a guy who hate each other at first meeting, but eventually come to an arrangement of friends with benefits. We all know what happens from there, it’s not pretty but there’s a big event/dark memory that lingers over these characters that makes this book so unique.

2. "Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick 

I was told by a million and one people to read something of Colleen Hoover’s so this is the book I chose and honestly, as I was reading it, I thought ‘You know what? This is definitely one of my favourite books, ever.’ And it really is. It brought out SO many emotions and I applaud books that can do that. I was happy, sad, angry, frustrated, hopeful and completely heartbroken. 
This may be a book that everyone has read (or at least seen the film) but I just read this a few months ago, and loved it. If you don’t know, it’s about a man who was admitted to a mental health facility for reasons. He then is allowed home and it’s about him figuring out how to deal with everything. 

3. "Everything Everything" by Nicola Yoon 

The issues that it dealt with are so close to my heart that I couldn’t not love this book. Everything about it was so raw, and realistic. It was a truly inspiring read and I think anyone who is interested in/has links with mental health (and those who don’t) should definitely give this a read. It’s fantastic. 
This was my favourite read of 2015, without a doubt. I remember finishing it and just being completely lost. It’s about a girl who has a disease which stops her from being able to go outside into the world. She’s allergic to it, so she’s confined to her house. But then she gets new neighbours, and sees them from her window and everything takes off from there. 

I cried during this, I was just shocked. It was cute, and it was happy at times. It was also sad, and I found myself wondering what it would be like to be her, to always be in your house and never go anywhere. It was just a really intriguing concept. I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away but it’s GOOD. Really good. Oh I want to read it again. 

If you’ve read this, try "Emmy & Oliver" by Robin Benway.

4. "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J Maas 

I didn’t want to add this into the 5 recommendations, but I needed to switch them up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved this book, but I know you’ve all heard of it. This is a beauty and the beast retelling, with faeries. Nuff said, amirite? 

I’m going to tell you now, if you’re sitting on the fence about this, you’re unsure whether you’ll like it or not. Pick it up, give it a try and I will guarantee that you’ll at least like it, if not love it. I loved everything about this book. It was slow throughout the middle, but I think it needed that and I enjoyed that aspect. I’m not really a fan of fae, I never have been but this book has converted me. I love the world, I loved the characters and all the action at the end boosted my rating all the way up. If anything, the end is worth the slowness in the middle. 

5. "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1) 

This is my all-time favourite series. Again, it’s another fairytale retelling, each book focuses on a different fairytale/heroine. It’s amazing. A cyborg Cinderella in a world set in the future. SOLD. Again, when I first heard about this series, I thought ‘nah I’m not into cyborgs and sci-fi’ but it’s not what you think. It’s really good. Cinder is an AMAZING character. The world she lives in is so interesting. I can’t say enough about this, I could go on and on. 

The thing I love most about this series is that it’s so cleverly written, as you work your way through, it all fits together like a jigsaw puzzle and I love that. 

Thanks Anth for writing this post! If you want to check out the five recommendations I wrote about on her blog, you can here!

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