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This post is going to be very different to anything that I've done before but now that the country is in lockdown I wanted to branch out and try something different. Other than beauty, makeup and skincare, I love to read and over the years I have found a few books that I love and have reread in the past. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you all of my all-time favourite books.

Eleanor & Park is probably the book that got me into reading. I am a sucker for young adult romance and coming of age books and this book is all of them. I think when I read this book for the first time I read it in a week and when I reread it the other week I finished it in a matter of days. This book follows themes of  Body Image, Domestic abuse, romance and coming of age, at times during the book it can be tough to read but mostly its about the love story between Eleanor and Park. Not to give too much away but the story follows dual narratives by the two characters Eleanor and Park which are two misfits living in Nebraska back in the '80s. Eleanor is the new girl in school that is a red-haired 16-year-old and Park is a half Korean 16-year-old she meets on the bus on her first day of school. They gradually bond on a love of comic books and music and they learn to love and understand each other. I love this book for many reasons, one being the love story is just so cute and brings a smile to my face every time I read how two young kids fall in love and it reminds me of when I first fell in love of my boyfriend nearly 8 years ago! I also really like that this book isn't focused too much on lovey-dovey subjects but it does have some real issues like body image that Eleanor doesn't accept the way she looks and gets bullied for it and she doesn't know why Park likes her. There is also themes of Domestic abuse in the book which can be hard to read from time to time. If you love coming of age books with a good old fashioned young love romance then Id definitely gives this book a read. 

I think in the past I have mentioned this book before because it holds such a big place in my heart. This books I think was the first book that actually made me cry and I remember this because I was actually sitting on a bus at the time. All The Bright Places is another young adult book which also has some dark themes including mental illness, death and suicide along with romance and love. This book follows two characters Theodore Finch who is fascinated with death and thinks about suicide a lot but always find something good no matter how small to stop him and Violet Markey who lives for the future and can't wait for graduation so she can escape her town and her grief for her sister's recent death. The book follows how the two characters meet and make significant changes to each other lives with Violet's world starting to grow again and Finches beginning to shrink. I won't say too much more about the book if you haven't read it (or watched the movie on Netflix, spoiler alert the book is better) but this book is so heartbreakingly beautiful that I would recommend anyone and everyone to read it as long as you are ok with the themes of the book. This was a book that I read so quickly because I couldn't put it down and once I had finished the book I wanted to start all over again. I was so excited for the movie to come out and I did really like it but I still love the book a lot more.

I think we have a theme here where you can see that I clearly love a romance novel and that includes this book Me Before You. This book is actually a series of 3 with this one being the first then there's After You which I have also read and Still Me which is next on my reading list. Me Before You follows the character, Louisa Clark who is 26 and still lives with her family, she is described as an unambitious and doesn't have many qualifications. The cafe she works at closes and she needs to find a new job so of the jobcentre she goes and finds a job being a carer for a quadriplegic young man Will Traynor. Their relationship starts off pretty rocky and Will is understandably bitter and resentful of being disabled after an accident. As the book goes on Louisa tries to show Will that life is really worth living and the love story begins. This was another book that brought tears to my eyes while reading it with most of it being so uplifting and humorous with a few quite sad parts to it. This was another book on this list that was made into a movie which was amazing and was very similar to the book with only a few differences and again I cried while watching it. I won't give too much away if you haven't read it but the ending of this book was so lovely and made me go and read the next book right away. 

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This book is one of the more recent ones that I've read and loved, I remember reading this book in about 3 days because I just had to keep reading! The Flat Share is a book that follows two characters, Tiffy and Leon, they both share a flat and a bed but they have never actually met before. Tiffy needs a cheap flat after breaking up with her boyfriend and Leon works nights and needs the cash. Their friends think their crazy but its the perfect solution, Leon has the one bed flat during the day while Tiffy is at work and Tiffy has the flat throughout the night while Leon is at work. Living with each other for months and the only communication they have is on post-it notes their relationship begins to grow despite crazy things going on in their private lives. This book is like a breath of fresh air, there isn't too many dark themes and its a nice and light book to read when you need a bit of a pick me up. I loved this book because it actually made me laugh out loud many times and loved how the book follows the two characters and how they gradually meet even though they live in the same house. I literally fell in love with the characters and wanted to see how they ended up with it being really funny and truly uplifting. I would seriously recommend everyone to read this book and I know you will love it. 

When I think of Young Adult books I instantly think of John Green, the author of other books like The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska but out of all of the other John Green books I've read Paper Towns is my favourite. This book is about the coming of age of the main character in the book Quentin 'Q' and his search for Margo Roth Spiegelman his neighbour and childhood sweetheart. During his search Quinten and his friends Ben, Radar and Lacy discover information about Margo as they get deeper into the mystery and in their road trip across America Q becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for. This book is slightly different from the other books on this list because it's more to do with friendship then love which I really enjoyed. When putting this list together I found this book in my drawers and I really forgot about how much I loved this book. I haven't read this book in years and I actually think this will be the next one that I reread. This is another book on the list that was turned into a movie which I watched as soon as it came out and I loved but once again I think the book wins it for me!

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I'm not someone who has read hundreds of books but the books that I have read I have really loved and out of all of them the books above are my favourites. What are your favourite books? 

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14 comments:

  1. When i was 13 i read like all of these 'teen fiction' books and i'd re-read them all over again, paper towns was a john green one i loved but eleanor and park was one i never got round to reading!

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    1. I just love the way young adult books are written and I find them the easiest to read and I love the themes. I love John Green books but Eleanor and Park is such a lovely book I’m sure you’ll love it if you get round to reading it x

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  2. I keep hearing such good things about The Flat Share, I think it's one I'd love too, thank you for the reminder, I'll put it on my wishlist. Like you, I'm a fan of YA books, I think the writing is often more accessible and in some cases better than normal adult books. Great picks, Aaliyah xx

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    1. The Flat Share was such a lovely book and I read that so quickly because of the comedy and romance! I’m glad you like them! X

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  3. I've never read any of these, books, but have put them on my list to look at later.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Love, Tea
    https://teaspangsberg.com/

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  4. I adored Me Before You and it's sequel though I haven't picked up the final book just yet! The Flatshare was brilliant - I listened to the audiobook version which was brought to life so vividly by the voice actors! Have you tried Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell?

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    1. I loved the first two books as well, I hope the final book is just as good! The flat share was probably one of my favourites. That’s funny you mention Fangirl I’ve just started reading it! X

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  5. Anything John Green, I will and have read for sure! I’m such a sucker for YA romance type novels! I defo need to read more during this period!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk

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    1. That’s the same with me! Seems like we like the same genre of books x

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  6. This post came just at the right time. With all my lockdown reading time, I've made it (almost) to the bottom of my "to read" pile. I love this genre of story, very refreshing and heart warming, no matter how old you are!
    Joan

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    1. These books are perfect for just passing the time and they are really heart warming! X

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  7. Loved reading a book post from you! I love John Green. Although my favourite is Looking For Alaska, I definitely have a soft spot for Paper Towns too! I really want to read All The Bright Places, especially after watching the movie!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  8. It's good to mix it up every now and then! The only one of these I've read is The Flat Share and I really enjoyed it despite it not being my regular kind of story. Your intro made me realise it's been ages since I reread an older favourite. Need to add a few to my 'things to do in lockdown' list. All The Bright Places sounds great x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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