Reading is honestly one of my favourite things – I’m an English Lit major who definitely fits the stereotype. I’m also addicted to buying new books (despite having way too many already) and I constantly have a me-sized pile of books just waiting to be read. Although I love discovering new reads I definitely have my favourites that have really and truly changed my life, so I thought I’d share them with you guys today! I actually ran a poll on Twitter (@theauburnagenda) to see if any of you would want to read this post and the majority voted yes, so if you didn’t want to see this don’t blame me, blame the people.
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
Although I only photographed The Giver, the entire quartet (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son) are actually some of my favourite books ever, I’m just bulking them all into one so that this list isn’t miles long! If you’ve never read these, they are honestly the most beautiful, thought-provoking books I’ve ever read and they all tie so well together. It’s sort of a dystopian future – especially in The Giver – but some of the books also have a very tribal element to them. It focuses on a variety of main characters who are eventually all brought together, and each of them have incredible talents that make them very special. Don’t be put off by the film (if you’ve seen it), the book is way better and the entire quartet is just incredible – I’ll be personally offended if you don’t give these a read.
IT by Stephen King
My other most favourite book is IT. Of course, this has been making the rounds because of the new film (which is seriously awesome by the way, highly recommend watching it) but if you still haven’t read the book yet then what are you waiting for? If you somehow don’t know the plot of IT, it’s basically about an entire town called Derry that is being terrorised by a monster known most commonly as either IT or Pennywise. It’s also split into two parts, part one being about the main characters as children and part two set 27 years later. It’s a really great book and definitely my favourite by Stephen King.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Pretty much everyone and their mother has read this book, but I couldn’t not put it on my list! Thriller/murder mysteries are definitely my favourite books, and this is a seriously good one. It’s about an alcoholic who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees everyday from the train, and then becomes a suspect in the woman’s murder case. If you somehow haven’t read this book yet, go do it now (or maybe once you’ve finished reading this post).
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This was the book that really got me into suspense/thriller novels, so I had to put it on the list. This is another book that basically everyone has read (or at least seen the movie of) and so if you haven’t you should really be asking yourself why. It’s about a woman who goes missing and her husband becomes the suspect, but you’re given sections of her diary to try and discover the truth of what really happened. Another brilliant read and one that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already.
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
I took this book on my holiday to Tenerife and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. I put it in my August Favourites, talked about it on Twitter and in my Instagram story – I seriously can’t talk about it enough. To sum it up, it’s about a female detective whose working the case of a murdered woman, and she believes somehow her father was involved. There’s a lot of flashing back and forward, and the book really keeps you guessing. If you only read one book from this entire list, read this (although I’d really love it if you read them all).
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Peter Swanson is easily one of my favourite authors; I’ve read all three of his books but this is by far my favourite. If you like dark, thrilling books that will leave you shocked after every chapter then you’ll love this. It’s about a guy who discovers his wife is cheating on him and using him for his money, so he plots to kill her with a beautiful stranger – it’s a real page-turner. This is definitely in my top five favourite books and I seriously can’t recommend it enough.
The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
You guys know how much I love Dexter, so when I discovered that this book was about a lab tech who works murder cases and has an incredibly dark past (although not a serial killer) I knew I had to pick it up. It’s all about a man who becomes entranced with a mysterious woman who somehow seems to be the connection between all the murders that are taking place. Another thing, I’ve never read an ending as brilliant as this – pick it up.
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
I came to this book really late into the game, but I’m so glad I read it. It’s about a woman who forgets her entire life when she falls asleep so she writes everything down in a diary, but she quickly begins to feel paranoid that somehow she’s either going crazy or being lied to. It’s an incredible read and the movie’s pretty good too!
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
As I said before, you guys know how much I love Dexter so how could it not be on my list? I’m actually only two books in to the eight book series but I’m really loving it so far – other than the first book it follows a completely different storyline to the show, which I actually really like because now I have no idea about what might happen! If you haven’t heard about Dexter before, he’s a serial killer who lives by a code and only kills other murderers who have escaped the law. It’s brilliantly dark and witty and I’d definitely recommend it.
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Bliss is a dark horror book that is based in a private school. When Bliss’ parents leave their commune and dump her with her grandmother, she’s forced to try and fit in with the girls at school, but her newest friend seems a little odd. It’s very strange and pretty freaky, I would definitely recommend it if you’re into super dark books.
The Girls by Emma Cline
This is another book I became totally obsessed with. I read it last Christmas and absolutely fell in love with it; it’s about a young girl who decides to join a Manson-like cult, and she quickly gets in over her head. If you’re interested in cults or serial killers then give this book a read, I honestly couldn’t put it down.
So those are my favourite books! Of course I have so many others that I absolutely love (Nation by Terry Pratchett and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe to name a few) but this list is long enough already!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what your favourite books are and give me some recommendations! See you next time,