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Top Five Reads Of The Year So Far

Since the New Year I haven’t had much time to read anything- work and college and never ending essays dominate my life at the minute. Roll on summer!

Anyway I have managed to read a couple of books, and I have whittled my maybe 11 books of this year down to my top five.

So lets start, my top five favourite books I’ve read in 2017

  1.  Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy The third book of Bridget Jones’s mad adventures, although I’m not sure anything can get better than her big knickered adventures from the first book. This tries pretty hard to show Jones as she was in her first two books- young, free and adventurous. After the death of her husband, Mark, Bridget tries to put herself back out there- wherever there is- and find herself a man who can deal with her and the baggage she brings to the table . But will Jones find love? Now if you have seen the third film, do not worry about the book being spoiled. They are totally opposite; Personally I prefer the film to the book- it’s a much better plot and flows onto the last film better than the book does.
  2. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell This totally relatable book is perfect for any age. It’s a coming of age novel about the wonders of internet fandoms- something I personally know a lot about (quick shout out to the 5SOS Fam). Rowell’s book includes everything from romance, humour, fantasy and drama. The book explores the  idea of finding life’s perfect balance, the thing we all need to do. So give it a try- it might be a young adult book but it is perfect people of all ages really.
  3. Binge By Tyler Oakley This might not be the best book for everyone because of some adult themes but it gives you a real insight into Tyler’s life as he grew up, all the events that shaped him into the person he is today. This is best for mature people who can handle his attitude to drinking and casual dating. Tyler’s message has always been positive and this shines through in his book, his has a strong work ethic to get him where he is today and he isn’t afraid to speak out about important things. Tyler is a bug advocate for LGBTQ and is a real role model for everyone.
  4. Transgressions By Sarah Dunant A novel about the twists and turns of a break up with an added uninvited guest. Dunant tells Elizabeth’s tale with some rather erotic scenes and disturbing events so this isn’t suitable for younger readers. Dunant talks of topics that most wouldn’t dream of writing about- rape and stalkers for example. My only problem with this book is the fact you have to keep on reading it- you can’t put it down.
  5. Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro This is Ishiguro’s sixth book and according to many the most popular of his works. Ishiguro uses a dystopian world as the setting for his unsettling novel of friendship and science’s impact on individuals. Kathy, Tommy and Ruth’s love triangle sets the story up for disaster from the go ahead. His style is simple and plain but hides in depth messages within his writing. He displays emotions in such a powerful way that the character just jump of the page.

In this last six months, I haven’t really read much but I will when summer gets here. Any suggestions for new books do tweet me or email me with them, I’m running out of new things that I really want to read.

I hope you enjoy any of these books you choose to read, they are all such good books.

Sprinkle some sparkle into your life

Spacing Sparkle xox

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My Own Little Library

Before we start I would just like to point out that AbeBooks has a 50% sale on a range of their books until the 27th June, grab yourself a used perfect condition classic before the sale ends. AbeBooks are a website that sell used, signed, new and rare books for next to nothing. This is my go to site for my English course, in fact I have a couple of books on the way from them, which I will mention later on in this post.

Give them a quick visit, it can’t hurt just to look. Just don’t break the bank when you see all the books you could own. It’s heaven for book lovers.

www.abebooks.co.ukHUTU

Now, on to my current library. One of the books I’m so excited to read is Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe. It’s one of those books that you see all over the internet through book lovers like myself, in fact I was reccomended it by another book blogger. It’s just sitting pretty on my bookshelf until summer when I finally get a break from college and all the work that keeps flooding in.  Jennifer Niven’s book has been nominated for  Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction, this is amazing based on the ATBPfact she is a very new author.

 

Jennifer Niven’s first book is also on my reading list for the summer. All the Bright Places Niven’s first published story from 2015 is also on my list of escapes for this summer, after working all day I fully intend to relax in the evening outside with my books and a cup of tea- or if I feel adventurous maybe a bottle of wine. I’m so excited to jump into the world created by Jennifer, she is a completely new author to me. I’m so eager to start reading I actually have a countdown going until the end of term.

To be honest, I should probably finish The Colour Purple first. But it’s a really hard read, the language and the events. Written from the perspective of an uneducated African American female so the language is hard, the words are spelt wrong and the order s quite confusing. There is no way of telling the time which makes it difficult to judge the progression the story. The Colour Purple blogis about life of African-American women in the southern United States in the 1930s, it talks about their treatment and welfare within a society where they are lower in status than most.

I however, have just finished Transgressions by Sarah Dunant. This describes a woman, Elizabeth, who is a sexually free spirit becoming the target of some unwanted attention when translating a Czech book into English. When she comes face to face with her tormentor, the real haunting begins. This thriller grips you thoroughly, if you love the woman empowerment novels this is definitely the book for you. However I will say that it isn’t for the faint hearted, if you have an aversion to ghostly goings on, mentions of the supernatural and sexual assault then please find another book. I am responsible for my own nightmares, honestly I don’t want to be responsible for yours too.

Even more excitingly I have two books on the way to me right now. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Wuthering Height Charlotte Bronte. This is particularly for my English coursework, I’m going to be writing about vulnerability and feminism by the way. If anyone has anything of interest that would help me with this, please email me- I will take any help I can get (I’m kind of thick when it comes to this stuff- not sure why I picked English).

Anyway, I’ll let you know how they all pan out when I’ve finished them. I hope the heat is treating you well, try reading in the shade and having smoothies at the same time- brilliant at this time of year. I am loving smoothies currently, mango smoothies and books are the only thing keeping me going in this weather. In case you haven’t realised I am incredibly British and can not stand the heat without whining about it. Have fun and if you find anything interesting, please let me know.

Sprinkle some sparkle into your life

Thank you

Spacing Sparkle xox