Five Favourite Books Received As A Gift
Compiling the list made me realise just how long it’s been since I’ve received a book as a gift… I receive bookish gifts for myself, from myself, all the time, that counts – right?? Guess this is going to be a bit of a throwback post then… In order of when I received the book:
1. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult can be little hit and miss (never thought I’d say that) but some of her books make my ultimate favourites list, we’re talking a 5/5 “must read” rating, the works. THIS is one of those books. I really like “issues” books and Jodi Picoult seems to have this genre down to a fine art. Some critics have begun to say that her work is starting to feel formulaic, but there are still corkers in there. I loved this story, I felt for the characters and I blubbed like a great big baby. I must have rattled on about Jodi Picoult at some point without realising I was doing it because my dad completely surprised me by picking this up for me at a secondhand bookstore, and I didn’t know that he knew I liked Jodi Picoult, so that was really nice. By the end of this book I was pretty much –
3. The Secret Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot: I don’t know if I ever fully finished this series actually, but I was obsessed with it! I loved the movie and I was a huge Anne Hathaway fan right from the beginning (and don’t get me started on Fat Louie, that’s an amazing name for a cat!). I was given most of this series as gifts throughout my early teenage years and kept them for a long time. I think I cleared out a lot of my young teen books when I last moved house to save space, while being constantly told, “Who needs that many books? You’re too old for those ones now. When are you ever going to read those again?” And silly-me, I listened. There are some books from my younger years I wish I had’ve held on to, particularly a series like this one.
4. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: Another series I wish I had’ve held on to… Damn it. And who knew I was such a big Meg Cabot fan?? This was probably the first time I dipped my toe into paranormal waters, before paranormal was even cool, and I lurved it. I don’t know how these would hold up for a reread as an adult…but at 14 I adored this series.
Annnnd a *drumroll* please…
5. Harry Potter Series Books 1-6: I was given Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a gift when I was about 8 years old and fell instantly in love. I was bought every book in the series as a gift when it was released until the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which I purchased for myself, the joys of growing up, eh? These are probably the best gifts ever and have massive significant meaning for me. My Bloomsbury original hardcovers are starting to get a little tatty looking, so I’m considering investing in a cheap paperback set so I can read them without being paranoid that they will fall to bits.
Let me know if you do a Five Friday Favourites post so I can oogle at your goodies! (…Not in that way!)
EDIT: I realised after posting this that I somehow managed to skip a number, so I’m including another because this would never sit right with my Bookish OCD –
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes: My dad got my this when I was quite young and massively into Roald Dahl, he used to read me them pretty regularly and I absolutely adored this book – it’s hilarious, and for a kid it was just the right amount of verging on the inappropriate. I recommend this to everyone, young and old, they are basically humorous re-tellings of popular children’s stories. One poem and line that has stayed with me since childhood is part of the Little Red Riding Hood re-telling below –
“That’s wrong!” cried Wolf. Have you forgot, to tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say, I’m going to eat you anyway.”
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head, And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.”