I have always loved to read, I would read at every opportunity and find myself feeling calm and relaxed within seconds. I still love to read, or to be read to, particularly when I need to relax a little. When energy is low, and leaving the house, or bed, is difficult, reading can be a wonderful way of passing time, taking yourself into a whole different world, whilst allowing you to stay cosy and comfy in your pyjamas. I know it’s not always possible to physically read yourself but listening to audio books or even being read to is just as, if not more, enjoyable. So, take a look at the books that had me fully immersed in some beautiful new worlds.
- A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire series) – I would highly recommend the whole of A Song of Ice and Fire series but A Game of Thrones would definitely be my favourite. You will fall in love with not only the characters but also the settings. The continent of Westeros and the characters who live there, often feel more real to me than some places in the world do. I highly encourage any watchers of Game of Thrones to jump in and experience Westeros on a whole new level. A Game of Thrones, a long with the rest of the series, is available on Audible, £29.99 or free with Audible’s 30 day free trial, on Kindle, £3.99, or in paperback, £7.99.
- Still Me, Jojo Moyes – the third book following the life of Lou Clark from Me Before You and After You. Moyes draws you back into Lou’s life, leaving you feeling as though you’re experiencing New York with the character. As brilliant and immersive as Me Before You. You’ll experience tears, heartbreak and laughter, ultimately being left with a heart warming feeling that’ll last you for days. Available on Audible for £23.99, Kindle for £9.99, and in paperback for £14.99.
- Eve of Man, Giovanna and Tom Fletcher – Book 1 of a trilogy. Set in the future, in a version of our world that is almost inconceivable, until you settle into reading this book. I could feel the world building around me, imagine myself being part of it. Not only do you experience this version of earth, but then you get to witness the story of Eve unfolding before your eyes, piecing together the clues as characters Bram and Eve do. I’m already desperate to read the rest of the trilogy as soon as the following books are published. Available on Audible, £21.99, Kindle, £7.99, and in hardback (paperback version to be released soon), £8.99.
- Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham – I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan so it only felt right to try out Graham’s writing, seeing as she’s become such a huge part of my life. I wasn’t disappointed. The main character, Franny, is totally relatable and reminded me a little of the character of Lorelai in her ditzy ways. The book is very lighthearted and particularly funny, whilst also sharing a positive message about life. Graham’s writing is perfect for down days when you need a pick me up. Available on Audible, £26.29, Kindle, £8.18, and in paperback, £11.99.
- Some Kind of Wonderful, Giovanna Fletcher – I’ve read every book Gi has ever written, they’re always my perfect kind of girly haven, leave you in love stories. Some Kind of Wonderful is no different, with a little heartbreak thrown in. The main character, Lizzy, became like a friend to me, she was written to be so real that I found myself being overly invested in her happiness. Any of Gi’s book will leave you smiling and dying to know more. Available on Audible, £19.99, Kindle, £4.99, and in paperback, £5.99.
All of these books are available for free on Audible’s 30 day free trial, or their standard £7.99 a month fee. A huge saving no matter which book you’re listening to!
What are some of the books you would recommend? Do you have a favourite author? Which way do you prefer to read, using Audible, kindle or paper editions? I’d love to hear from you!