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Are you a book lover in need of a new book, or some new and dazzling suggestions? Or in need of buying a book for someone who already has a fully stacked book shelf of works they have already read? Hopefully this guide will give you some inspiration and a new book idea to buy for someone, or to simply read yourself! It’s split in to a range of genres and ages so there should be something for everyone.
Romance: Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
A phenomenally touching story. Lou Clark, a small town girl who loses her job and realises her boyfriend is not a man that she in in love with anymore. Her new job introduces her to Will Traynor, who since his motorbike accident, has had no desire to stick around to see what life has to offer. A story of the ups and downs of life and every emotion along the way, Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer, and really knows how to make you feel a real empathy for the characters and the bittersweet story of how these two characters impact each other’s lives.
Young Adult: Paper Towns- John Green and All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven
Both of these books are aimed at young adults but I think anybody of any age would thoroughly enjoy these two!
All the Bright Places introduces Theodore Finch- a boy who wants to take his own life, and Violet Markey, a girl still grieving over her sister’s death. They meet in an unlikely scenario, on the ledge of the bell tower. A story of two people who can only truly be themselves when they are together, two troubled teenagers who simply need a way to escape the burdens of being alive. Violet soon realises Finch and his feelings are far heavier for him than she ever realised, the story encompasses how far we go for the people we love when they are struggling, it is a deeply sad but incredible book, another one that might make you shed a tear!
What’s a book post without a classic John Green eh? Paper Towns is another story surrounding two teenagers, Quentin Jacobsen, who has always admired the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman from a distance. However after an adventurous night of sneaking out together and gallivanting on an all-night road trip, Margo is missing the next day. Who really is the real Margo?
A very interesting and unpredictable book that you won’t want to put down, another great work by John Green.
Older Children: Running Wild by Micheal Morpurgo and Winterbringers- Gill Arbuthnott
Michael Morpurgo was my favourite author growing up, you really can’t go wrong with his books. Running Wild entails Will and his family on holiday in Indonesia, that’s when the tsunami hits. Will is simply enjoying his holiday and experiencing what it’s like to ride an elephant, when the natural disaster occurs, the elephant just keeps running. A beautiful book which is as striking as its cover, very easy to read too if you are buying for children.
Winterbringers, a tale from the town of St Andrews, where a permanent winter is threatened from the Winterbringers, ice creatures and the Winter King and his witches. Josh and Callie must try and stop the Winterbringers for good. A great book for children who want an adventurous plot and a bit of a fantasy element mixed in.
Educational: Prisoners of Geography- Tim Marshall
An incredibly interesting book if you are interested in countries of the world and the many interesting facts and features they have to offer, most of the facts in here were new to me and I learnt a great deal from this book. A lot of geographical and historical information that makes the political content accessible and much easier to understand and enjoy. It’s divided up in to sections, such as Russia, China, and Western Europe, the maps throughout are also a great and interesting feature of the book.
Fiction Based on True Events: Remembrance- Theresa Breslin, Rubies in the Snow- Kate Hubbard, And the Band Played on- Christopher Ward
Remembrance begins at the start of the First World War, and follows Charlotte, her family, and her friends as they navigate growing up during a time of severe loss and conflict during the war. It’s extremely interesting to hear about the tough nature of nursing the wounded soldiers, and the battles of the Western Front.
Rubies in the Snow, is a fictionalised diary of Anastasia Nicolaevna Romanov, the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. In June, 1911, we see a ten year old girl who is enjoying a highly privileged life of dances, eloquent food and ice skating on the lake. We then see a change as Russia falls in to turmoil and her family and their position of power gradually starts to crumble. This book offers a particularly interesting perspective on the last Imperial family of Russia.
And the Band Played On, is an account of the long term impacts of the sinking of the Titanic, a story that goes beyond the loss of the one night tragedy hit. It follows the story of Jock Hume, the 21 year old violinist on the Titanic, and the family he leaves behind whose lives have changed for ever. I highly recommend this book if you are interested not only in the sinking of the Titanic, but how it impacted the every day lives of hundreds of people for many years to come.
If you have a serious book lover in your life then why not get them a beautifully covered copy of their favourite classic? This is my copy of The English Patient, given to me by my English teachers when I finished my A Levels, with a signed message inside which is a lovely touch to a gift if you want to make it extra special. The copies of all the classics in Waterstones have some beautiful covers, they make very classy and special presents if you are looking to spend a little bit more on someone.
Books with a Physical/Mental Health Theme: The Fault in Our Starts- John Green, The Shock of the Fall- Nathan Filer
Firstly can we appreciate how beautiful the cover is on this book? The Shock of the Fall is a hilarious and yet heart breaking book, Nathan Filer is a qualified mental health nurse and gives a very real and unique account of living with a mental health condition. I won’t give too much away as it is a very unpredictable and shocking read, but I would thoroughly recommend it.
The No.1 New York Times Best Seller, The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel is terminally ill, and meets the beautiful and sensational Augustus Waters at Cancer Kid Support Group. A journey of love, heart break, and how to be a teenager when you feel like you can’t do anything that other teenagers are doing. A book that will warm your heart as well as breaking it in two.
I hope you found a new book idea you would like for yourself or somebody else!
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