Little Miss Katy’s Top 5 Books
I’ve been a reader ever since I can remember. I was that weird little child who went to birthday parties and spent most of the afternoon reading the books in their playroom. I beat every kid in my class at speed-reading.
I still read fast now. I can easily get through a book a day if I’m on holiday (which makes my Kindle an essential part of holiday packing!). I’m always on the lookout for new discoveries, but there are certain books that I return to time and time again.
These are the ones that have stuck in my head throughout my years of school, uni and then independence. The ones that have taken me on emotional rollercoasters, where I discover new things each time I read them.
1. The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Ran Away by Jonas Jonasson
I love this book. It was recommended to me by a date (which went terribly, no more info necessary) and it’s hilarious. It intertwines the adventure of Alan Karlsson’s escape through the window and his ventures with his past as assistant builder of nuclear bombs and the friend of multiple presidents, kings and emperors. The story is well-written and funny, and it’s fascinating to see familiar world history come to life from a totally different perspective. There’s also an elephant and a lot of vodka involved. I highly recommend to everyone!
2. A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess
This is one for the ladies. This is a sharp, funny and totally relatable chick lit book. Abigail is smart, funny and single for the first time ever. Her housemate Robert teaches her how to be a kick-ass dater and things kind of go from there. It’s set in London which I love as I recognise so many of the places (pubs) mentioned in it. I don’t know what it is about Gemma’s writing, but I relate to her characters so entirely; it feels like I’m reading about the exploits of some of my best friends. Definitely one to look out for.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I devoured this book in one day. It’s an amazing contemporary fairytale that tells the story of Celia and Marco, two magicians who are locked in a battle of enchantments. The setting is the glorious Night Circus, an incredible monochromatic travelling fair that comes and goes as it pleases. I’m not describing it anywhere near well enough as it deserves, but you definitely need to give this one a go. I had goosebumps the whole way through!
4. Harry Potter and the… by J.K. Rowling
This entire series just had to be on my list. When I was 8 people kept trying to get me to read these books and I, being a pretty stubborn kid, refused. Mainly on the grounds that everyone kept trying to get me to read them. Then I got given them for Christmas and since then have read them umpteen-million times. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the magic and I just generally love most of it to be honest!
5. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
Judy Abbott is an orphan being sponsored to go to college by a mysterious, anonymous man known only as Daddy Long Legs. The only contact she has with him is the letters she must send him once a month, detailing her life. The whole book is comprised only of these letters and this is how we get to know Judy. It’s a really cleverly-written book, and I love how Judy is portrayed as such a strong female character, especially for her time. She wants independence and freedom. She wants to write and work and become a better person. I’ve been reading this classic since I was a young teen and I keep going back to it several times a year because, quite simply, it makes me happy.