Fiction Friday – World Book Day

My Favourite Books

Yesterday was World Book Day is a day to celebrate all thing books, a chance to dress up as our favourite book characters or just a chance to settle down and enjoy a good book, new or old. I didn’t do much in the way of celebrating but it got me thinking about books I have loved over the years, so today I am going to share with you a few books that I have come to know and love and how I found them, in a way, this is a short compilation of my life in books!

  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.  My Uncle bought me this book when I was 8 and although it is considered a “grown-up book”  I read it over the course of a few days and really lost myself in the story.  I have read it again a few times since and still get lost in it.  It was amazing to see the movie of it too!
  • Malory Towers by Enid Blyton.  My Grandma would always buy my brothers and I a book each for Christmas and Birthdays and I remember being around 9 when she gave me the very first book in the series for a Christmas present.  On Boxing Day I sat and devoured the book in one go and couldn’t wait for the next!  One of the boys in my class was reading the series so we would swap books so we could read the full series without having to spend our pocket money on the next book.
  • What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge.  My Mum bought me these books after I had finished Malory Towers.  I used to sneak read these at night, hiding my book under my pillow and then reading by torchlight when my parents had gone to sleep.
  • Point Horror – Various Authors.  When I started High School we had access to a brilliantly stocked library that had fiction books, textbooks and general books.  I started reading these with my best friend, we would have sleepovers at her house and read them out loud to each other.
  • The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine by HG Wells.  I read my first HG Wells book as part of my GCSE English lessons in school and fell in love with his writing and story weaving capabilities.  I read both in quick succession of each other.
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  I borrowed this book from my college boyfriend, it was a huge, heavy, hardback edition that had the complete story in.  I read it over the summer holidays when I was 18 and took it everywhere with me.  While most kids my age were watching (I believe) the first-ever Big Brother, I had my nose stuck in the pages of this book.
  • Others by James Herbert.  I was on a school trip to Germany, accompanying my Aunt who was a teacher and I bought this in duty-free to read on the coach as I’m not particularly good at sleeping in moving vehicles and it kept me awake all night, I couldn’t peel myself away from the story and needed to find out what happened in the end!
  • Dr Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.  I don’t remember how I got into reading Patricia Cornwell’s books but I loved the Dr Kay Scarpetta series and remember waiting outside my local bookshop when a new book of hers was released and being so excited to get my hands on the next book!
  • Creepers by David Morell.  My friend gave me this book as she thought I might enjoy it as I am interested in urban exploration (though I have never had the guts to go!) and she wasn’t wrong!  This is still a book I pick up and re-read every few months or so and have currently read it 8 times!

There are lots more books that I could mention but these are the standout ones for me that I remember the most,  I’d love to work out a timeline in books one day, starting at the Kathy and Mark books we were taught to read as kids, then the Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl books right up to the books that I read now though I think I may have to wait until I have more free time to work on that!  What are some of your all-time favourite books?  Let me know in the comments as I’d love to see if I have read them too, if not I may have to add them to my tbr pile!

My TBR Kindle Books

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My Kindle

Last week I shared my list of physical books that are on my To Be Read pile.  Today I am going to go through my Kindle books to be read.

I usually download books that are on offer or free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription but I am not adverse to buying a book if the story captures my interest or I really love the author.  I have to remember which books I have on my Kindle Unlimited as you can only borrow 10 books at a time and I am forever forgetting to return the ones I have already read.

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s my Kindle list…

  1. Checking Out – Nick Spalding
  2. Blogging Made Easy – Amen Sharma, Gareth James, Romeo Martin J. Rosales, Rumena Begum
  3. Blogging – The 4 Step Collection – Mark Gray
  4. The Friend – Teresa Driscoll
  5. Into The Darkness – Sibel Hodge
  6. Write Blog Posts Readers Love  – Henri Junttila
  7. My Virtual Life – Sharon Dempsey
  8. Self Discovery Journal – Gerald Confienza
  9. Sleep Tight – Rachel Abbott
  10. Dangerous Girl – Emma Tallon
  11. Selfie : How We Became So Self Obsessed – Will Storr
  12. Silent Scream – Angela Marsons
  13. The Others – Ian C.P. Irvine

To Finish Reading

  1. The Minaturist – Jessie Burton
  2. The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond
  3. The Purgatorium – Eva Pohler
  4. Everyday Aspergers – Samantha Craft
  5. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate – Cynthia Kim
  6. How I Changed My Life In A Year – Shelley Wilson

What books do you have waiting to be read on your Kindle?

My TBR Physical Books

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I sorted out my bookcase the other day, its something I like doing at the beginning of the year so I can take stock of the books I have read and the ones I still have to read.  Normally, with swapping books with friends and family and acquiring new books through the year I have a pile of around 30 or so books to read before I even think of adding more to my collection.

This year though, has surprised me as I have a grand total of 16 books to read (this is just physical books and doesn’t include my Kindle list…).  4 of the books I have to read are from the Box Of Stories books and the rest are books that have been given to me by friends.  Heres the list of books to be read

  1. An Orphan’s War – Molly Green
  2. True Lies – Ross Slater
  3. The Lie – C.L.Taylor
  4. Nobody’s Child – Michael Seed
  5. Live, Laugh, Love, Always, Lydia – Lydia Bright
  6. English – Ben Fogle
  7. The Green Witch – Murphy-Hiscock
  8. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  9. Lie With Me – Sabine Durrant
  10. The Fame Game – Lauren Conrad
  11. Infamous – Lauren Conrad
  12. Starstruck – Lauren Conrad
  13. Mummy is a killer – Nikkia Robertson
  14. Daniel Isn’t Talking – Marti Leimbach
  15. The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (Aged 2 1/2) – Katie Kirby
  16. Spirit Willing, Flesh Weak – Julie Cohen

I’ve read #3 previously but want to re-read it. #5, #10, #11, #12 are not really something I would normally read but I sort of like reading books that I wouldn’t normally choose and are out of my comfort zone. #6 and #15 I have started reading previously but stopped for one reason or another so I would really like to finish those at some point, #15 is really funny and one of those books you can pick up whenever!

I’m most looking forward to reading #2 as it looks really interesting.  I wrote about this one in my “A Box Of Stories – Unboxing” post.

What books are in your TBR pile?  Have you read any that are on my list?  What did you think of them?