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Yesterday, I ordered some books from Amazon and they arrived today!

Special delivery

Special delivery

Now, before people start telling me I should support my local bookshops and all that, I must point out that the nearest decent bookshop is a good 15-20 minute drive away from my house and parking isn’t free, and the last few books I’ve bought have actually come from bookshops! I try to alternate between online stores and bookshops!

My main reason for buying online was needing to get some books for my mum’s birthday fairly quickly! I also have some birthday money to spend and I’ve been wanting some new books for a while!

These are the books I bought:

New books!

New books!

The top 2 are the ones I’ve bought for my mum, picked from a list she gave me. I actually want to read “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” because it is the continuation of the Millennium series by the late Stieg Larsson, although at the same time I sort of don’t want to read it in case it ruins the series! I’m not really sure what “The Silence of the Sea” is about but I may or may not read that once my mum has!

The 3 bottom ones are my choices! I like books about twins so “The Ice Twins” sounds fascinating. “The Red Queen” is one of these YA novels which is a fantasy that could be big like “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight” and sounds a bit like “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman. “The Humans” just sounds like it could be funny and a bit weird with aliens in it.

I have no idea which book to start with but I’m looking forward to reading them!

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

– “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’sS tone” by J.K. Rowling

I spent a few hours looking back over my older blog posts the other night, and came across one post about 10 Great Books I Have Read. As I wrote this in December 2010, I thought it was time to have a look and update the list! I also noticed that I seem to have missed #7 and #8, weirdly! I have no idea what they were or why they’ve gone walkabout!

My 2010 list:

1) the Harry Potter series

2) the Twilight saga

3) His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman

4) Holy Fools – Joanne Harris

5) The Lollipop Shoes – Joanne Harris

6) Beneath The Skin – Nicci French

7) ???

8) ???

9) Atonement – Ian McEwan

10) Wicca series – Cate Tiernan

My new list still has some of these books on it, but I’m adding new ones which I’ve read since 2010! And removing some which I have changed my mind about (mainly Twilight, why on Earth did I think that was ‘great’?!)!

2015 List:

 1) Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

This is still a brilliant series about love, death, friendship and right and wrong! I have new questions and thoughts about the series, but since Rowling has released more information about the characters, more things make sense!

2) His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman

I still love these books. They introduced me to a whole new concept of parallel worlds, and the powerful and sometimes destructive nature of love. It also made me question many religious and scientific things.

3) I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

I added this because it is a great little book about poverty, social class, different kinds of love and relationships. Every time I read it, it feels fresh and new, and it still appeals to me even after nearly 15 years of reading it.

4) Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson

This is a new addition because it is genuinely thrilling and I didn’t see the plot twist coming!

5) Unwind – Neal Schusterman

This is a fascinating yet scary book based in a dystopian world where organ donation goes a bit too far, with one particularly horrible scene which gives me the creeps!

6) Little Star – John Ajvide Lindqvist

This a very weird novel which is quite disturbing all the way through!

7) The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson

I had to add this series because it is amazing! It’s gripping and really well written, and it is possibly the best thriller series I’ve ever read!

8) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

This series is like nothing I’ve read before: kids brutally forced into killing each other in a bid to win food and escape poverty for the first time in their lives? Amazing!

9) The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

This novel is brilliant because it’s not in the right order due to the protagonist’s ability to time travel and it’s interesting how his relationships with the people around him are affected by his ability. It’s gripping and heart-breaking in places but a fabulous read!

10) The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

I re-read these books recently and remembered how brilliant the series is! I loved it as a child and I still do today!

It took me a while to compose my list, even with some obvious choices in there, but it’s likely that the list will change again as I discover new books!

Do you have a list of books which YOU think are “great”? I’d be interested to know!