You other brothers can’t deny!
If you know me, follow me (on the internet, not in real life) or have heard of me, you are likely to know I don’t mind a good book or two… hundred. You know that urge you get once you’ve finished an insane Netflix series and you just HAVE to tell someone about it immediately? Compare thoughts on what happened with anyone else that has seen it? That’s me with books, except it is much harder to find people who a) have read the same one or b) care.
I created an Instagram account dedicated to book reviews (@ellreadsbooks if you are interested), and much to my surprise, I found a whole new sea of people on what we call ‘bookstagram’ – filled with book lovers, authors and aspiring writers. AKA, my dream land. I have made friends from all over the world who care about the same books, are obsessed with the same characters and had their minds blown with certain endings of certain books… no spoilers. Making the review account has rekindled my love for books (even though it was always there – now it’s just bigger…) and I wanted to share with you some of the best books I have come across this year, in the hopes that even if you just read one book in your life, it is one of these.
It takes an incredible piece of writing to impress me these days, having read so many books at a relatively fast pace, the more I read, the more it takes to love a storyline (long story short, I have high expectations). Some are much better than others, and there’s the rare few that flip me upside down and have me gaping in awe at the words I have just consumed. Like, Stephen King, what happens inside your brain?! I don’t even want to know.
So, if you are an avid book lover, looking for something to completely boggle your mind or even if you haven’t read a book since primary school, I need you to read these so I can discuss the endings with someone. Thank you in advance (even though you will be the ones thanking me):
I have posted blurbs and reviews on all of these books over at @ellreadsbooks, if you don’t want to judge a book by it’s cover. Also, Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is my new favourite book of all time, knocking Breakfast at Tiffany’s off it’s long-standing podium. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.
Reading has always been my safe haven. I love feeling all-consumed by the story I’m reading, and is such a calm and peaceful part of my life (unless you read Pet Semetary or The Shining…) in what can usually feel like a very overwhelming and difficult time. We are all different in so many ways, but my personal experience with fiction novels is that it allows me to escape my own worries for a little while and is a good outlet to let my mind feel creative. The feeling of snapping a book shut after reading the last page is something else, I don’t think I will ever tire of it. I truly do believe the books I have read throughout my life have helped shape me into who I am today (antisocial and introverted) in the most beautiful way possible. Words really do change you.
If you decide to give one of these books a try (or you already have), please reach out – I would love to hear from you and compare thoughts. The endings of all the stories I have recommended here will literally blow your socks off.
Lovely chatting, as always (you are such a good listener!) and until next time,