Keeley Braithwaite rounds up her top five books that everybody should read.
The Tales of Beedle and the Bard
BY J. K. ROWLING
This is the lesser known collection of short stories by the famous Harry Potter author. Initially it may appear as a children’s book but really it could be read by anybody of any age or gender. J. K. Rowling has created stories enjoyed by wizards and witches that could easily be found on the shelves of a Hogwarts library. The five stories include, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’, ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ and ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’. The latter is the story behind the Deathly Hallows symbol, with an important underlying lesson hidden in each story.
The Fault in Our Stars
BY JOHN GREEN
John Green’s honest novel follows teenage lovers- but not as you know it, for the couple have both experienced cancer. This story of love, fear and friendship through a difficult situation will have you weeping for fictional characters at the flick of a switch. And don’t think this is just a book for young people as It can be easily be enjoyed by everyone. Prepare yourself for your obsession with the characters…
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
BY STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Stephen Chbosky’s first novel follows Charlie, an shy and slightly damaged 16-year-old boy in high school in the 90’s. He unexpectedly becomes friends with a group of seniors, including Patrick and Sam (who were played by Ezra Miller and Emma Watson in the film adaption) who educate him on what it’s like to be a wallflower. Charlie battles his feelings, personal demons and secrets throughout the novel, which is demonstrated through a series of letters to someone of an undisclosed name, age and gender.
BY DAVID ALMOND
This book by the legendary fiction writer follows the story of a boy who discovers a rotten, weak man in his crumbling garage. Skellig eats bugs and Chinese takeaways, and he has protruding wings that are painful and hidden under his ragged clothes. Like all thoughtful David Almond books, Skellig can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Is it Just Me?
BY MIRANDA HART
You’ll love Hart’s comical guidance through all aspects of life, from music to mothers, to pets and err, family Christmases. With her usual humour and honesty in all areas, it’ll be almost impossible to ignore her home truths. The advice is mixed together with Miranda’s first-hand experience, which will leave you roaring with laughter. Her compilation of scripts from her TV show, called The Best of Miranda, is to be followed by Peggy and Me this year.