It’ll come as no great surprise to those who know me that my favourite book is ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. I studied the novel in sixth form, and it has resonated with me ever since, becoming my dissertation topic during my undergraduate degree. The novel is famous for having sparked science fiction as we know it: the mad scientist and abandoned creature have become longstanding icons in science fiction and popular culture. If you’re a lover of science fiction or classics, it is definitely worth a read.
My favourite book is ‘The Novice’ by Taran Matharu, though really it is the whole series because I love his writing style so much. The world is so immersive, the world building is amazing, the characters and creatures he’s created are vibrant and alive.
I recommend ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell and ‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig. I had a deep emotional connection with both books when I first read them and whenever I want to read something that I’ve already read I always go back to these two novels. They are both beautifully written and are books that once you start reading you can’t stop!
George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ is a must for anyone who is wanting to dip their toes in dystopian literature. It’s not my go-to genre, but I was completely blown away by it! The book is chaotic, lucid, and a little bit mad, but within a few pages you will be struck by the Orwellian lightning bolt! I feel that reading ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ benefitted me in the sense that I feel more attuned to what is going on in the world. I’m glad that I stepped out of my genre comfort zone. Yes, Big Brother is probably watching me as I write this…
After seeing the hype, watching and loving the series, I immediately had to read the book. ‘Normal People’ could almost be described as a study of how young people navigate the world, while learning about themselves, the relationships they form, establish their morals and the events that shape them forever. The novel deals with some heavy and difficult topics, but Rooney deals with them sensitively. It is raw and personal, with a sense of vulnerability that would seem familiar to most. I’d highly recommend the book (and the series adaption) – it is heart-breaking but beautiful.