20 Jun 2013

Books You Must Read


Number One: The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Oh wow, look another teenage girl who loves a John Green book, clichéd I know. But guess what, I do not give a damn! This is the only* book that I have gone back for seconds it was so good. Okay so I show about as much emotion as a rock (I'm not joking, it's true), I'm lucky to cry once a year. It is safe to say this book well and truly smashed the rock, even ground the rock to pieces. TFIOS is a what some might call a "cancer book" but I would say it's a book about people who happen to have cancer. You really learn a lot about all of the characters and feel like you're there right next to them the whole time. So if you're up for a few giggles and your heart to be wrenched out of your chest this is the perfect book for you. Also they are planning on making a movie adaptation, I am still unsure on how I feel about this (mainly because of the fact that I think it may tarnish the sex god image of Augustus that I have in my head but who knows). For those of you that may have already read it I advise you to head on over here.

Number Two: The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Regrettably I watched the movie before I managed to pick up this wonderful read. Skeeter, the main character in this book is an absolute champion and I love her to bits. Put basically The Help is set in 1962 Mississippi and black house maids rally together along with Skeeter to write a book  to expose how "the help" are treated by their white employers. The book is filled with wonderful laughs while at the same time being incredibly moving, I really recommend you read it quick smart!

Number Three: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
So Carroll was said to be off his nut while writing this classic story that we all think we know (thanks to Disney), and his nuttyness is pretty darn evident but who doesn't love a bit of madness? I am sure you know the story of Alice falling down the rabbit hole, yadda yadda, but have you actually read it? (I doubt it). For some weird reason I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, always have been, always will be. There's just something magical and dreamlike about it that just draws me straight in. What I really love about this book is all the gorgeous poems that are contained within it, some of them might not make any sense but that's okay because a lot of time in life nothing makes sense. I dare you to actually read the book, it is like ten times better than what you think it might be and it's actually different!

Number Four: The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
I ACTUALLY READ THIS AGES BEFORE THE MOVIE WAS RELEASED, and my god it's great! I devoured this read in under two days, I just seemed to get lost in it, unable to escape! I'm sure by now (unless you're living under a rock) you'd know what that general outline of the story is, Gatsby is constantly chasing his dreams that are never going to come true chuck in lots of metaphors, you get the gist. I really don't think I need to go into this one in much detail but just promise me you'll read it!

Well I don't really have the time to write to you about my other favourite books so I'll just chuck them in a list for you (I'mm 99% sure I'll forget half of them anyway):

  • Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Paper Towns - John Green
  • The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  • An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Steven Chbosky
  • Looking for Alaska - John Green
  • Saving Francesca -Melina Marchetta
  • Butterfly - Sonya Hartnett
  • Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
  • Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult

Finally I would like to finish of with some very wise words of advice, go to your local library! You don't have to pay a cent to read a book that would cost you a bomb in the shops. If you really must buy a book go to The Book Depository, you can purchase books there for not even half the price with free shipping! Also, read the god damn book before the movie, it's a proven fact** that the books are always better than the movies.

Please if you have any book suggestions for me leave them in the comments below, I am forever after a good book to read! - Zoe x

*I lie, I have read all of the Harry Potters multiple times.
**Proven by me.


  1. Replies
    1. thanks emma! they're all pretty darn fabulous :)

  2. Zoe, have you read Norwegian Wood by Haruhi Murakami? I've heard from a lot of my reader friends that it's a really good book. I have yet to read it though. xx

    1. no i haven't i think i'll have to have a look at that one too, thanks emily! x

  3. Books you need to read ASAP:

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
    Bossypants by Tina Fey

    1. you're officially my favourite person

  4. LOVE a good "must read" list, i created one on my tumblr too. always looking for new books to read. i'll be bookmarking this page to come back to, thank you!

    1. ooh i will have to check out your must read list too!

  5. These are so great! I was going to suggest To Kill A Mockingbird but you already have it :)

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - this might seem hard to read at first but I love it so much
    Every Day by David Levithan
    Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (favourite book ever apart from Gatsby)

    1. ah thanks so much emily, can't wait to get my nose stuck into them!

  6. Finally someone who has read The Help and not just seen the movie!
    You should check out;
    One Day- David Nicholls
    The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey
    This Is What Happy Looks Like- Jennifer E Smith (if you like a bit of cheesy romance)

    1. hey evie! it totally frustrates me too when people don't read the books haha, and thank you for all of you suggestions, i will definitely check them out :)

  7. Yay, the Book Despository!! :P

  8. if you love the movie Now is Good it is based on the book Before I Fall! Definitely read it!