Top 5 Must-Read Books

In my seventeen years of reading, I have accumulated quite the collection of books. I have everything from fantasy to biography, beach books to classics, and everything in between. It's safe to say I own about a hundred, or perhaps more, books stowed away in my two large shelving units in my study - in perfect condition, I might add.

Though the world has come to the point where you can read books online or on your iPad or on various E-reading tablets such as the Kindle, I am an old soul in the way that I must have a paper copy to read from, to have the book bend in my hands and be able to physically flip from page to page. Thus, my book collection was born.

Many of my books have been given to me as gifts (see: my post about receiving books as gifts), and many have been added because of recommendation from friends, family members and teachers. So today I've decided to share with you all some of my favourite books which I believe should have attention brought upon.

(1) The Blonde - Anna Godbersen

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Favourite Quote: "There are already too many stories, and you know how once there's a little scandal people love to fabricate on top of that"

"The Blonde" is a book I came across by chance, surprisingly in a bookshop in an airport. I was walking by whilst heading to pick up a family friend at the arrivals gate when I spotted the book perched on display and I immediately recognized the photograph on the cover as Marilyn Monroe. Without hesitation, I ducked in the store and purchased it. Within the first few chapters, I found myself completely enthralled by Godbersen's whirlwind tale, a fictional reinterpretation of Monroe's life, with pages of action-packed story unfolding and a thrilling incorporation of forbidden romance. It was utterly impossible to set down.

Recommended For: anyone who loves Ms. Monroe herself, spies and/or romance

(2) Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Favourite Quote: "For the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts"

I suppose I have not only my adoration of Peter Pan and all things related, but also a post on Tumblr with a quote extracted from the pages to thank for my discovery of this book. Jodi Lynn Anderson's bestseller was on my "to read" list for quite some time and once I got my hands on it, I couldn't put it down. Of every love story I have ever read, this one was perhaps the most poignant and gut-wrenching. Anderson takes on the world of Neverland and creates an explanation that leads up to what we know today as the story of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling, with a twist. I won't spoil the ending, but I can say that it truly is a spectacular conclusion to the book.

Recommended For: Disney and Peter Pan fans; those who die for love stories

(3) Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

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Favourite Quote: "I thought, briefly, that I would never feel as intensely connected to the world, to another human being, as I did at that moment."

This book - soon-to-be in theatres as a major motion picture - was quite possibly one of the greatest love stories to be told. It made me laugh, cry - ripped my heart right out my chest but then made me smile moments later. It was such a joy to read, and it kept me late night after night as I leapt into the world of quirky Louisa Clark and Mr. Will Traynor. Many have said that it is this decade's version of The Notebook, and I can agree with that statement fully.

Recommended For: Romantics who enjoy Nicholas Sparks and/or romance-tragedies

(4) Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

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Favourite Quote: "When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time."

Every once in awhile, a tragic portrayal of the trials of high school comes along and aims straight for the heart. Speak is one of those stories. Centered around the freshman-year of a teenaged girl who refuses to speak for nearly the whole year after a misfortune at a summer party. It tackles the major issues that many high schoolers face in this modern age and really puts things into an unbelievable groundbreaking perspective. It has won many awards, which I can attest is so for good reason. I think it's important for every teenager to read this book, it's so eye-opening and relevant.

Recommended For: everyone, particularly teenagers/young adults

(5) Boring Girls - Sara Taylor

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Favourite Quote: "I thought you were sick of boring girls."

Wow. That's really all I can say about this book, haha. It was truly a wild ride, from start to finish. Boring Girls, written by Canadian author and singer-songwriter of the band The Birthday Massacre, is a haunting story of the metal-scene and misogyny, and how two teenaged girls react to both. It's certainly not a book for the faint of heart and actually, it isn't my type of book at all, however I positively loved every chapter, page and word of it.

Recommended For: everyone, although readers should be cautious of the violent content