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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to a Friend. Top Ten Tuesdays.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesdays is about book recommendations. I have chosen to do my top ten about books I’d recommend to a friend. I’ve already recommended most of the books I’ve mentioned on the list to friends. I love chatting about books and getting recommendations. I urge anyone reading this blog to try any of these, and to let me know if you like them!

1. One Day, David Nicholls. This book is simply brilliant. I passed this on to quite a few friends so my copy looks very well-loved. This is one of those books where you force people to read it so you have someone to talk to about it, and constantly pester them asking which bit they are up to. I got very attached to the main characters, Dexter and Emma, and didn’t want to leave them at the end of the book.

2. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker.
This is a classic, and for very good reason. Everyone just has to read this book.

3. The Help, Kathryn Stockett. I read this just before the movie came out, and loved both.


4. The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. I stayed up extremely late reading this book, and I remember crying a little too hard throughout the last few chapters. It was amazing.

5. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.
Wonderfully written, interesting structure and gripping throughout, an excellent who dunnit.

6. You Had Me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane. Fairly light and funny. This would be perfect for a holiday. Particularly recommend this to any fellow Mancunians as it is set in Manchester.

7. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. This whole trilogy just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It has it all. And of course, there’s a love triangle. I love all three of the books, and the last film was brilliant. I can not wait for the new film to come out, and have cinema tickets booked to see it! (3D Imax, too excited!).

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini.
Hosseini is a master story teller. It’s hard to put into words just how wonderful this novel is. The Kite Runner is also wonderful and nearly made this list. Unfortunately I don’t have an image of this book as I read a library copy.

9. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran. This book is awesome. Moran’s honesty and humour is fantastic. A must read.

10. You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney. This book is a bit different from the rest as it’s non-fiction. It is a psychology book, and comically explains that we are all a bit deluded. It’s very funny and will leave you with lots of fun facts to share, who doesn’t love a fun fact?

I’m really enjoying Top Ten Tuesdays so far! Looking forward to reading what books will be recommended on other peoples blogs.

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Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign. Top Ten Tuesdays!

I’ve been reading Top Ten Tuesdays on other people’s blogs for awhile now, and thought it would be fun to do my own. This week’s theme is about the covers that I would most like to re-design. This is quite tricky for me. I had a wander over to my bookcase thinking I would easily pick out a few books that I would like to redesign, however, I must choose books with nice covers, as I could barely find any bad ones! I’ve done my best, most of these are books that I’ve enjoyed but feel that they could do with more exciting covers.

1. Nicholas Sparks novels. All of them. I really like Nicholas Sparks as an author, I think he writes about relationships and emotions really well. His writing has brought me to tears, and made me rejoice with happiness. However, I think his book covers let him down. They are predictable, and could just do with more spark ;).

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2. The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster, by Gillian Cross. I was obsessed with the demon headmaster books, and the tv series, but this cover is just horrible!

3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I don’t have my own copy of this as I got it from the library, but I remember the cover being a bit dull.

4. The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley.

5. Strange Meeting, Susan Hill.
Slightly unremarkable picture on the front.

6. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling. Considering the amount of resources that were probably put into this book design, I think it could have been much much better!

7. A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde.
This is a brilliant play, but I just don’t see the relevance of the cover at all. Its quite garish.

8. Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. Definitely not the most exciting cover.

9/10. As the picture includes more than one book this can count as 9 and 10 (maybe I’m slightly cheating but this is hard!). Generally, I don’t like having books that are TV or movie tie-in editions.

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Which book would you like to redesign?