Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The December Reads

Booooooks, glorious boooooks! (I love you ten times more if you sang that to the Oliver tune like I did). Now, I absolutely love reading. If I'm being 100% honest, I actually prefer writing to reading - but that isn't to say that I don't love it. I think I've been a little deterred from reading as much as I'd like to during the past year as I've had sooooo much to read for my university courses, and if you attend/ have ever been to university, you know how time consuming those bad boys can be. As well as being seriously long (seriously, could they get any longer??!), academic literature can be pretty intense, usually leaving me far too exhausted to read anything of my own once I've battled my way through the 5 page list each week. Thus, I have decided to make sure I read at least the following four books during the winter break, to really enjoy some 'me' time, and to FINALLY read these beauties that have been staring at me from my shelf all year...

1) 'Paper Towns' by John Green (< link)
Whilst John Green is (arguably) most known for 'The Fault In Our Stars', my favourite book of his that I've read so far is actually 'Looking for Alaska' (< link) which many people seem to over look for some reason which is a shame. Either way, I really enjoyed reading the two of them, so I decided it only necessary to read the 'next big thing' by John Green: cue 'Paper Towns'. I've heard mixed reviews on this one - some people state its their favourite, whereas others who are die hard fans of TFIOS have gone as far as to label it a "waste of time", so I'm intrigued to see what I think about it! What was your experience?

Ok, I obviously just had to include 'Let It Snow' because eerrrrrrrrrm... Christmas!!? I actually purchased this to read last Christmas however dissertation stress and hectic social plans leading up to Christmas meant this (gorgeous looking) little gem got pushed to the side. Nevertheless, I've heard good reviews about this little guy so I'm excited to read a lil' something to help me get into the festive spirit!

3) 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by ‎Stephen Chbosky (< link)
In short: this is definitely one of my favourite books of all time. If you have read the book already, I encourage you to re-read it again this December with me! and if you haven't, pleaseeeeee please give it a go. I strongly believe that this book is written in such a way that it will appeal to anyone and everybody's interests. Also, if you've seen the film but not read the book (like many of my friends had before I lectured them and made them read it, haha!) I would definitely recommend picking up this book. Whilst the film is enjoyable, it missed out huuuuge segments of the book, and doesn't capture the innocence and sense of exploration of the self and mind as the book so well grasps. You will very rarely see me pushing a book on people, but if there's one book you're going to pick up and read, please let it be this one! I'm sure you won't regret it.

4) 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J. K. Rowling (< link)
YES. I KNOW. I AM A SINNER..... I have never read the first Harry Potter book... or the second.........or the third. I have had this book for over a decade, haunting me. I absolutely love the latter books, but for some reason whenever I've sat down to try and get into reading from the start of the series, I just can't do it! I'm really not one for pages of description, and I do feel that J.K Rowling's writing dramatically improved in its standards towards the end of the series (not to say that it wasn't good to begin with!); however, I need to read this. I have to. It's an essential must. I need to tick it off the Bucket List. December 2015 will be the month I finally sit down and read this long-loved, yet long-neglected little gem.

& there you have it! I really hope that the book lovers (and others!) enjoyed today's Blogmas post, and I'd love to hear what you're planning on reading during the month of December too!
- Hannah x

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