I absolutely adore blog posts that give book recommendations. I’m always looking for new and exciting reads and love it when someone shares something that has given them an enormous amount of joy. As the time at the moment is a little uncertain, I know that I am certainly diving into books as a form of escape, as I am sure many of us are. Therefore I thought I would take today to share some of my ‘all-time favourites’. These are books that have given me an enormous amount of joy and that I have turned back to time and time again.
I have found this month that I have been enjoying using bookstagram a lot more, and have been spending a lot more time thinking about what I wanted to post. I decided to try and come up with a challenge to set myself for the next five weeks for a ‘stack’ post each week. Each week has a different prompt for your #sundaystack and I would absolutely love it if you wanted to take part as well. If you do feel free to tag me in your photos because I would love to see your creations. I just thought this would be a brilliant way for us all to interact a little more, and have more fun in the process.
The first prompt, which isn’t technically in May but, as today is my birthday, I just got excited and wanted to start, is to post your ‘all time favourites’. As I took the photo for bookstagram, I knew I wanted to share my favourites on my blog too, largely because these are such fantastic reads it seems a shame not to scream about them across the internet.
The first book on my stack is England’s Mistress by Kate Willaims. This is a non-fiction read that follows the life of Emma Hamiltan, who is largely known for being the lover of Horatio Nelson. However, Emma is a force to be reckoned with herself. Her determination and resilience meant that she unsettled many of the stereotypes of the 18th century, most signifnactly in the art world, where many artists used her form to create their masterpieces. Her story is truly a rags to ruin to riches tales, only possible because of her fierce determination to survive.
The second is The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg, which I have reviewed here before, but its simply wonderful. For those who are fans of the Lunar Chronicles, this is a book you cannot miss! Set in a dystopian future, the book follows the ‘robotic’ princesses from a dark Disney style theme park, where happiness isn’t just a promise, but a rule. In a world that refuses to see them as humans and treats them objects they can throw away at anytime, the plot follows Ana, one of the robot princesses, who is on trial for the murder of a park worker. As the timeline dips from the past and the present, we uncover a hidden evil plot that runs in the ‘Kingdom’s’ core. This book honestly blew me away and I am so sad there has been no noise of a sequel.
The next is ‘The Corset’ by Laura Purcell, a historical fiction set in a Victorian period by an author I am obsessed with. The plot follows Ruth Butterham who has been imprisoned for murder. She is frequently visited by Dorothea Truelove, an upperclass lady whose charity work brings her to the prison, is fascinated by this seamstress come serial killer, and is desperate to prove her innocence. In a read that is simialr to Sarah Waters’ Affinity, this read is a beautiful masterpiece which will chill you to the bone.
In a similar theme, my final favourite read is ‘Things Half in Shadow’ by Alan Finn. Set is post-civil war America, this novel explores the dark and often criminal circles of the Spiritualist world. As strange and bizarre murders start spreading across the city, you are left debating whether the ghosts that follow the narrative are tricks of the trade, or possibly something more sinister. Mixed with murder, treachery, trauma, and hidden secrets, this book is one of the most innovative of its genre that I have found. And I absolutely loved it.
So there are some of my all time favourties. These are the reads I can, and know I will, turn back to regardless of how I’m feeling. Hopefully there’s some reads there for you to discover for the first time. What are your all time favoiutes? Don’t forget, I would love it if you decided to take part in this challenge-come-prompt list as well. Make sure to tag me if you do because I’d love to check out your posts!.