9 April 2014

Reading Memories

 This post was originally a guest post over at Charli's lovely blog; To Another World, but I felt like it fitted my blog pretty well so I'm re-posting it here. 


I've been reading for as a long as I can remember and there's never been a day in my life where I haven't had a love for books, ever since I was faced with a page of words for the very first time. I love reading and I enjoy most of the books I've read for different reasons, but there a few books that I've read in the past and will always love and cherish because of the memories attached to them. Here are those books and those ever-important memories.

First up is Paradise End by Elizabeth Laird
Everyday after school in Primary 6 and 7 (I was 10 and 11) I would go to the library with a couple of my friends and we would chat, do homework and get some books out. The library was my home away from home and I loved it there. One of the first books I got out during this library-obsessed phase was Paradise End by Elizabeth Laird. I read half of it at the library then took it out to finish at home, which only took an hour or so because I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Laird's writing is beautiful and effortless, and the plot of Paradise End just sucked me in to a wonderful dream world. I kept renewing that book and re-reading it for a couple of months, then I finally bought my own copy online and have loved it ever since. It's a beautiful book and will always remind me of my after-school library trips. 

Next is Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
I bought this book on a whim in Waterstones when I was about 9 or 10. I hadn't heard anything about it; I just read the blurb, liked the sound of it and bought it. It was finished a couple of days later and I had found myself a new favourite book. Sophie McKenzie's writing style really appealed to 10 year-old me and the plot of Girl, Missing was completely different compared to the fluffier stuff I was reading at the time. I'm not the biggest fan of it now but it's here because it is by far my most-read book. My copy is in a right state now: the pages are all crumpled, the cover is a weird shade of grey and you can't touch it without getting graphite on your fingers...I've read this book 9 times over the years and have written an essay and solo talk all about the wonder that is Girl, Missing. I'll never forget how much I loved this book and how much I loved Jam. I have read the other books in the series but they just weren't the same.

Lastly is Looking For Alaska by John Green
This one won't a surprise to anyone who knows me at all, as my insane love for all things John Green definitely isn't a secret. Looking For Alaska was the first John Green book I read and was one of the only good things about my holiday in Malta a few years ago. I took 4 of my own books on the holiday and my sister took 4 of hers and as we spent most of the week stuck in our hotel rooms, I ended up reading all of mine and all of my sister's. One of my sister's books was Looking For Alaska by John Green. I read it in one sitting, crying for practically the entire book, then moved onto the rest of John Green's books straight away. I was in love with his writing and the characters and the plot and everything. If it wasn't for Looking For Alaska, I would never have found his other books and would never have became a Nerdfighter. 

Lots of love, Cat
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  1. This was a great post and I definitely think I'll do something similar on my blog.
    Paradise End sounds great from what I've already heard. I had a very different experience with the Girl, Missing series. I bought a copy of Missing Me for my friend and whilst I was ill I read it in about two hours. I've bought Girl, Missing so I could properly start the series but haven't got round to it yet. xxx

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    1. Ooh I look forward to reading it!
      Paradise End is such a beautiful book. You should try it - it's a quick read but it stays with you for quite some time after finishing it. :) xx

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