Books to make you fall back in <3 with reading! My guest post

So I jumped at the chance to do this post, which first appeared on Lipstick & Motherhood, a great new blog I stumbled across that covers all things from beauty, motherhood, fitness and more!


Ok, so that title is quite a claim, but I stand by it!
As many of my readers know, I am a bookworm. Reading relaxes my mind, transports me into other worlds, and makes my life all the richer. Because of this, it makes me sad when people tell me they’re just not into reading, or they used to love it when they were younger but can’t get back into it. I think this is a huge shame, and firmly believe it’s a case of a bad or inappropriate book. 
Without further ado, check out my list of books guaranteed to get those pages turning!
Shadow of the wind series – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The city of Barcelona pulses alive in this gothic tale filled with mystery, suspense and romance. It’s a very readable trilogy, with the pages flying as you try and unravel the mystery 10 year old Daniel Sempere stumbles upon when he ‘adopts’ a novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The writing is beautiful, and the story gripping. Good luck putting it down!


The Bronze Horseman series- Paullina Simons
Mention this series to any book lover and wait for the dreamy sigh that follows. A book set in the dark and cold days of the Siege of Leningrad, it tells the story of Alexander and Tatiana. The three part trilogy begins when they first meet, and takes us right through their lives. It’s a must read. Trust me on this one!

Graceling series- Kristen Cashore
For fans of young adult and fantasy, this trilogy is set in a realm where a selected few are given a Grace., or special powers such as singing or dancing, to the more sinister like killing.  Katsa, the main protagonist in the first novel is blessed with this very Grace. Being the King’s niece, she’s basically his thug, until she works out her real place in the world. It’s a great series with great character development, strong female characters and well thought out universe, and it only seems to get better with each novel. 

The Devil Wears Prada- Lauren Weisberger
The ultimate in chic lit. Andrea Sachs dreams of working at The New Yorker, but after papering New York City with her CV to no avail, she lands a job at the hottest magazine in town, Runway. The catch? Andrea doesn’t know her Choo from her Blahnik and in the eyes of Miranda Priestly, her demanding boss -AKA the devil incarnate- that is a sin punishable by a thousand laundry and coffee runs. A fast, light and fun read. 

The Light between Oceans – M.L Stedman
Make sure you have your tissues handy! This book left me literally breathless.  The novel is set in the 1920’s on Janus Rock, a small island off the coast of Western Australia. Tom, a young lightkeeper and his wife are the only inhabitants of the lonely island, until one fateful day a boat washes ashore carrying a dead seaman and a bawling infant.  The characters will make you question the thin line between right and wrong, and will stay with you long after the last page. Read it before the film!

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
This is another tearjerker set in Nazi occupied Germany, and narrated by Death. The novel describes the extraordinary circumstances of Leisel Meminger’s life, including life with her foster parents Hans & Rosa Huberman, her neighbour and confidant Rudy, the Jewish boy that ends up living in their basement, and her obsession with stealing books. Its beauty lies in the simple yet complex world so far removed from our own, and the writing is seriously beautiful. 

Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth
Kate is queen of the fairytale retelling, and she really delivers with this one. Set in Venice, the novel tells the story of Margherita, forced into a locked tower due to wrongdoing committed by her father in her youth. The story is a magical weaving of the original tale of Rapunzal, drawing together three female characters across time. A lot darker than the Disney version and a whole lot more compelling! It’s historical drama with a dash of romance. 

Madame Tussaud – Michelle Moran
Anything written by Moran is magical, but this novel really brings to life Paris on the cusp of a revolution. Many of us know Madame Tussaud as just a name of a wax museum, but who was the woman behind the name? A great read from the master of historical fiction.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone series – Laini Taylor
Besides having one of the best covers I’ve seen from a while, this is a great fantasy series with great characters, a cracking pace and a very well thought out realm. Karou is a 17 year old student brought up by the chimaera (half human half animal creatures). They trade in teeth, and Karou proves their only link into the human world where this currency can be collected, and traded for wishes. Still with me? Enter Akiva, a seraph who seems hell bent on turning Karou’s world upside down. A really original work which younger readers would also enjoy. 

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 
An oldie but a goodie. If you loved the movie, you really must read the book. It’s filled with laugh (and snort) out loud moments as Brigitte Jones, a 30 something year old singleton navigates life and love.  Written in the form of diary entries, the novel follows Bridget on a year of self improvement, charting to accomplishments, mishaps, thigh size and love life with expertly written prose. 


So there you have it! Have you read any of these books? What books have you managed to whip through at lightning speed? I’m dying to know…because my to be read pile is just not large enough (ehem..!)

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