Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Book Recommendations

Books are one of the most important things in my life. Reading is a big passion of mine, nothing beats losing yourself in a whirlwind ride of a new story. Recently I've picked up and read several books that have really grabbed me and have left me speechless and in awe long after i finished the last page. In this blog post I'm going to talk about a few of my favourites and hopefully inspire more people to pick up these wonderful books.

Everyday - David Levithan

The idea for this book and it's plot is amazing and definitely intrigued me. It focuses around the character 'A' whom doesn't have a physical form. Everyday the consciousness of A wakes up in a new body of someone who is the same age. For that day A takes over their body and tries to live that day as normally as the person would. However, that all changes when A takes over the body of Rhiannon's boyfriend and falls in love with her. 

This idea allows the author to write about and explore so many different types of people and their environments. From; drug abusers, high school jocks, a sufferer of depression and people with physical disabilities. A may only stay in their bodies for a day, but this book shows how much can affect and change a person in so little time.

The beauty of this book is the open mindedness of the main character A whom you would class as gender fluid and pan sexual. This character is beautifully written and as a reader it's definitely one you can't help but fall in love with.

The Art Of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson

This is the debut novel by author Lisa Williamson and she has definitely started with a bang. This book is one of the only books I've read that is not only focused around transgender characters, but actually represents them well. I loved the fact that the author didn't gloss over the treatment of transgender people in public, but instead brought to light the unjust treatments that can occur as well as the beauty of acceptance.

I loved the alternating chapters between the two main characters as it lets you connect with each character and their individual story as well as slowly creating a friendship and connection between each of them.The characters in this book are so lovable as they deal with everyday teenage problems as well as trying to figure out and accept who they're in life.

This book takes you on a journey of self acceptance and shows you that being "normal" isn't important compared to being and loving yourself.

I have already recommended and lent two of my friend's this book and they both enjoyed it as much as i did. Which proves how much of an amazing book it is as one of my friend's doesn't generally enjoy reading. So like i told them you really need to read this book. It's a beautiful read and the author deserves a lot of recognition for this amazing piece of work.

More Than This - Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is definitely my favourite author so there was no way that this book wasn't going to be on this list.

I'm going to put this out there straight away;This is my new favourite stand alone book.

This story follows Seth a teenager who drowns and ultimately should be dead. However he wakes up in his old childhood city (England) across the waters from where he died and he is totally alone, It follows him and his thought process of trying to figure out where he is and the fact that there may be more to his life and life in general than he previously thought.

The book is split in to four parts and each one ups the pace of the book and the story. I could not put this book down as it had my mind racing with so many questions and a wanting to known more. 

The characters in this book are so beautifully written and their life stories and struggles make the characters feel so real. Seth is a really relatable character as many of the questions he tries to find answers to are things most teenagers would be questioning; the main one being is there more to life.

I'm not going to write anymore about this book as I'm going to take a leaf out of John Green's book and tell you to "Just Read It". Experience the twists and turns of this book for yourself. I guarantee you wont be able to put it down.

So these are three books i recommend everyone to read they are all very different, but all incredible books and i know everyone will enjoy them as much as i did.

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