RIGHT. Today is the start of a daily blogging challenge that I’ve set myself, to blog something every single day in September. Since changing my Instagram to being a more book-focussed theme, it’s felt a lot more natural to me to post pictures on my account on a semi-regular basis. However, my blogging has suffered, as since I swore off mindless-filler-beauty posts at the start of this year, I’ve yet to find my proper niche in blogging where I feel super comfortable. I’ve got a load of different posts scheduled through-out this month, some old ideas and some new ones too. Expect Lush reviews, book-ish posts and some self-care posts too, along with all sorts of other things.
But to kick *today* off, I’ve compiled an (almost complete) A-Z of books that I’ve read and can vouch that they’re super duper good. In my own humble opinion, of course. One of the best things about books is how so many people who read the can have so many different opinions on them! I’ll admit, that I struggled for some of the letters (*damn* the letter X!) and for some of them, I’ve listed a secondary favourite as the book, just so I can mention the author or general series in this list. For the one I completely failed at, the letter X, I’ve included a book that a customer recently recommended to me whose author’s name begins with X.
A – The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Other Contenders: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend)
B– The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Other Contenders: Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman
C – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – (I enjoyed this entire series but specifically mentioned this one as it’s my favourite of this trilogy)
D – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K Dick – (one of my top 5 books of all time)
E – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – perhaps the most recent on this list?
F – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Other Contenders: From Here To Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
G – The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (another one of my top 5 favourite books!)
Other Contenders: Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
H – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (also in the top 5)
Other Contenders: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvent, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund)
I – I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michella McNamara – this is my favourite book of 2018 so far!
J – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
K – Kane And Abel by Jeffrey Archer
L – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (yet ANOTHER one of my favourite books)
M – Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
Other Contenders: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
N – Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – this is the book with the character that I named my dog after – the original Morrigan!
O – Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – I was struggling for an O, then saw this book on my shelf. It was the first Louise O’Neill I ever read, and now she’s one of my favourite authors. Asking For It and Almost Love are also incredible, but if I’d moved O’Neill to A, I’d have struggled too much for an O!
Other Contenders: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller.
P – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Other Contenders: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Q – The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
R – Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Other Contenders: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
S – Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
T – This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (you guessed it….one of my top 5 books!)
Other Contenders: The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
U – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
V – The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
W – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Other Contenders: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
X – *haybale blows past in the wind* -the customer recommendation I referred to in the intro is The Good Women Of China by Xinran
Y – You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl #2) by Cecily von Ziegesar – another one I massively struggled with, but I do remember reading this series as a kid before I ever saw the TV show, and from what I remember, they’re pretty good. Although the plot-line is *completely* different to the TV show – there’s not even any true love between Blair and Chuck!
Z – Zeroes by Scott Westerfield
If you’ve enjoyed this kind of post, do let me know as I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of writing it and I’ve got loads of other similar themed ideas running around my head too! (An A-Z of my favourite authors, an A-Z of bad books, an A-Z of great poems etc. etc. etc.)
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!