Hello munchkins! What are you all up to today? How has your day been so far? Oh, and who’s excited for Spring?
Speaking of which, I’m sure you’ve heard of spring cleaning. Well, how do you feel about spring reading, eh? This blogpost right here is a collaboration brought to you by myself and the lovely face behind @bookgirlingmoments on Instagram and The Bohemian Blogger at sarahwazir.wordpress.com. She has got such a beautiful Instagram feed and an equally amazing blog. I honestly love her work! Be sure to check her out after reading this (or well, now, if you may!) and let her know I sent you her way!
So let’s talk about the collaboration. We thought it would be cool to bring to you a list of books, old and upcoming, that you can put on your list for springtime through to summer reading. I have got for you a couple of ones that have been out for a while that I love to reread and Sarah has got for you a list of upcoming books she’s most excited for.
I shall be listing my list (great writing skills, Hiba) and will be inserting a little about each book as on the Penguin website. I have an assorted mix here for you, from classic to love, mystery and a little bit of history.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
So the first one on my list ranks in the top three of my all time favourite books and is truly ineffable. It’s none other than Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Where have you been and what have you been doing all your life if you haven’t read this book? I think that even if you are not a bookworm, if there’s ever a book that you will read, it has got to be this one. Well, this and another one I’m going to talk about in a bit. Yes, that’s how strongly I feel for it and personally, this is my spring reread of choice, just saying.
About Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman’s quest for self-respect.
“At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë.”—Virginia Woolf
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
While we’re still at it with the Bronte sisters, I cannot not mention my love for Wuthering Heights. I’ll be honest, Bella’s love for this book was what initially made me read it (yes, Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga- one of my many guilty pleasures. But hey, I’m a reader and I will read every book, even if it’s Twilight!) But I soon fell head over heels for this masterpiece. It’s dark, it’s passionate and it’s oh so wonderful. Must read!
About Wuthering Heights
When Heathcliff, a poor Gypsy boy, is adopted into wealthy Catherine Earnshaw’s family, he and Catherine form a bond that progresses from childhood friendship to teenage passion. Because of Heathcliff’s lowly social status, however, Catherine decides she cannot marry him, and instead marries the gentleman Edgar Linton. This sets in motion a chain of events that ravages both the Linton and Earnshaw families with jealousy, revenge, and bitterness, leaving only the ghosts of Catherine and Heathcliff to haunt the moors.
“It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they
3. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
(Not my picture, taken from Penguin)
The other book I feel everyone should absolutely read, whether avid reader or not, is without a doubt Khalid Hosseini’s work of outstanding artistry, The Kite Runner. This book is not for the faint-hearted. It’s tragic, it’s traumatic, but it’s so heartbreakingly beautiful that you should read it nonetheless. One cannot unread this book. One cannot unsee (or more appropriately: unimagine) the atrocious scenes described in this story of the friendship of two boys based in Afghanistan around the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban reign. It’s such an eye opener for people like us who are ignorant of whatever has happened and still continues to happen around the world in countries like Afghanistan. It’s a reminder to thank the Lord every day for all that we are so fortunately blessed with, the things we take for granted without a second thought. The things we think we deserve to have.
This got a little deep, didn’t it? Sorry about that. Also, sorry I have no original picture of this book. I left my copy in my parents’ house back in Karachi.
About The Kite Runner
The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America’s most treasured writers.
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Another one of my absolute favourites is Gone Girl. This mysterious, thrilling, gripping book is so well put together and so wonderfully written, you will want to read it in one sitting, I promise you! It keeps you wondering and that’s what I love about it the most. If you haven’t read it, go get it now or if you have, there’s no harm in reading it again!
About Gone Girl
The #1 New York Times Bestseller
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
“An ingenious and viperish thriller… It’s going to make Gillian Flynn a star… A great, breathless read…Flynn has created a genuinely creepy villain you don’t see coming. People love to talk about the banality of evil. You’re about to meet a maniac you could fall in love with.”
—Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly
5. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr
Onto a lighter read, Love, Tanya is a book by one of my favourite British YouTubers, Tanya Burr. Now this book is a little all over the place but that makes it perfect for people who don’t have the patience to read page by page, paragraph by paragraph. In her book, Tanya talks about her childhood through to the person she has become, her beauty essentials, her YouTube journey. She shares some of her recipes and her tips on becoming your most confident and happy self. Whenever I need a nice pick me up, I love to dive into Tanya’s delightful little piece.
She’s so pretty oh my GOD
What Tanya has to say about her book
Hi everyone and welcome to Love, Tanya! This book is really close to my heart, because it’s inspired by my journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who I am. I wanted to write a book to share the things I’ve learnt with you – to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube… and loads more! Plus, there is room for you to list your own hopes and dreams alongside mine – so get creative and get involved! I’d love it if this book became a keepsake you can turn to whenever you need some guidance or a little pick me up. I hope you enjoy it!
So these were my old-timey (sort of) books that I think would be great for a reread. These are some of my absolute favourites. Hop on over to Sarah’s blog and find out the upcoming books you should be excited for along with her! Click HERE for her blogpost.
Worm away bookworms!