I originally was considering dedicating this week to anticipated reads for the second half of the year, but I’ve done two weeks like this in the past and I thought that was overdoing it slightly. (I’ll probably run out of ideas and do it eventually though) So, I thought I’d write about books I love so much that I never get fed up of. There’s quite a long list, so it’s difficult to put it down to five, but I’m sure I can do another like it eventually.
The Harry Potter Series | J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Children’s, Fiction, Magic, Adventure
Harry Potter has been one of my favourite series since I was a child and that doesn’t change now. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve reread them all, having taken the time throughout various points in my life and I’ve never gotten bored of them. The characters, setting and story as a whole are an important part of my life and I have no doubt that I’ll return to them again and again.
The Saga of Darren Shan | Darren Shan
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction
Darren Shan’s work has inspired me to become a writer myself since I was a child, having delved into The Saga of Darren Shan and immediately become obsessed with the world and its inhabitants. Much like Harry Potter, this series has a special place in my heart and is one I’ll keep returning to. Honestly, I’ve been meaning to reread it recently, but I felt way too guilty at the sight of my huge TBR. Hopefully soon!
Annie on My Mind | Nancy Garden
Genre: LGBT, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction
Annie on My Mind is the first LGBT novel I ever read, and has a huge part to play in discovering and accepting my own sexuality. The writing style and overall story is beautiful, telling the story of two teenagers falling in love at a time where homosexuality wasn’t accepted, and their determination and inner strength caused them to continue to love and accept themselves regardless. This thought process is one I keep with me every day.
The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Classics, Fiction
F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favourite authors of all-time, with The Great Gatsby being the best of his work. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button being a close second) I read it for the first time back when I was studying my A-Levels, and I’ve read it numerous times since. I even dedicated my dissertation to creating something inspired by the story; it’s just such an incredible piece of writing to me.
The Fruits Basket Collection | Natsuki Takaya
Genre: Sequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Romance, Young Adult, Comics
Fruits Basket was the first manga series I ever read, immediately falling in love with the art style and the story as a whole. Growing up, I was obsessed with the characters and story, but the collection disappeared from my nearby bookstores for a long time after I read the first fifteen. However, over the years I’ve managed to grab the last lost and have reread the story so many times. It’s such a light-hearted and adorable romance.