The Two Books You Have To Add To Your Reading List This Year...

27 February 2019

Reading. Something that is definitely becoming super popular at the moment especially over the last couple of years I've noticed. When it came to the end of last year and people creating their New Year's Resolutions one thing that seemed unanimous across the board was people agreeing to read more. Me included. I've always enjoyed reading and I'm one of those people who has piles and piles of books around every corner of the house. I can't even walk into a bookshop without picking up a new book. Today I thought I'd do a quick little post and tell you all a little bit about my two all time favorite books that I think everyone should have on their list this year. I hope you enjoy this post.

Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier 

Length - 441 Pages

This book is definitely my favorite ever book and definitely something I think everyone should read. I was introduced to this book by my Dad when I was about 14 years old and it's a book that I read over and over again every year without fail.

The main heroine of Rebecca believe it or not isn't Rebecca. Kind of a spoiler there but the main heorine is a lady's companion who eventually learns her place. Set in the South of France at the beginning the heroine meets Max De Winter, a widower also on vacation who takes the heroine by surprise when he suddenly proposes. Wanting a new challenge and a chance to see something new of course she accepts and is whisked away from the South of France to the mysterious Manderley. There she meets the housekeeper Mrs Danvers who is shocked and surprised to find a new Mrs De Winter and tries her hardest to keep the memory of the old Mrs De Winter alive in the household.

A hautingly beautiful tale the first line of the book is one that you just cannot forget. I just love this book so much and like I said it's one that I keep reading every year. The book has also been made into a film staring the beautiful Joan Fontaine so if you're not that keen in reading a book of this length I would definitely recommend the film but as with most things the book is 10x better so make sure you at least give this a try.

I couldn't recommend this book more and I believe it's definitely one that you must read this year however it is a thriller and there are some quite scary bits in not just the book but also the film so whichever one you choose proceed with caution.

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak 

Length - 538 Pages 

Unlike Rebecca where I read the book first before watching the film when it comes to 'The Book Thief' I actually watched the film first a couple of years ago before reading the book as my Dad had the blu-ray DVD so we watched that together on one of our family movie nights and I was in total awe of how amazing it was. It made me cry and is one of those films where even though I know what is going to happen I still cry every time. I remember a few weeks after I was browsing Waterstones for a new book and I saw this book with the 'Buy One Get One Half Price' sticker on. You know those moments where you just know it's fate. Yeah...this was one of those moments where I just knew I had to pick it up and I am so glad I did.

Based in Nazi Germany about a year or so before the war it follows the story of a young nine year old girl called Liesel. Her real parents have sadly been taken away to a concentration camp and she has moved to Himmel Street where she lives with a foster family after the death of her brother. The moment she arrives on Himmel Street is where the story really begins and follows the story of Liesel and all her friends and family on Himmel Street right up until the first bomb from the war drops.

Narrated by Death this book is definitely not one for the faint hearted. It will make you laugh, cry and even make you angry on occasions but it is just such a beautiful story and again I've read the book about 3 times and watched the film about 5 since first coming across it. Again I'd definitely read the book first before watching the film but the film is absolutely incredible and the entire cast in the film are just exceptional so definitely make sure you give it a watch.

So there we have it, just a short post from me today introducing you to two books I think you must have on your reading list this year. If you have already read these books/watched the films then be sure to let me know in the comments what your thoughts are. If you haven't heard of these books/films then I hope this post has inspired you to give them a try.

What books do you think should be on my reading list this year? 
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