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My Top 10 Books

I was tidying my room earlier and after going through one of my – very cluttered – cupboards I found a load of books that I’d read recently and some of my old favourites.  So, I decided to post about some of my favourite books (which is subject to change, because there are so many books I love)

If there are any that I haven’t included in my Top 10, but anyone thinks is worth a read, please PLEASE please recommend them for me by commenting below.  My birthday is soon so I’ll be able to go on a book splurge with my birthday money.

So, without further ado – drumroll please – my Top 10 Books


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1 – Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
I’ve never been one for overly gushy love books, but I found this story to be so much more than that.  It’s the story of two characters – Eleanor and Park – who are complete opposites and end up sat next to each other on the school bus.  Between the exchanging of comics and mixtapes, their relationship develops despite everything and everyone poised against it.  This book was very realistic and raw and is unquestionably worth the read.

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2 – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
As a huge fan of this series, it was inevitable that this book was going to appear on this list, and you’ll have a hard job finding anyone who’d say it isn’t in their Top 10.  I won’t bother going into too much detail about this book because most people will have read it (seriously .. what are you doing if you haven’t?), but it’s based on a futuristic ‘game show’ where 12 boys and 12 girls are sent into an arena to fight to the death, until only one victor remains.  It’s an emotional rollercoaster and if you haven’t read the series, I recommend it more than life itself.  There’s no way you can watch the films without reading the books.

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3 – Delirium, Lauren Oliver
This is another book series – it probably counts as cheating if I’m recommending a book series instead of one book, but oh well.  This story is based on a society where love is seen as a ‘disease’ and follows the life of Lena Haloway, who meets a guy called Alex and – quite inevitably .. yes, you guessed it – falls in love.  I found this series completely heart breaking (oh, the irony) and such a page turner once you hit the climax.

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4 – All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
Wow.  Where do I start with this one.  This book is guaranteed to make you feel every single emotion and – yes – you will cry when you read it … it’s inevitable.  There are two key characters, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, who both meet when they’re stood on the edge of the school bell tower.  The book follows their relationship as it develops, Violet finding a reason to live from a boy who wants to die, and I honestly fell in love with them both.  The two characters are absolutely perfect and so is the book – I’m just waiting on the movie now.

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5 – Little White Lies, Katie Dale
I’m a massive fan of any Katie Dale book as I absolutely love her style of writing and her stories always have really good twists to them.  This book follows the story of Lou who’s starting life at University when she meets Christian who, although gorgeous and mysterious, seems to be hiding something .. and Lou is determined to find out what.  It’s gripping, tense and a read that is absolutely worth the time.  I also found ‘Someone Else’s Life’ (also by Katie Dale) another great read, so if you have the time, I definitely suggest both.

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6 – Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
I challenge you to find a single person who doesn’t find this book important.  I first read this book when I was 12 and it completely changed my perspective on so many important issues.  Malorie Blackman takes on the issue of ‘racism’ by reversing the roles in this book, where you can see what it’s like in a world where white people are seen as the lower class.  This was one of the first books that completely broke my heart and had me crying until the very last page and because of the impact it had I’m always recommending it.

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7 – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
This is another book series but is slightly different to your typical read.  The characters are inspired by old photographs the author has collected over the years – vernacular photographs – where the photos seem slightly ‘supernatural’ (i.e. the girl on the front cover appears to be hovering, but it’s a real photo created without Photoshop).
Ransom Riggs decided to give these characters have special abilities/characteristics and the story is about them being hunted.  The book does feature the photos the author used to inspire each character and I think this is what made this story stand out for me.  Definitely worth a read, even if it’s just to flick through the glossy photos and marvel at the idea behind the story.

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8 – Gone, Michael Grant
I started reading this series when I was 11 and followed it for 5 years, with a total of six books, until I was 16.  I can’t even begin to recommend it enough.  The series is based in the fictional town of Perdido Beach, where everybody over the age of 15 suddenly vanishes, leaving everybody else stuck inside a large impermeable dome.The characters in this book are so well developed and personalised and you end up knowing them so well it’s hard to remember you’re not actually part of the story too.  Expect to cry, laugh and fall in love with every single book in this series.
Michael Grant is by far one of my favourite authors and he was actually one of the first people who inspired me to become a writer myself.  So, for as long as I live, his books will always be in my Top 10.

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9 – Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher
I was torn with which Annabel Pitcher book to list, either ‘Ketchup Clouds’ or ‘My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece’, but in the end I stuck with this one.  This is an easy read but completely worth it.  It’s written in the form of letters that the main character, Zoe, sends to a man on death row where she confesses a terrible secret.

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10 – Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
Most people might have seen the film interpretation of this book so will already know the basic story line.  It’s set eight years after a ‘zombie apocalypse’, where a ‘zombie’ – R – starts to feel human emotions and feelings again after he meets a girl, Julie.  I watched the film first before reading the movie (which is a first) and wasn’t let down by either, so this book takes up the last slot on my current Top 10 Books.

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