6.8.12

Write Stuff: Favourite Books

On this beautiful Monday morning I am linking up with Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes about my favourite books. Why is this Monday beautiful? Bolt won gold (and showed off like a peacock) and I saw the sunrise. Double win.

I am a massive book nerd and I love reading. Although I really enjoy the smell and touch of real books, I also have a Kindle and as such I can carry lots of books around on just the one device. I have tried using the Kindle app on my iPad2 but it's just not the same because of the backlit screen. I was lucky enough to have parents that read to me every night when I was little and I also learnt to read at an early age. I think that reading books in English assisted me in having an improved understanding of the English language as well as the grammar. I read the entire Harry Potter series in English and although they didn't make the cut as my favourite books (too popular), it really benefitted my English abilities.
I simply have to start with three of my favourite childhood authors. I can't wait to read these books to my future children. Roald Dahl wrote some fantastic books! Although Matilda is one of my favourites I also really like the BFG, the Witches and George's Marvellous Medicine. Quentin Blake's illustrations were also hilarious and I used to love looking at the skinny legs and sharp noses the characters usually had.
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Another outstanding favourite is Swedish author Astrid Lindgren who wrote Pippi Longstocking, Emil, Mio my Mio, Karlsson on the roof and many others. She just had this thing of making the children be the heroes and they went on some fantastic adventures!
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Probably a less well-known author is Norwegian Thorbjoern Egner who wrote beautifully about the Robbers in Cardamom Town, Karius and Baktus (who live in your teeth if you don't brush them properly) and when Per was a cow. Oh the memories.
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As I grew older my mum would recommend other books to me. I remember getting my hands on Ralph's Party from Lisa Jewell and it sparked my enjoyment of her books, London and curries. I learnt a lot from this book and her following books did not disappoint. I finished her most recently released book on the weekend and it's called Before I Met You. I absolutely loved it.
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Jennifer Weiner is another author my mum recommended to me and as with Lisa, I have read everything from her. In Her Shoes was turned into a movie but the book was much better and I enjoyed reading about the sibling relationship between Maggie and Rose and how it improved after a rollercoaster ride.
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Elizabeth Noble is an author I found once in a book store when I was browsing through different books and I knew I had to Things I want my daughters to know. It is such a tear-jerker but absolutely beautifully written as are her other books.
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An Australian author finally makes an appearance, and it is the wonderful Caroline Overington. She has written Ghost Child, I Came to Say Goodbye and Matilda is Missing. They are all so well-written and you never know where the story will end up. Mailda is Missing is about a custody battle in Family Court and which parent it will be best for Matilda to live with.
I also enjoy crime books very much. I have read everything Agatha Christie wrote and I enjoyed them all. Miss Marple and Poirot were so different, yet so systematic in their process to find out who did the bad deed. It is also very interesting to read books from that period in time, it's almost like a history lesson. 
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My mum also gave me a book from Swedish author Liza Marklund to read. It was about Annika Bengtzon, a Swedish journalist who wants the scoop and to solve the mysteries that occur. What I like about the Liza Marklund books is that she takes us back and forth in Annika's life, it's not just in chronological order.
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And to finish off my top ten, it simply had to be a best-selling Norwegian. Jo Nesbo writes about Harry Hole who is an alcoholic cop trying to solve crimes but somehow he ends up in the thick of it every single time. I like that Harry is not the usual hero and that he is seriously flawed. The books are usually situated in Oslo but he has also been to Bangkok and Sydney which is interesting. The Snowman and the Leopard will keep you up at night, I promise you that. Phantom is his most recent release which you should read last if you decide to embark on the Jo Nesbo train. 
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There are so many more authors and books I could have included on the list but I had to be strict and choose my top 10. If you ever need a book recommendation, please let me know because I am full of them. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies and usually the one that gets down-prioritised if I am busy. I therefore try and read a little before bed because I sleep so much better because of it.

What do you prefer to read? Favourite childhood book? Current read?

xx I

4 comments:

  1. WHat a great post! I love this idea...maybe I'll have a go too!
    I love reading too and wish I had more time for it! There are so many faves that I don't know where to begin! LOVE anything by Roald Dahl - he was a fave growing up! I need to go away and gather my list now...x

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    1. Thank you Alison. So many fantastic memories! You should totally do a post, would love to read it. Roald Dahl was an amazing story teller X

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  2. I loved The Twits by Roald Dahl! I think it was my favourite book and of course I loved babysitters club, but I read the little sisters one first and then the "grown up" ones!

    I didn't get read to as a child which is funny as I was such a big reader (not a sad story, my parents just couldn't speak english!)

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    1. Yes the Twits are fantastic! Haha, I remember the babysitters club, it was good fun:) X

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