As you know for the past few months I’ve had the ‘Books That Made Me…’ feature taking place on my blog where a selection of my lovely blogger friends have been writing guest posts on ‘Books That Made Them…’ and whatever emotion I gave them to write about. I’ve loved reading and featuring all these posts, it’s been great fun and I’ve learnt about many new books in the process! I’ve decided to take part myself and write a roundup post of all the categories and emotions I gave people but my personal books for those emotions. I’ll also provide the link to the person who wrote their post for that particular one in case you missed any before!
Books That Made Me…
I’ve cried at quite a lot of books for the pure fact that I enjoy emotional books. It’s one of the things that marks a truly great story for me if I end up in hysterics by the end of it. My choice for this one would have to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green as I have yet to find a book that left me in such a state as this one. When I say state I mean hysterically crying, I couldn’t breathe or see or think type crying. Which sounds extreme but it’s true. Beautiful book which really will stay with me forever.
You can find Laura’s post here.
Feel all warm inside
Hmm I had a good think about this one and I’m going to go with The Guestbook by Holly Martin which has featured in a few of my posts over the past months. Written as a series of guestbook entries it gives you an insight into the lives of the guests at Willow Cottage and is one of the most lovely, heart-warming, mood-lifting books I’ve ever read. When I went away to Wales, they had a guestbook in the cottage and it made my heart sour to see some of the entries left by people that were similar to those of the guestbook. I think it’s the element of everyone coming together, even if it is just on a page in a book.
You can find Charlene’s post here.
This book made me fall in love with two things. 1) The author – because it was the first of her books I’d read and I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Her writing style is fantastic, it was easy to read, funny, sexy and gripping all at once. 2) This book made me fall in love with Ed – one of the main characters. He is my ultimate book boyfriend – I loved him from page 1. He is so unbelievably hot and Jane’s brilliant sex scenes didn’t help the images I had in my head of him! Ughnvroegore, is it normal to be this attracted to a fictional character?
You can find Kiera’s post here.
Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is a book that will leave you feeling grateful for a whole range of things. Your life, your friends, your family and your health. It’s such a poignant story that if it doesn’t leave you with some sort of gratitude I’ll come to the conclusion that you’re a robot. I cried, I laughed and my heart broke for this book but it the best way possible. Young single mother Grace, gets diagnosed with a form of leukaemia where the only chance of a full recovery is a bone marrow transplant. Her and her friends combat the highs and lows throughout Grace’s journey – as will you.
You can find Liz’s post here.
This book shocked me because it was a bit of a realization that things like this actually happen and it’s so so sad. This book follows Leonard Peacock who is planning to kill himself on his birthday after saying goodbye to the very few people he feels are his friends; his elderly next door neighbour, a boy from his school, a pastors daughter and his teacher. I wasn’t overly keen on this book to be completely honest but these insights into the mind of a young boy who feels like he’s completely worthless to the point that ceasing to exist is the better option really shook me up and I couldn’t bare the thought of actual people feeling this way.
You can find Sarah’s post here.
This book was exactly my cup of tea. Rosie’s language and sense of humour just hit the spot with me and I found myself laughing through the majority of this book! The situations poor Nicola finds herself in, the awful dates, the cringy men – it all sat so well with me because I could see myself in Nicola and by laughing at her, I was pretty much laughing at myself for all my misfortunes in men, boys and dating experiences! This was one of the most light-hearted and humorous books I’d read in a long time and every now and again you need something like this!
You can find Mary’s post here.
Fractured is a book which will leave you wondering the ultimate question: What if? What if I had chosen a different career path? What if I went to a different school? What if I hadn’t been in a certain place at a certain time, would things have panned out differently? Fractured was one of the best books I read last year – yes, you heard me, last year – and I still think about it now. It’s one of those stories that will stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. It covers the topic of a parallel universe and whether if one incident hadn’t have happened, how would your life differ from what it’s like today. It’s a theme which resonates with all of us and it made me think completely differently about my own life and appreciate it for what it is because in a parallel universe, it might be completely different.
You can find Becca’s post here.
I love books that are set somewhere other than the norm. Somewhere that is so magnificent, the descriptions of the place transport you right into the centre of it. These are my favourite type of books because they offer the biggest form of escapism for me. The First Christmas Without You is set in Lapland and the descriptions were absolutely beautiful. The author has ben there herself so a lot of it was described from first hand experience. This is only a short story but she leaves no detail out and makes me instantly want to jet off to Lapland!
You can find Lindsay’s post here.
When I think of books that make me want to scream from the rooftops, I think of those that are so good you want to whole world to know about it. I’ve recently read a book which I would me more than willing to do just that for, and that book was 100 Proposals by Holly Martin. Lucky Holly has been featured twice in this post but I simply could not leave this book out. Words literally cannot describe the love I feel for this book. It was the most heart-warmingly delicious chocolate fudge brownie gooey centre story I have ever read – it had me both laughing and crying out loud and for that reason I would happily find the tallest building and tell the whole world how amazing it is.
You can find Simona’s post here.