I have been a bookworm my ENTIRE LIFE, when I was a child I would read so much and watch TV so little that now I’ve read a significant amount more books than watched films in my life. So when I was tagged in this tag by Hannah from HannahsBookshelf I was SO excited to write it. I wracked my brain (and my GoodReads) to see what came to mind when I saw these questions.
So let’s get to my answers!
Name a book that makes you cry!
5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
This is one of my all time favourite books and I will always stand by that. This book is one which my Dad introduced to me about 12 years ago and I’m so happy that he did. I’ve read it multiple times and each time it makes me feel so emotional. It is a book which touches my soul and I recommend it to ANYONE AND EVERYONE that will listen.
“THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE such an astonishing book. The novel’s protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the ‘Free Fall’, dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life. While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was. Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite”
Name a book that makes you smile!
I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve read this book in my 20 years of life. I LOVE the way Nicholas Sparks articulates and writes things and this book is just one that I love and makes me smile so much. There are bits in this book which really touch my heart and make me feel all warm and fuzzy. *goes and repurchases a copy of this book*
“How far can love endure?
Noah Calhoun has just returned from World War Two. Attempting to escape the ghosts of battle, he tries to concentrate on restoring an old plantation home to its former glory. And yet he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met there fourteen years before, a girl who captured his heart like no other.
But when these distant memories begin to slide into reality, the passion that had lain still is ignited once more. Though so much is in their way, the miraculous force of their love refuses to fade”
Name a book that makes you feel passionate!
To Kill A Mockingbird
This book is one which when I finished it I wanted to CHANGE THE WORLD. It made me feel so passionate about the human race and inequalities in it. It is one which covers such sensitive issues in a really classy and interesting way which makes it more amazing. This is a really hyped book but for such good reason so if you haven’t read it GET ON THAT SHIT.
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
Name a book that makes you feel cosy!
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a classic book which I love reading because it is such a cosy read for me. I first read it when I was ill as a kid and now I just associate it with being cuddled up in my mums bed whilst drinking hot juice. It’s a nice book with some cosy descriptions and a great storyline to follow. I’m excited to reread this as an adult and see if I feel the same!
People never like me and I never like people,” Mary thought.
When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too. Mary is pale, spoilt and quite contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine…”
Name a book that transports you to a magical place!
“Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years).
Wicked is my favourite musical ever but before I’d even knew of the musical I read the book. The book is the more in-depth story behind the wicked musical and it’s amazing. It takes me to the magical world of Oz with more of a backstory about all of the different areas of the world and the different creatures. It’s an incredible book and it is an awesome magical book!
“When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature
Name a book that scared you!
“The Lord of the Flies”
Lord of the flies is a book I read in school and the idea behind it TERRIFIED ME. The idea of law and rules collapsing scares me so much as it lead to anarchy within the kids in the book. It is obviously a microcosm of society predicting what could happen if we lost all of the rules and it is something that worried me a lot in school!
“At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart”
Name a book that makes you feel jealous!
I don’t have a really close knit family and so as a child (and admittedly as an adult) I get so jealous over the March family. I wish that my siblings could be like them with each other. I wish that I was as close to my mother as them. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings because it’s a beautiful concept but I’ve always been jealous of it.
“Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with “woman’s work,” including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the “girl’s book” her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America”
Name a book with an inspiring female character!
The Color Purple
The Color Purple is a book which I only read this year but the character of Celia is such an inspiring person. She goes through so much and still becomes an amazing and real person out of the end of it. She is just amazing and I loved the book so much.
“A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love”
Name a book with an inspiring male character!
All The Bright Places
Hear me out, this book is so so sad at the end. This book made me so emotional but I found the main character so inspirational. The main character is called Theodore Finch and he deals with mental health issues and other teen issues. It’s beautifully written and the tragedy of it really emphasises how inspirational that lad is.
Also if you’ve seen the film DO NOT JUDGE THE BOOK AND JUST READ IT TO REDEEM THIS MASTERPIECE.
“Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink”
Wow friends and that is it! They’re all of my answers for the Books For All Occasions Tag by Hannah’s Bookshelf. This was an emotional rollercoaster and a real trip back in time so thank you so so much Hannah for tagging me and creating this.
I tag any book lovers who want to answer so please tag me and Hannah in your answers so we can check it out!
Question of the day is what is your favourite book EVER?? I’d love to know!
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