Top 5 favourite books!!

I have been struggling with the task of choosing my top 5 books and have had to narrow is down to single books not in series // sequels, which has left me with the difficult task of  narrowing it down to 5 from 7!

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

"Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."

This is a really lovely read if you're into YA romance, it is so sweet but very heartbreaking at the same time, I could not put it down!

2. Ted Bundy - Conversations With A Killer by Stephen G Michuad & Hugh Aynesworth

"Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer's 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history"

This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read, it's so interesting and compelling. It was definetly a page turner from the start!  You understand how Ted Bundy's head works, he refers to these crimes in only the 3rd person, which alone is simply interesting. Definitely worth a read!

3. Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher

Summary :
"Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heart-rending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers."
This book was a gripping read, I read it within a day! The plot-line was very orginal which made it a lot more enjoyable to read! Each tape was so exciting to read about but very sad at the same time as Hannah was killed by the reasons on these tapes. It's like nothing I have ever read before and I 10/10 recommend this to anybody.
4. Stoner by John Williams
"William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. 

And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams's luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world."

I wasn't really sure what I expected when I decide to read this but I was not disappointed! The main character William Stoner was very likeable and you begin to feel as though he is your friend that you are very protective of, whenever anything bad or sad happened to me it hurt me too! Stoner became a friend to me, he was a man who had not lived a happy life as I would of liked. I really recommend this to anybody (Thanks Tom Odell for recommending this, big love)

5. The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry

Summary :
"A tale of both broad global events and intimate lives, this dazzling d├ębut spans 60 years from British Hong Kong to Paris, England, and post-colonial Hong Kong Alice Safford is a lost soul. Raised in Hong Kong by a monstrous mother and high-ranking father, she is neglected by her parents and indifferent siblings. Twenty-five years later during the Japanese occupation, Lin Shui, a young Chinese girl, was raped and murdered. Now, as a "Hungry Ghost," she finds the perfect host from whom to feed, returning with Alice to her home on the Peak. Together, entangled in the Saffords' web of dark secrets and desperate lies, they unleash chaos. Against a background of political unrest and familial breakdown, Alice's ghostly entourage swells alarmingly. Craving peace, she flees to England, then France, only to find her mischievous "Hungry Ghosts" have accompanied her. With its dazzling array of characters and numerous twists and turns in fortune, this remarkable tour de force of the imagination is full of instantly memorable characters whose lives inter-mesh and boil over in a cauldron of domestic mayhem, unleashing unworldly spirits into the troubled air" 

I read this book when I was about 14 and loved it and I have continuously re-read is so many times, I don't know why I love it so much but I do. I love everything about it!

This has been my top 5 which I have narrowed down to with a lot of effort, I haven't included any books that are my favourite which are a part of a series in anyway so maybe that'll be a post for another day! I hope you enjoyed and I have somehow persuaded you to consider reading at least one!!

Love, Beth.x

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