Hello everyone – I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend!
Today I’m going to discuss a book I love, or more realistically, as I look at my bookshelves, several books that I love. They are books that have stayed with me, meant a lot to me, or were just jolly good reads.
- The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux.
I’m a huge fan of the musical and have been for a long time. My Dad bought me my first copy of the novel when I was about 16 and it enchanted me as much as the musical did. The copy my Dad bought for me has now been read multiple times, has a lovingly cracked spine, has been signed by a few performers who have been in the musical, and I’ve highlighted all my favourite quotes. It’s truly a treasured possession of mine and I love it dearly.
- Les Misérables – Victor Hugo.
Yep. Another book I adore that has its basis in my adoration for the musical. I first read Les Mis when I was 16, and it has provided me with some of my happiest memories and brought me the best friends I’ve ever had. Sadly, the themes of the novel are still as relevant as they were when the book was written, but it still gives me hope for the future. Hugo has written some stunning lines, some funny, some heart-breaking, and some inspiring. I now own four copies of the book and I love them all equally.
- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton.
I devoured this book in two sittings – it was so engaging. This book was a unique, original take on mystery novels that was stunningly written in every way. I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know. I even wrote a review of it, and you can read that here!
- If We Were Villains – M.L Rio.
There was nothing that I didn’t love about this book. It has everything I love: Shakespeare, dissolution, complex characters, drama, murder, queer characters, and romance. It was another one of those books that I basically inhaled because I read it so fast, and I immediately regretted it. I wanted it to be longer! I should have savoured it! I cried so much reading the last few chapters of the book that I accidentally ended up going out with mascara streaks all down my face.
- The Night Watch – Sarah Waters.
I first read this book in my mid-teens when I was at school, and because I had to read it for school, I didn’t like it originally. The book crept up on me and enraptured me quite without warning. The Night Watch is told backwards – starting at the end of the story and working back to the beginning so we discover how they ended up in the situations they did. I loved learning about each of the character’s stories, how they viewed the world, and how they navigated the war. Plus, as a girl coming to terms with her own sexuality, I loved reading about lesbians!
There are many books that I’ve loved and adored over the years, but these are the one that have immediately sprung to mind! Do you have any books you’ve loved and cherished?
Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me again tomorrow!