Sunday, 25 October 2015

My Favourite book is... by Alison May, Laura Delve & Adele Blair

Alison May, author of Midsummer Dreams

This is an almost impossible choice. I could pick my top twenty fairly easily I think, and probably even squeeze that down to a top ten or five, but just one book? Really? On different days it could be anything by Terry Pratchett or Marian Keyes, or Margaret Attwood’s The Blind Assassin or The Handmaid’s Tale, or The House at Pooh Corner, because The House at Pooh Corner is awesome. 

Today though I’m going to go for Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. It’s one of the most beautifully atmospheric and emotional books I’ve ever read. Wonderfully romantic, and at the same time horribly sad. The first time you read it you spend the whole book wondering exactly what’s going on. The second time you read it, you know what’s happening and somehow that makes the emotional connection with the characters stronger. It’s an absolutely incredible book.

Laura Delve from Laura's Little Book Blog

It’s always so hard for me to talk about my favourite book without me mentioning one of the Harry Potter ones, so to save from repeating what myself and I’m sure many other Harry Potter fans might say, I’m going to talk about my favourite book so far this year.

My favourite book this year is one that I actually read recently and that is One by Sarah Crossan. This is a beautiful, emotionally charged story of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. This is something that you only ever hear about in the news or very rarely see, so for Sarah to write a story from the perspective of conjoined twins actually opened my eyes to a world that I am ashamed to say I had not given much thought to.  What Sarah does so well is that she writes this in the view of one of the conjoined twins, Grace. By doing this she gets across that Tippi and Grace, that although conjoined, are individuals in their own right and deserve to be treated as so. 

Written in verse, One is the epitome of an unputdownable read.  The amount of care and attention to detail that has gone into this story is palpable. I honestly think that this is a story that everyone should take the time to read, as without wanting to sound clich├ęd, this is a book that will stay with long after you finished.

Adele Blair from Kraftireader

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes was one of the first books I read after purchasing a kindle back in 2012.  It was also my first introduction to Jojo Moyes. 

I was instantly swept away into Will and Lou's world.  It was hard to comprehend how Will's life had changed instantly following that terrible event.  His whole personality had become hidden behind this new shadow that was looming over him.  When Lou and Will first met each other they didn't get on.  With the story unfolding and developing it was beautiful to see their friendship blossom but it was also very tragic.  I can still feel the emotions now that I felt whilst reading this story.  I was utterly heartbroken for both Lou and Will and was sobbing uncontrollably.  The subject matter Jojo chose to write about was done so brilliantly and sensitively.  I honestly do not know what decision I would make if faced with this question. 

I am so excited that this stunning, beautiful, heart wrenching book is being made into a movie.  I am even more excited that the lovely Jojo Moyes has written a sequel.  After You on pre-order CHECK, tissues to hand CHECK

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