I am an avid reader. When I was at High School, the librarian let me take out extra books because I was an avid reader and I pretty much stayed in the library most lunches and morning teas. Mainly because my friends weren’t very good friends anymore and I needed an escape from everything that was going on.
Here is my list of my 5 favourite books (these may include series because, to be honest, it is so hard to choose one book out of a series!):
1) The Shopaholic Series (in particular: Shopaholic to the Stars, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot and Shopaholic and Baby.
Reason: They are hilarious and always make me laugh! I love reading them because I can see myself as Becky.
2) The Harry Potter Series.
Reason: I grew up with these books – we would buy one book and then each have to read a chapter at a time because we would have fought over the books if we didn’t take turns. It took a long time to get through the book (and sometimes I would read 2 chapters instead of 1), but it was worth it!
3) The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory.
Reason: It’s just an interesting read. I love historical fiction books. Her other books, like The Favoured Child, are really good too.
4) Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen.
Reason: This is my favourite Jane Austen book. It is funny and sweet and everything I like in a book rolled into one! It was hard to choose between this one and Pride and Prejudice.
5) The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald.
Reason: I think The Great Gatsby is one of those books you either love or hate (or strongly dislike). I had to read this for English class back in High School. I had heard bad things about this book e.g. it was boring, it was weird and that I should just google what the book is about. Needless to say, I ended up reading the whole thing and I absoloutely loved it! It’s an amazing book that really explores how materialism can bring you down.
6) The Odyssey – Homer.
Reason: Not many people would say their favourite book would be the Odyssey. But I think that it is great. Well, it’s not really a book, but still – it’s readable. I had to read this for Classics in High School. I had also heard that it was terrible. However, it was amazing to read a book that is so old. It wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.
7) Aristophane’s Plays.
Reason: I couldn’t choose one. The plays are hilarious and really made me laugh. I particularly like The Wasps and The Frogs. The dodginess was so awkward. I had to read this for Classics in 7th Form – and even after all these years I still find these plays funny. I remember the teacher trying to explain what certain things meant and he’d go bright red because it was really dodgy – in the end he stopped trying to explain things.
8) A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare.
Reason: While this isn’t really a book, the play is still entertaining to read. I actually last read it a few years ago and have been meaning to re-read it again, however it is hard to find time!