By Stacey Blogs
Today I have Stacey from Stacey Blogs telling us all about her favourite books. I know I’ll be checking some of these out after reading all her thoughts. Thanks for sharing. Read below to find out all about them. I’ve also written a post about some of my favourite reads on her blog too.
Thank you so much to Emma for having me on her Blog to share my favourite books of all time! This was trickier than I thought – I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve read a whole lot of books over the years! For background, my favourite genres tend to be Romance/Drama/Heartfelt books and ones with a strong female lead. So without further ado – Let’s dive in 🙂
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
So I actually bought this book years and years ago and it ended up on my TBR for a long time. Lockdown came around and I decided it was finally time…and boy was I annoyed I waited so long. You follow the orphaned Jane from age 10 through to adulthood as she overcomes multiple obstacles and tragedies. Despite being written in the 1840’s you can’t help but admire the strong young woman as, from childhood, she refuses to adhere to other peoples expectations of her. She does things her own way – we love to see it!
A story of love, mystery and triumph in spite of adversity. A feminist novel before it’s time…Jane is my hero.
You, Me, Everything – Catherine Isaac
Sometimes you get that book where, despite it being a while since you read it, you remember exactly how it made you feel when you finished. This is that book for me. With another strong female character at the helm, it took me hardly anytime to get invested in this sweet story of family, motherhood and hope. This embodies all of my favourite things in a book, a little romance, lots of drama and tear-jerking moments. Call me crazy but I love a book that makes me cry because it means it’s doing its job, taking you out of your reality and deeply into a fictional world of characters you care about.
I made the fatal error of starting this book late at night but couldn’t but down – not so great for the 7 am alarm but very, very worth it. I really recommend this one, you won’t regret it 🙂
This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay
If you live in the UK there’s a high chance you heard about this book when it came out as it created quite a buzz. If not, this is definitely one not to miss. It is a collection of diary entries from an ex-NHS doctor, Adam Kay, sharing stories about his life as a junior doctor, a collection of (anonymous) patient stories that range from hilarious to tragic. This book is a total rollercoaster, I was crying one minute and laughing the second. Non-fiction books covering a sensitive topic always hit a different nerve because you are aware that these stories are true but as a British person with immense respect for the NHS and medical staff this really hit a chord with me. So much so I bought it to work the next day and didn’t see it for months as it went from person to person.
Regardless of whether or not you are based in the UK – this is a great read about what working in hospitals is really like (nothing like Grey’s Anatomy apparently…) and a humble reminder that medical staff are our heroes ❤
Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Another book with not one but several strong, fierce, wonderful females! Now this one is as important as it is enjoyable and as a reader, it’s so powerful to read as the young protagonist goes on a journey to figure out about her own life and also how the world works. It is humorous but also tragic, moving and powerful. I could not put it down and I encourage anyone to read it, it’s always the first one I name when I’m asked for recommendations.
A story for female solidarity and kindness that highlights racial tensions in the US through the 1960s, this is a really important read and I loved it.
Good Vibes, Good Life – Vex King
Ending with something a little bit different and I know self-help/motivational books aren’t for everybody but that’s almost why I think this one is special. Although it does read as Vex’s story and is full of life experience anecdotes, I haven’t read a book of this genre that is quite so easy to just open on any random page and know you’ll get something out of it. It sits on my bedside table and when I feel like I could use a little “boost” before I go to sleep (hint: this happens often) I open it up, read whatever section it falls on and more often then not it’s exactly what I need to read. It’s my little magic book!
If you’re partial to a motivational read this is the one for you.
There you have it, my top 5 books. I can’t promise this wouldn’t be a different list on a different day but I feel pretty good about it today! If you’d like to check out my blog for more posts you can find me here and over on my Instagram here.
Thanks for having me Emma – and thanks for reading.