Sunday, 21 September 2014

Top 10 Inspiring Books

You might have seen this being done over at The Life of Bon or all over Facebook recently, so when I got tagged I thought I might as well put it on here as well as my Facebook page.

The tag is: 10 Books Which Have Stayed With Me Throughout My Lifetime.

Princess Diaries Bookshelf

10. [Last Chance - Sarah Dessen] I got this book for free with a magazine one summer, but loved it and still re-read now. It shows that as long as you are happy, screw what other people think. The characters are so vivid and perfectly flawed that they stay with you for a lifetime.

9. [A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini] A fairly recent one, but a book which made me exceptionally proud of Rich being away, and showed me a part of why the war in Afghanistan was necessary.

8. [Gossip Girl series - Cecily Von Ziegesar] A million times better than the TV series, Vanessa is bald and cool, and Dan is an outcast poet. Don't even get me started on the other differences. It introduced me to New York and is, along with Sex and the City, the main reason why I am so desperate to visit there one day.

7. [The Aquariums of Pyongyang - Kang Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot] An eye opening book about a North Korean concentration camp escapee. I had no idea that things like what happen in the book were still going on in this day and age, so it made me very passionate about the North Koreans plight, and very interested in any news articles about the secretive country.

6. [The Illustrated Mum - Jacqueline Wilson] My primary school headteacher knew Jacqueline Wilson, so as one of the most passionate readers in the school, I was allowed to write to her and she wrote back! We were pen-pals for a while, and at one point she sent me a copy of this book with a message in it, before it was even out in the shops. I have treasured it ever since.

5. [Outpost - Adam Baker] The most terrifying book I have ever read. It was one of the first end of the world type books that I read, and has made me very interested in life survival skills, just in case. Thank you to my Dad for lending me this book and then for making me scared to sleep for a week!

4. [Remember Me - Lesley Pearse] I love all the books by Lesley Pearse, and have reviewed one of them here, but this one is the book which stays with me most. My favourite way to learn about history is through the eyes of a normal person, and this book tells the tale of the first Australians, the prisoners from the UK. It also makes me cry every time, as I get so involved with Mary Bryant, the protagonist in the book.

3. [The Princess Diaries series - Meg Cabot] Being weird and tall with poofy hair doesn't necessarily mean you aren't a princess. Also, everyone has their place in the world, it can just take a while sometimes for you to stop being invisible and step up to the plate and become who you are supposed to be.

2. [Enid Blyton books] In particular the Magic Faraway Tree, Mallory Towers and The Wishing Chair. These were my favourite books as a child, and I would ask for new ones every chance I got. I had quite a huge collection at one point, before selling most of them at car boot sales. I regret this now, but I am clinging on to the last few I have, which I want to pass down to my children one day.

1. [Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling] Obviously. No other books have had such a profound affect on my life as these books have. I got the first one as a present when I was about 8 years old, and it took me over a year to actually read it because it had a train on the cover. It is true that you should never judge a book by its cover! I could go on for ages about these books, and I wrote about the top 10 reasons why I am the Ultimate Harry Potter Fan in my last post, if you would like to take a look.

So that's my list, what is yours? I tag anyone and everyone who is reading this to take part, and please let me know what yours are as I love finding new books to read. You never know, one of your top 10 might find its way into my top 10!

Rachel xx


  1. I so agree with no8 - when shall we go?! :-)
    Great post lovely!x

    1. Tomorrow?! I am going to be such an excited girl when I finally get to visit! x

  2. I never read the gossip girl books but i was a big fan when it was on TV! I also love finding new books to read, will be adding 'remember me' to my reading list :) x

    1. I have to restrain myself from telling everyone who loves the TV show to read the books, because they really are amazing. Let me know if you read it and what you think of Remember Me :) x


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