Favourite Reads

As a young girl I spent all my free time reading, whether it was at school or the minute I got home, I completely absorbed myself in the fictional world. Reading allowed me to escape and absorb character’s emotions and personalities, and this was the only thing my parents just left me to do- hanging out with friends outside of the house was not even an option at that age. The older I got the more my taste in books changed. Here are some of the books I love and cherish.

Goosebumps Series – R.L Stine
The Goosebumps book collection literally gave me goosebumps. I remember I would sometimes be so scared and anxious by the storyline, yet I would still read on until I had finished the book. I went through them way too quickly! The one that sticks in my head is the title The Girl Who Cried Monster. The novel follows the basic premise of the old tale, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” A girl loves scaring her brother with monster stories, until one day she has a real story to tell about her librarian but no one believes her.

Kensukes Kingdom- Michael Morpurgo
I remember my teacher in year four read a few pages of this book to us everyday. I was soo impatient and I remember wishing that she would just read us the whole thing instead. The storyline was something you could get lost in and explores emotion, trust and friendship throughout the book. The story is about a young boy who falls off his parents ship and ends up stranded on an island with a native indian. Things don’t get off to a good start, but slowly and surely a friendship develops between the two and the boy is eventually reunited with his parents.

Secrets- Jacqueline Wilson
I started reading Jacqueline Wilson’s books during high school, and I remember having most of her collection, only recently did I let them go. My personal favourite from the collection was Secrets. This told a story about two teenage girls, from two very different backgrounds via their diary entries. One lived in a council estate, and the other lived in a posh part of London. The two girls eventually meet and become the best of friends as their diary entries intertwine.

Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden
This novel is so beautifully written that I did a double take when I realised that it was written by a man. It was a story that stuck with me for a long time even after I had read it. The film was good too, but not as compelling as the book. The story reveals the cruelty and ugliness of life behind the pretty painted face of a geisha girl, and sums up the most dramatic history of Japan. Sayuri is sold off to forever be in debt to her owner, who she must repay and look after once she is a geisha. Memoirs of a geisha opened my eyes to a culture that is often misunderstood by the western culture. It is so absorbing and thought provoking that Sayuris life becomes yours for the duration of the novel. I became so fascinated by the Japanese culture that I have made it a wish on my bucket list to visit Japan in this lifetime. A must must read.

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