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A Love Affair With... Books

Ahh books. They're not cool, are they? At school, if you liked them, enjoyed reading and, heaven forbid, took occasional trips to the school library at lunchtime, you were a square. Pure and simple. Nowadays, it's not as unfairly tarnished with negative connotations. You're not a square for sticking your nose in a book. You're socially accepted, even if you do like reading. (Thank. Goodness.)

Now, we've got a winter theme going on over The Weekend Edition this month, and curling up with a good book is one of our favourite pastimes on those chilly winter nights. So, we thought we'd share some of our favourite reads with you! Read on to find out what they are.




Katie's Favourite Books:

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This is probably my favourite ever book. I've read it several times in a pretty short duration, as it was only released last year. Haig's from the East Midlands, like us, and this book details his struggle with depression and anxiety. It completely documents his journey back to better mental health, and beyond.

Reasons To Stay Alive isn't laid out like a traditional book, as it's got really short, snappy chapters that are only a few pages each. (Which makes it great if you've got a short attention span, or if don't have a lot of time to read.) The book truly offers hope to those who've been in the same situation, and offers enlightenment for those who haven't. If you don't already own a copy, I'd definitely recommend picking one up!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

A firm favourite from my from childhood, I remember reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and re-reading it countless times. It seemed utterly magic to my 6-year-old self. A few months ago, I stumbled across the original copy I had as a child, and couldn't resist flicking through it again. It brought back so many memories! I'm sure I'm not the only one who was enthralled by Dahl's works as a child. (If so, let us know in the comments what your favourite Roald Dahl book is!)

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

An oldie, but a goodie! I've read this book several times, which is all about a thirty-something in London who's torn between the slightly pompous lawyer Mark Darcy or her smarmy boss Daniel Cleaver (I'm on #TeamDarcy in case you were wondering.) 

Anyway, I'm sure you don't need me to recap the plot of this popular book, do you? To me, the first book's the best out of the three. Despite the fact it was written in the nineties, some aspects are still pretty relevant to women today. Again, if you haven't read it, or have only seen the film, treat yourself to a copy!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

I only read this gem at the start of the year. It's quite niche, for beauty lovers only. Pretty Honest is full of so much fantastic advice and information about skincare, makeup, and beauty in general. I take every thing that Sali Hughes has to say about beauty as gospel, because she really knows what she's talking about! Her most recent book, Pretty Iconic, is one that's currently on my to-read pile!

This book's definitely worth buying, whether you're a fellow makeup maven, or if you're a novice looking to gain more knowledge. Buy it, you won't regret it!

One Day by David Nicholls

I can't be the only one who loves this book, surely? One Day follows Emma and Dexter for 20 years on every St. Swithuns Day after they meet at their graduation. It's certainly relatable content for recent graduates when both their lives don't turn out how they expected over the course of the book. You might need some tissues towards the end though, that's all I'm saying. Just after they finally realise that they should be together, a horrible twist tears them apart. Oh, that twist - it's heartbreaking. 

(I won't give you any more spoilers though. Promise.)



Amy's Favourites:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


I didn't read this children's book until I was 15, but it quickly became one of my most beloved books. The book follows the story of Sophie Hatter, a girl born the eldest of three in the magical world of Ingary. Sophie believes that because she was born eldest of three, she's destined to fail first and worst in life. As a result, she has poor self-esteem and resigns herself to the fate of inheriting her father's hat shop. All this changes one day when she meets the Witch of the Waste who curses Sophie.

Determined to make the best of her situation, Sophie decides to seek the help of the Wizard Howl.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

We all know this one, don't we? This is the tale of a small group of rabbits who leave their warren due to the visions of death beheld by their smallest member. Watership Down follows them through their trials and tribulations to find and protect their new home.  The story of their companionship and bravery is one I love to read over and over again!

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

One of my favourite childhood book series is the Redwall series by Jacques. This series follows the anthropomorphized animals living in the titular Redwall Abbey. In this series Mossflower is my favourite, which tells the story of how the Abbey came to be. It follows the heroic mouse, Martin the Warrior, as he helps the animals over throw the evil wildcat warlord, Tsarina.

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

One of the first high fantasy books I ever read, and part of a favourite series for many fantasy readers. With the popularity of the films and books I'm sure I don't need to tell you what it is about! I've read and enjoyed the entire trilogy, but my firm favourite is definitely the first book.

Blind Beauty by KM Peyton

When I was a pre-teen, I was obsessed with horses, so mum brought me a lot of horse-themed books. Out of all those books the one I still enjoy reading is the story of an abused girl and her love for an 'ugly' horse. Set with the back drop of the horse racing scene this book is an emotional and at times bitter-sweet story that shows how love for an animal can save a person emotionally.


What are your favourites? 

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