Updated: Sep 1, 2020
I love books, and yes I will read many books that I think are amazing, but these are the ones that I will read time and time again! This list may be updated as I discover more and more books and as time passes between finishing an amazing book and wanting to re-read it. So maybe in a few months or even a year's time, there may be new blog post with more books added.
So let's get into it...
Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling.
Anyone who knows me will know I am a huge Potterhead! If I could live in the Harry Potter universe, I would. I love this series and I have read all 7 books in order at least 4 times since I first read them when I was about 9, and I have re-read the odd book from the series here and there.
I won't bother going into what Harry Potter is about because everyone and their dog knows the gist of HP, but if you've only ever watched the films and not read the books, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Yes the films are amazing, but they don't do the books justice as there are so many scenes and other characters which should've been in the movies! THE MOVIES ARE MISSING PEEVES!!!
These books just transport me to such a happy place and if I'm ever in a reading slump where I don't know what to read or I'm just not feeling it, a Harry Potter book will put me straight back in the mood.
2. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
I am not going to lie to you, the first time I read this book I didn't like it. I know you are probably thinking well why are you including it? And that is because even though I didn't like it the first time, after the film adaptation came out I decided to try and read it again and I am not sure what happened but after reading it for a second time, I fell in love with it!
For those of you who don't know what this book is about, it is a story about the budding romance between Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl who is currently in the third year of battling cancer, and Augustus 'Gus' Waters, a 17 year old boy who is currently in remission. They meet at a therapy group for young people either battling cancer or in remission and the story goes from there. However, this is a tear jerker so have your tissues on stand by, as there are a couple of twists which will shock you!
3. All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
This emotional YA novel is about mental illness and the heartbreaking effects it can have on the person suffering from a condition, and the people around them. Finch and Violet meet at the top of the school's bell tower, both considering to jump but save one another from doing so. This book eloquently explores the relationship these two form from their initial meeting and the mental health conditions they both suffer from.
Again another tear jerker, but every time I read this book I fall more in love with it. It is brilliant. If you haven't read this, I highly suggest you do, but prepare yourself for the emotional rollercoaster you will set off on.
4. We Were Liars - E.Lockhart
The first time I read this book I read it in the space of 3 hours cover to cover. If that doesn't tell you how good of a book it is, I don't know what will. This book is so gripping and such a page turner that has lots of twist embedded throughout.
It is about the wealthy Sinclair family who spend their summers together on their private island and is from the perspective of 17 year old Cadence Sinclair who suffers from terrible migraines after an accident which she can't recall. I don't want to say too much because if I do, I am very likely to spoil it, but this psychological thriller is amazing!
5. Gallagher Girl Series - Ally Carter
Made up of 6 books: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy, Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover, Only The Good Spy Young, Out Of Sight Out Of Time, United We Spy.
This series is aimed at teenagers and young adults and is centred around 4 friends who are at a boarding school for spies. There are many different plot twists throughout the series that are so well written it really is unpredictable, which makes it such a page turner.
I've read this series probably about 4 or 5 times now since I first read them a few years ago and they are phenomenal, definitely a must read!
I can only find the box set of all 6 books on Amazon and only in paperback. On the Waterstones and WHSmith websites all the books are sold separately, I have linked the first book of the series for each website above.
6. Divergent Series - Veronica Roth
This trilogy includes: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant.
This is originally a trilogy but does have a fourth book called Four about this character/from his perspective.
It is about a post-apocalyptic society in Chicago which is split into 5 different factions - each standing for different beliefs. These are: Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intellectual), Dauntless (brave), Candor (honesty), Amity (peaceful). There are also a few people who don't belong to a faction or failed their initiation and became factionless.
It follows Beatrice (Tris) in the first book and as the series progresses, they are written from both the perspective of Tris and Four. There is also a film adaptation of the series which does have a very different ending! I loved this series and that's why it has made its way to this list.
7. The Hunger Game Series - Suzanne Collins
The final series I am going to be writing about today, and another trilogy made up of: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay.
This again has also been made a film series, with the last book being split into 2 films (like Harry Potter), but once again, as good as the films are the books are ten times better! I remember first reading this series when I was about 12, and I read it in a week. I am now nearly 17 and still love this series!
I'm not going to go in depth explaining what this series is about because it is that popular that I'd be surprised if you didn't know at least the basics of this series. This series is that popular that Suzanne Collins actually released a 4th book earlier this year (The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), which I haven't purchased yet so I can't comment on it, but the reviews so far make me want to read it.
8. Differently Normal - Tammy Robinson
Finally, the last book in this list is the YA novel Differently Normal which I actually got as a Christmas present last year from my sister. The fact that I only got this last Christmas and have re-read it three times already should tell you how good this book is, but oh my it made me cry. I bawled and sobbed at the ending of this book, it was actually a little ridiculous but still! This book is outstanding!
It follows two characters Maddy and Albert who despite their personal difficulties, and no matter how high the odds were stacked against them, they fall in love. This novel follows their story and the writing is extremely gripping and makes you genuinely care for the characters which is what makes this story so heartbreaking.
I can only find this book printed in paperback which are linked above!
These were my top 8 favourite books of all time! Don't get me wrong, it took me awhile to narrow it down because I love so many different novels, however in the end I was very harsh with my list and any books which I loved but had not re-read I cut them out of the list, but they will probably be featured in the future on my blog!
Let me know what your all time favourite books are!
Have a good day,
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