In honour of National Bookshop Day (Saturday 9th August) we’ve compiled our own list of favourite tales we’ve enjoyed over the years.
The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis
My favourite from the The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Magicians Nephew is the prequel, the how it all started when The Chronicles of Narnia is concerned. Interestingly it is the last book of the series and the defining tale that moulds everything together.
Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
I read this book in year seven. We were all give book lists to read certain novels over the summer in preparation for the following semester. A friend contacted me and said I had to read the book her class was given. So I did. I pass this knowledge on to you.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I recently read The Book Thief and I’m surprised no one told me to read it sooner. A fascinating journey through the eyes of a young girl who used the power of words to overcome the harsh truths of reality.
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
An interesting tale about how tomorrow can change what happens today. The journey of a young girl who makes a change not just in her way of living, but her way of thinking. A travelling library changes her life and within the pages of a leather-bound book she is taken on a magical journey that will change her life forever.
The Mortal Instruments City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
A friend noticed I had similar reading interests to her and introduced me to The Mortal Instruments. I was captured by the language and descriptions, feelings and emotion came alive in this book and when they say a book takes you on a journey this book definitely belongs in that category. Once you start reading the series you’ll be taken in too.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
One of my favourite books Austen refers to societal views in a way that people can relate and situations that speak to cultures even today. Again the use of words and writing is key in this novel as a device to cross barriers and produce a thought that language can bond or bring about change.
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
This is a dark look into the lives of a family and the circle that surrounds them. Centred around a slap that takes place at a barbecue the book looks at the relationships between people and for that reason the book is broken up into chapters from the view of each character. The way in which they respond to the situation and how they have up until that point lived, including other factors in life that can sometimes be a distraction or a truth they need to own up to.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
If you’ve read The Time Travellers Wife, you’ll enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry. Penned by the same author Niffenegger explores another interesting dynamic of the unexplained when she takes on a ghost story in Her Fearful Symmetry, not your normal ghost story though, this book has a real strong family dynamic connected to the storyline embedded with themes to do with love, loss and identity. I always appreciate books, however the ending wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. You may think otherwise. I still enjoyed it.
The Kings Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
A truly remarkable look at the way in which one Australian man Lionel Logue, helped the Future King of England. The book co written by Logues grandson uses material collected over the years, Logue worked with The King to improve his speech. It is an interesting look inside the real aspect of overcoming problems that the everyday person faces.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
A wonderful addition to the Harry Potter books written by Rowling, readers are treated to the stories Wizards are told as youths, tales that almost always have a meaning or message entwined within. The book also provides analysis put forth by Professor Dumbledore (translated by Hermoine Granger) as well as additions by Rowling herself. While you’re at it you may as well revisit the Harry Potter series and enjoy the adventures all over again.
The Australian Booksellers Association have a new website directing booklovers to over 600 bookshops around the country. They have also collected votes, to reveal on National Bookshop Day Australias 50 Favourite Kids books.