Happy World Book Day! As a child this was one of my favourite days of the year because I loved going in to school dressed up as my favourite book character, and I am not going to lie, I kind of miss it! However, as an English literature student it sometimes feels like every day is world book day with the amount of reading I have to do. Every week I have a new book to read, and while sometimes it feels like a chore having to get through 600 pages before the end of the week, I have also read some classics which have reminded me once more why I love books.
There couldn’t be a better day to start reading a new book, especially if you are snowed in like me, so if you are looking for any suggestions, here are a few of my favourites:
Pride and Prejudice
The original feminist novel in my opinion, whenever anyone asks me what my favourite book is, this is always my answer! No one can compete with the witty comebacks of Elizabeth Bennett; she is the ultimate female heroine so if you don’t already appreciate this amazing work by Jane Austen then I would recommend you try to now.
It may be quite obvious that I have a type! Another one of my favourite female driven stories, this is one that I read for the first time this semester and fell in love with! If you like watching period dramas like Downton Abbey then this should definitely be on your reading list.
Slightly different to my other suggestions, this novel is a great read for anyone who likes the dystopian world which has been so popular recently. While it may appear similar to books like Divergent or The Hunger Games, I would probably say that I like this book a lot more because it goes a lot deeper and gives the reader an appreciation for the world we live in and the importance of human emotion.
Someday, Someday, Maybe/ Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything In Between)
If you are like me and are a massive Gilmore Girls addict then it is essential you read these books. They are written by Lauren Graham a.k.a. Lorelai Gilmore and have that same fast talking charm you get from watching the TV show. The Gilmore Girls legacy lives on…
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Before the classic movie, there was the novella. If you love the film then you have to read Truman Capote’s original vision for Holly Golightly and her world! While the plot is mostly the same, the novella is just different enough to appreciate it separately from the movie. And it’s only 100 pages!
To Kill a Mockingbird
This book taught me so much about the racial tensions within the southern states of America and why it is essential to always fight against injustice and prejudice in any society, and I completely love it. It is definitely an important book to read, and I would recommend it to anyone. Once you’ve read it, you should definitely watch the film as well if you haven’t already!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
I actually studied this book in school and it was one of the most awkwardly funny books I have ever read. Most people have seen the film with Jack Nicholson but I probably preferred reading the book as there are even more funny and dramatic moments.
The Great Gatsby
There are some books I just start out reading to sound more knowledgeable and this is probably one of them, however I also really enjoyed reading it! If you are fascinated by the glitz and glamour of the 1920s then this is a must read.
I always try to read the book before watching the film version but in this case I enjoyed the film so much I decided to read the book after it and I am so glad I did. I loved the film but the book captures your emotions even more and dives even deeper into the characters’ thoughts and feelings.
His Dark Materials Trilogy
This trilogy is so good; I was completely encapsulated reading it! One of the things I love so much about these books is that they are so smartly written that I started to think this world could be real (maybe that’s just me!).
Harry Potter series
Last but definitely not least, I couldn’t ignore Harry Potter!! I know that some people might say this series is aimed at children, but I don’t think you are ever too old to enjoy them. No matter what books I read, I will always come back to Harry Potter and if you haven’t read them already then you are seriously missing out!