Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Top 10 Books for the Spring/Summer

*In no particular order, I could never choose.

1) I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk
I have to say that this series is definitely my favourite bunch 'chick-lit' books! The books basically follow a woman, Angela as she runs away to New York because she finds out her fiance is cheating on her at her best friends wedding and her best friend knew everything so she broke the grooms hand. That's just how it starts. There is I Heart New York, I Heart Hollywood, I Heart Paris, I Heart Vegas and I Heart London (not yet released). This series is such a light and easy read that you'll find you have to read it in one sitting. If you like this genre you will fall in love with the series!

 2) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I don't care if the books have been made into a film, you should still read the books. Why? Because they're so much better. I started reading this book quite a while ago because of a recommendation from Allthatglitters21 on YouTube. If you don't know the story, it's about this girl who volunteers as a tribute instead of her sister to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. The films are great, I went to see it and I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a good job. But the books. Oh the books. They just put so much more oomph on everything. Everything. Just read them.

3) The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
So the book is being made into a film and you know you want to say you read the book before the film! The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, Dwarves, Gandalf the wizard and Smaug the dragon as they adventure to find treasure. I decided to read this book because I wanted to read a J.R.R Tolkien story but not Lord of the Rings simply because those were too hard for me to read. The Hobbit on the other hand was a fun and a well written piece of literature that I highly recommend to anyone. It is after all a classic.

4) Harry Potter and the...Series by J.K. Rowling
I got into an argument with my friend because he said the books were rubbish and the films ruled all. I wanted to hit him because I said well that's just your opinion and he replied with 'that's everyone's opinion'. Listen, if you've read the books and disliked them, fine, just don't go trying to make the people who like them have the same viewpoint. If you dislike them and you haven't read enough of the series to make a sound judgment *cough*friend*cough* then shut up. I'll admit, some of the books do have their sucky moments but I adore them. If you need a summary of the series, please don't ask me, that is just too absurd for me too even attempt to resolve! Everytime I read Harry Potter and watch the films I feel like a little kid again. It's just one of those books (and films) where you read and watch and you always feel 'welcome', know what I mean?

5) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I started reading this book when I was in Paris and I become instantly hooked. It's about a girl named Hannah who committed suicide and she leaves a bunch of tapes to people giving her thirteen reasons why she did it. You basically get the tape if you were a reason. Clay Jensen gets the tapes and the book follows him as he listens to them waiting to see what number he is of the 13. This book is quite brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone. Not a very light read, but very gripping.


6) Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Okay, so not a light spring read again but I love the deep stuff! This book is about a woman searching for her missing sister. While searching, the case unravels down many different routes and Beatrice (the searcher) finds out how little she actually knew about Tess(the searchee). This was another book I couldn't put down. I've never been one to read thriller/missing persons books but this hooked me from the second/third chapter. The beginning was a little slow for me but other than that I highly praise the book. When I finished I was left a little confused by the ending but I went with Google to look for the answers. Even if you don't like thriller books, this isn't a hard read like some thrillers. Try it. It won't bite, I promise.

7) Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush Hush is the first book in the series about a forbidden love between a 'normal' teenage girl and a fallen angel. I know, I know but don't crucify me, just hear me out. If you don't want to read the rest of the series (Crescendo, Silence and Finale released in Autumn 2012), just read Hush Hush. It is by far my favourite. I love it simply because of the Nora (normal) and Patch (not normal) banter. They meet in science by sitting next to each other (deja vu?) but I promise if you like Twilight you'll love this (hopefully). This is my favourite forbidden love book so it can't be that bad. Just give it a chance!

8) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
I know...a depressing one. But what is reading without a little depression. You simply do not have an excuse to not read this book. Ever. It is put in the most simplistic form, through the eyes of the little boy. It is set during the Holocaust and it's about a boy called Bruno who is 9 years old. He and his family move from Berlin to somewhere where there is nothing to do whatsoever. One day he comes across a wired fence and on the other side of the fence is a little boy called Shmuel who wears striped pyjamas and Bruno has no idea why he's there. Having it through the perspective of Bruno is what makes it so much more heart breaking. You won't regret reading this book, unless you really detest being sad, which lets face it, no one does.

9) To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
You can't go wrong with an ole classic like To Kill A Mocking Bird. I first read this book at school and I enjoyed it far more than the other books I'd read at school. Recently, I read it again just for fun and it was such a more enjoyable read. This novel's kind of 'scope' is about Atticus, a lawyer who defends a black man who is charged with raping a white girl. It follows Scout and Jem Finch as they experiene life in the deep south in the 1930's as children. The 'plot' I guess you could call is many different things, all about segregation and doing what is right no matter the costs. This is a timeless classic and you can never go wrong with a timeless classic. I recommend you read this highly, even if it's just once.

10) The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
Okay so this was a really hard decision to make. I was torn between L.A. Candy, My Single Friend and this for the final spot. The reason why I picked this is simply because I have already picked a chick-lit book and this book is supernatural and contains very little romance. The story is basically about Darren Shan who becomes a vampire and an assistant to another vampire. This book is quite very good, despite how adolescent it may sound. Yes, there is a film about this but I have not seen it nor will I see it. The only thing that I really disliked about this book was the way the vampires drank blood. I don't want to spoil it for you but I just think it's kind of stupid. What happened to the Anne Rice vamps? Not that I've ever read her book, I heard that reference on The Vampire Diaries. Don't judge.

So that's the list...I've just realised that these books have very little significance to Spring or Summer. Should I take that out of the title? Naaaaaa. I have bought more 'classic' books but I haven't read them yet so I couldn't really put them on the list. Maybe if anyone reads this I'll update it later. I'm not desperate for your reads but please read. I'm not asking...I'm telling. Okay, if you're still reading this, well done. You've passed the test. I'm going to shut up now.


  1. so many lovely and helpful reviews. the first book sounds so interesting :)
    really nice blog in btw!