My Top Five Books

I had so much fun writing the book review for “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” that I thought that I would share my top 5 books with you, giving each of them a bit of a review (i.e. as to why they’re in my “top 5”).

These books aren’t in any particular order –

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk:

After catching her cheating boyfriend in the act at the world’s worst wedding, Angela Clark flees the UK, heading to New York City with only a bridesmaid’s dress, a pair of Louboutins, and her passport. Once landed in the Big Apple, Angela finds a hotel to crash at, and that’s where she meets her NBFJenny.

Following a New York makeover and an expensive shopping tour, Angela starts to make a life for herself in the city that never sleeps. Dating two hot guys, writing about it on her blog, and making friends… so, will Angela “heart” New York more than home?!

I’m obsessed with this book – along with the entire series, really – and have read it, at least 3 times! I originally picked this book up, solely because of the fact that the title was “I Heart New York”. I’m obsessed with New York City, and found myself living vicariously through Angela Clark – constantly wishing that I could be there – across the good, the bad, and the ugly!

I laughed, I cried… and I fell in love, over and over again – with New York, with Angela, with Jenny, with the entire book!

Lindsey’s writing is amazing, and I love all of her books, but this is where it all started for me… with I Heart New York.

If you’re looking for a 5/5-rated, light-hearted, witty and funny series, the I Heart series is for you! The books in this series are as follows –

I Heart New York

I Heart Hollywood

I Heart Paris

I Heart Vegas

I Heart London

I Heart Christmas

I Heart Forever

 

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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling:

Harry Potter has reached the age of thirteen and is in his third year at Hogwarts. Although hoping for a quiet term – focusing on Quidditch and his friends – Harry’s dreams are shattered when a mass murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison.

Hogwarts is assumed to be the safest place for Harry to be in, but with ghoulish predictions from Professor Trelawney and with Dementors surrounding the school, Harry is unsure if he’s going to make it to the end of term.

I was very late to the “Harry Potter party”, in that I watched the films for the very first time, last year, and only afterwards read the first three books of the series.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban was my favourite one of the movies and, so far, it’s the same case with regards to the books from the series. I have just finished The Goblet Of Fire, and I still think that POA is my favourite, although I do think that GOF is the funniest, so far!

I really love Sirius Black… I think that he’s a fantastic character, which is probably why I love this book so much (I mean – it’s very much his story).

I give this book a 5/5 rating, and I absolutely recommend it!

 

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How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry:

After making a promise to her father on his deathbed that she would keep his beloved bookshop – Nightingale Books – open, Emilia struggles with settling back into life in the Cotswolds and with keeping property developers away from her shop.

Emilia’s customers also have their own stories to tell… the lady of the manor who’s hiding a secret close to her heart, the single dad looking for books to share with his son, and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush.

I love to read books about writers, bookshops, etc.… just books and reading in general! I feel like I can relate to the characters so much, being a booklover and all. I really did fall in love with this book; I love that there are several stories within and that they all lead back to Nightingale Books, somehow.

If you’re looking for a cosy read by the fire on a blustery day, this is the one for you!

I give this book a 5/5 rating.

 

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Killing Floor by Lee Child:

Killing Floor is the first instalment in the Jack Reacher series (by Lee Child), introducing Reacher to us as the tough ex-military cop with no first address. Whilst in search of a dead guitar player, Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain to reach Margrave – a little town in the state of Georgia.

However, Margrave has just seen its first homicide in 30 years, and Reacher is the only stranger in town. Although the body count begins to mount up, only one thing is for sure – they picked the wrong guy to take the fall!

My first ever action/thriller book… and what a book it was! I’ve watched the Jack Reacher films, and absolutely loved them. But, as always, the books are even better! I was hooked on this book from the first couple of pages, and I couldn’t put it down!

I read the following review on the front cover of this book, and truly felt that there was nothing more to be said on the matter –

“I’m very much in love with Jack Reacher – as a man and a role model. If I can’t shag him, I want to be him” – Lucy Mangan.

I give this book a 5/5 rating. One thing that I will say is – Tom Cruise, despite being fantastic and playing the role outstandingly (as he always does), probably shouldn’t have been cast as Jack Reacher in the movie. This is an observation that’s based solely on the description of Jack Reacher (as provided by Lee Child in his books).

 

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi:

This is a true (non-fiction/autobiographical) story that’s based on Paul Kalanithi’s life. On the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon and at the age of 36, Paul was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. One minute, he was a doctor treating patients, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live.

In all honesty, I can’t even remember how I came across this book; I just knew that when I did, I had to read it! I got through this book, quickly. It’s interesting, gripping, heart-warming, heart-breaking, and will have you feeling so many emotions, cover-to-cover.

Paul’s words and work are a testament to him, as a person and as a doctor. This book is beautifully written, especially considering the circumstances, and it is a story that will stay with you, long after you put the book down.

I’d absolutely recommend this book, and I give it a 5/5 rating.

 

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12 Comments

  1. August 30, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    They seem so good! Now I'[m reading just second book of Harry Potter. I heard about I heart… series. Should read at least this one you’ve read. Also I’d like to read How to find love in a book shop, cause title and cover are great.

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    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 30, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      I’m onto the 5th book for the HP series 😁 the I Heart series is my favourite ever! I’d absolutely recommend it ☺️ thanks for reading x

  2. August 31, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    A great list of books. I will be adding them to my TBR list.

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 31, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Ah thank you for reading. I’m glad these books are of interest to you 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

  3. September 1, 2018 / 9:46 am

    POA is by far my favourite as well; i adore the illustrated version of it as well. I keep meaning to read the Lee Child books, my dad has them all, think I’ll have to pick the first one up soon.xx

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    • Stephloves
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 11:54 am

      I haven’t seen the illustrated version. I may have to check that out. They’re really great books, the rest can be read in any order really but Killing Floor is definitely the one to start with. I hope you enjoy 😁 thank you for reading 🧡

    • Stephloves
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Aww thank you for reading. ☺️ Yeah I really enjoyed How To Find Love in a Bookshop, it was such a nice book. I hope you enjoy the others 😁🧡

  4. September 1, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    These were awesome reviews. I dont have much time to read but I am definitely going to pick up the book Killing Floor. You really have me waiting to see what happens…😯

    • Stephloves
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Ah thank you so much ☺️ I really love the Jack Reacher series and it’s definitely the one to kick it off with. The rest can be read in any order really but that’s been my favourite so far. I hope you enjoy 😁

  5. amelia
    September 3, 2018 / 8:25 am

    My mum loves depressing stuff so I got her When Breath Becomes Air for Christmas. Surprise surprise, she loved it… but I read the blurb and that was enough for me. Not ready to face my own mortality just yet! Which is a shame because I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews for it. I’m sure I’ll get there eventually!

  6. September 3, 2018 / 9:14 am

    How to find love in a bookshop sounds so interesting. Totally my kind of book.

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