Hey, so this is my first attempt at something like this. Not sure how it will turn out but here goes!
Hi, my name is Megan. I’m about a month from being able to declare my major, and I’m choosing English Lit. I thought the best way to kick this thing off would be to talk about something I know well, so books it is! I’m going to only talk about stand-alone books, because otherwise we’d be here all day.
It’s a nasty, rainy day, and I should be doing all my uni readings, but instead I’d rather share my favourite books with you! So let’s begin…
My favourite kid’s novel- Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old to read kids books! In fact, this is a book I still read on a fairly regular basis. It’s about a girl (Ella) who was “blessed” with obedience by a fairy, and so she has to do what anyone tells her. As the title suggests, it does follow the Cinderella story…to a point. Ella is full of spunk. She runs away from finishing school, she slides down banisters, and she won’t let anyone tell her what to do (although that’s pretty hard, what with the curse and all). My copy is almost destroyed, I’ve read it so many times (and I may have dropped it in the bath once or twice)! The writing is great, and the story line is even better. And if you’ve seen the movie, don’t even think you know the book, they’re so insanely different! I can promise you that there are no talking snakes, and no one throws knives at helpless elves. I would also highly suggest reading other books by Gail Carson Levine, they’re all wonderful books full of magic and adventure- even The Wish, which is set in modern day New York! Also, some of her other books take place in the same universe as Ella Enchanted, so it’s fun to play spot the reference!
I should also probably mention that the name of this blog comes from another favourite kids novel, A Handful of Time, by Kit Pearson, who is my favourite Canadian author!
My favourite YA novel- Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
Okay, this was a hard one, so first I’d like to give an honourable mention to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, which is such a great read.
This one is kind of dark. It definitely has themes of depression and other mental illnesses, as well as a bit of prescription drug abuse, death, and suicide. So be warned. That being said, it’s an amazing novel. It’s also hard to explain in a way that doesn’t make it sound awful. I’ve definitely recommended it in the past by saying, “so…it’s about this girl? and some really bad stuff has happened in her life and she’s failing school. So her dad forces her to go to France with him, and then she finds this diary. And she also goes back in time to the French Revolution?”, which just makes it sound weird and gimmicky. Trust me, it’s amazing.
I just looked on goodreads to see if there was a way to explain this novel, and no one has any words for it. It also seems that people either love it or hate it. But rest assured that Andi is a great character. The book is beautifully written (I have quotes from it up on my wall), and the story is complex. You should try it and tell me what you think.
Favourite Adult Novel- Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella
Like all Sophie Kinsella novels, this one centres around and young woman, who cannot, for the life of her, tell a good lie. Seriously, if there’s one thing I have learned from her books, it’s to learn how to lie so I don’t get sucked into crazy situations!
The crazy situation in this one goes like this: At Lara’s grandmother’s funeral, the ghost of her grandmother shows up and tells Lara to stop the funeral because she doesn’t know where her necklace is. So naturally, Lara tells everyone that her grandmother has been murdered by the nursing staff. Queue side plot of murder investigation, while at the same time Lara is being plagued by the flapper ghost of the grandmother she never knew telling her how to live life like they did in the twenties. It’s great. It’s hilarious. It’s definitely light reading but it’s so much fun.
Right, well I hope you liked that tiny into into my favourite books! If you want, I could do more (classics, series, picture books, genres, whatever you want). I would also love to hear what your favourite books in these categories are, and how you feel about these ones!