I’m a massive bookworm. I’ve been registered at my local library since I could understand what words meant. I remember going and getting out books when I first learnt to read, talking to the lovely librarians who worked there – who have since seen me grow into who I am today. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen them in a while but whenever I do, they just make my day 10X better. For me, I wasn’t just about the books in the library – that was an added bonus – it was about those Librarians, the ones who gave me book suggestions when was stuck on what to read next, the ones who always asked how I was doing, no matter how busy they were. It was the librarians who cared and always took the time to ask me how I was and would let me talk to them for however long I wished. The ones who would talk so highly of their grandchildren that it felt like you knew them yourself. Those Librarians were the reason I always went back, and they encouraged me to read more and more.
Even when I moved up to secondary school, the school librarian was the first teacher I felt comfortable around. She let me talk to her about everything under the sun, I got to chat to her about my love of musicals, dinosaurs and reading. The most important thing she did for me though was help me realise that depression isn’t the worst thing in the world. Of course, it’s a pain in the backside, but that school librarian showed me that if she could deal with it, anyone could easily do it. I haven’t spoken to her for ages though – for different reasons – but I will never stop singing my praises of my fellow dinosaur fan who helped me accept the fact I had depression while introducing me to Six the Musical.
Anyway, books! Reading isn’t everyone’s forte, but I have hand-picked five books (some are easier to read than others) which I adore, and I hope you do too! They’re all quite different but I count on each of these books when I feel an emotion I struggle to handle. So, if you have a bit of free time, read one of these books! I’m sure you won’t regret it!
Number One: Wonder by R.J Palico
This book is by far the most heartfelt, pure book I think I’ve ever read. It follows protagonist Auggie as he begins Middle School – except he’s not like the other kids. The way it’s written is so clever and original and it’s honestly a book which could easily become a classic. I’ve given it to my little brother and asked his thoughts (which I value very highly) and he said: “It’s positive and kind. It also sends out a nice message. You should definitely read it!” So, you know, if my brother recommends a book, you’ve got to read it!
Number Two: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
This book may have been written in 1982, but it’s so funny it’s got to be on this list. It follows ‘misunderstood intellectual’ Adrian Mole through adolescence and what chaos he finds himself in. Trust me when I say I’ve read the first part alone over 10 times now, but it never fails to make me laugh. My parents introduced it to me, so it’s only fair I introduce it to you!
Number Three: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis
This book has it all – anger, joy, action, education, poetry, activism and celebrities. If you want to read Emma Watson’s, Saoirse Ronan’s, Jodie Whittaker’s, Skai Jackson’s and so many more’s views on feminism, this is the book for you! It’s the embodiment of empowerment and I can promise you that when you’re done reading, you’ll feel so badass!
Number Four: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is the only thing which never fails to bring me to tears. It follows wallflower Charlie as he goes through high school, learning about life along the way. It’s such a heartfelt sweet book which has characters you’ll wish you are friends with, and it leaves you with a message many people need to hear.
Number Five: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
If you have a dark sense of humour, this book is definitely for you. It always cheers me up and it’s my go to pick-me-up. I can’t even say anything about it so all I’ll say is that it’s the most chaotic “children’s book” you will ever read! This is the best book.
So, there you have it! Five fantastic books! I hope you enjoyed reading, comment what books you love too, and we can start a mini fan club – it’ll be great.
xo baby, Tati xoxo
[Slight side note, lots of people think I write xo baby as a nod to Gossip Girl and truth be told I’ve never actually watched it. I’m actually referencing Six in Don’t Lose ur Head when Anne Boylen says: “I’ll think about it maybe, xo baby.” – I just love her feisty, sassy and bold personality and that’s what I always try to portray here!]