This is a really good book for people who want a deep, emotional read. As the words entered my brain I really thought what each word meant because they all have their own place in the book. It makes you feel empathy, sadness, happiness, relief and tenseness. It sounds complicated but it’s really a powerful story meant to take over and make the reader feel a wonderful mix of emotions.
The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis
A detailed cross between fiction and non- fiction, including real recipes and a story of a real condition/ illness. This book is meant to empower whether or not you have Cystic Fibrosis. The struggle Amelie goes through is enough to keep you going whether you are struggling on a test or it’s your darkest day yet. This book’s for everyone.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
From the creator of the Gruffalo ( another one of my favourites) comes Room on the Broom. Not only is this my favourite along with the half the nation, but my brother’s too! This was the first book I learnt to read when I as around 4 or 5. A specific memory I have is sitting on the sofa with my dad and reading it all the way through with no help! Its catchy rhymes along with its magical memories will always have a place in my heart.
Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
This is a series I always go back to, it is one of my favourites. It is such a light-hearted series just generally about some school girls and their friendships, schoolwork and endless troubled life stories. I always laugh, I always return however I’m never disappointed.
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it touched my heart many times. A touching, fragile story of a poor, lonely boy who is evacuated to the countryside. A heart- wrenching novel touching on many controversial, vital topics from the 1940s and more. Worth a read if your looking for a great, educational novel.
Whale Boy by Nicola Davies
One small whale, one small boy, one huge friendship. A blossoming friendship between a sea creature and a whole-hearted boy. This book may not immediately hook you in as the front cover and blurb are not the best but do not be fooled because this book is one of the best books I have ever read! The level of description and the word choice is just beautiful.
Nail Art by Emily Draher
Not your typical fiction book but a really good non-fiction book. If you like nail art or beauty or ( like me) you just want to get better at nail designs this is really handy. It gives you a step by step guide of how to do it and what equipment you will need. Plus a before and after guide, so it tells you how to prepare for nail polish and remove nail polish. It is a great nail design and care book.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
You definitely need to be a little older to read this but oh my goodness it is an amazing book! My brother has autism so when it describes the character (who has autism) I could really relate to his character traits. This book made me laugh and made me cry. I loved how every time I was like “oh thank goodness!” something else happened. However for me the book ended on “Ahh, what a relief!” This book does include swearing and older content so definitely consider age when you want to read this book.
Accidental Superstar by Marianne Levy
A brilliant descriptive book which portrays what I believe to be the life of a “young celebrity.” It really catches every emotion that she feels when she gets famous. I love the way that they make it so realistic to younger people even if they don’t understand fame or what she seeks stardom from. This book took me 2 days to read because I became so hooked. I think this is probably meant for 10 -13 year olds because it deals with some older issues.
The Honey Moon Sisters by Gwyneth Rees
This is a wonderful book about foster children. Poppie’s (the main character) mum has always looked after foster children but certain people will drive her to the edge. With a new foster sister who’s also in her class, let’s just say it won’t end well. A really great friendship and sisterhood story.