Hi! hope you’re all well. I asked people on Instagram to give me a number between 1 and 99 but didn’t say what the number was for. It was in fact for this little game, so each number corresponds with the number of a book on my shelf and depending on the number chosen I will tell you a little bit about said book. Whether I’ve read it, if I liked it, where i got it etc. This tag was originally created by Iain Broome, and I though it would be a good way for you to get to know my shelves and have a bit of fun.
59 – All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
This was a good number to kick things off seen as this is one of the most meaningful books to me. I read this book back in 2015 after a year long struggle with my own mental health and found so much comfort in this story, the main character struggles with mental health issues and describes his worst periods as “being asleep” which really resonated with me and is something I still think about 4 years later. Last year I re-read this book and decided to annotate it, this was the second time I had done this to a book and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. I understand why some people don’t like this book and it is completely valid it just has a very special place in my heart.
95 – A monster calls by Patrick Ness
I got this book for Christmas last year and read it in one sitting on boxing day. I was unsure going into this book whether it would live up to the hype or not but I can honestly say this is a beautiful book and the illustrations in this edition just make the experience so much more impactful and left me tearing up at the end. I really liked the message of this story, the idea that in order to move on and accept something we have to confront the truth even if it might hurt or be difficult to process, whether that be in relation to grief (like in this book) or something else it is still an important read.
16 – Five feet apart by Rachael Lippincott
I read this one earlier this year in preparation for the movie but never ended up going to see it (story of my life) but I didn’t think this was anything too special. This is a very typical YA story about teens with a terminal illness who fall in love, they both have cystic fibrosis, and although I think this could be an important read for someone who is battling CF themselves it didn’t really do anything for me. I would still like to get around to seeing the movie at some point though because Cole Sprouse. 😍
36 – The keeper of lost things by Ruth Hogan
I picked this book up from a local charity shop for £1.49 because I had seen it around and decided to give it a go . Unfortunately i really didn’t this I ended up picking up the audiobook just to get through it because I was so bored the entire time, it’s a very domestic type story which I don’t think is my cup of tea, I need at least some plot to keep me entertained and this just did nothing for me. I would send this book back to the charity shop where it came from but i need it for my rainbow shelves haha.
47 – The hating game by Sally Thorne
This is the most recently read on this list, i read this one last month and included it in my may wrap up if you want to see some more thoughts but this is one of my favourite books i’ve read so far this year and has opened my eyes to adult contemporary/romance. I really liked the characters and both of their backstories as well as the dynamic between the two of them, their relationship was definitely believable in my mind. Joshua Templeman has stolen my heart.
I really enjoyed doing this, let me know if you would like me to do another one in the future and hopefully some books with a little more importance will come up next time. Have you read any of these? if so let me know your thoughts! Thanks for reading x