Welcome to Exhibit A. Observe specimen M in its natural habitat.
I'm sorry I had to. I'm way too excited to write this post! I don't think I've ever disclosed this on the blog, but I'm a pretty huge reader. As someone who is mortified of social interaction (and who honestly suck at it big time), I find solace in written words and stories. I love books, and I love to read, so this time around, I thought I'd share my favourite books of all time and also a terribly shot outfit to accompany the list, for which I apologize. I'm in a somewhat high-collared knit top and super comfy grid leggings.
So let's move on to the books!
1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE
Do I even need to say another word? Southern town, check. Mischievous protagonists, check. Societal commentaries, check. Stunning prose, CHECK. Lee's got everything rolled up into one masterpiece of a book. I read this a few years ago, fell in love, read in 10 more times, and fell in love all over again. I cannot express my love for this book (and the sequel is coming out this July, anyone else excited?!) I'm also reading the book in the picture above!
2. THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG BY MURIEL BARBERY
I've only read the English version of this French book, but I'm hoping to learn the language so I can soak in all of Barbery's mastery in full. The Elegance of the Hedgehog revolves around two quirky and intelligent Parisians, both of whom hide their true identities from a world they suspect would not appreciate them. This one is told in dual perspectives, and I love both the narrator's voices. The novel is heavily supported by philosophy and I found the use of language in this sense very, very exquisite.
3. THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X BY KEIGO HIGASHINO
Repeat after me: I will not pass out from Keigo Higashino's genius. This book. This book. THIS BOOK. I don't even know where to begin! Again, I've only read the English version of the original Japanese novel, and, true, the prose is choppy and nothing brilliant in English, but let me just say it right now that the story makes up for everything. The first time I finished the book, all I could do was say "What?" and shout "WHAT?!" It's that mind-blowing. I've recommended the book to several people and all of their reactions are testaments to the book's intricate and ingenious design. I've read this several times and it still blows me away EVERY TIME.
4. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER BY PATRICK SUSKIND
This one I read only after I saw the movie. I know. Some of you may have seen the film adaptation starring Ben Wishaw and Alan Rickman, and may have fallen in love with the stunning direction and cinematography, but I promise you, Suskind's electrifying use of language amplifies the ferocity and horror of the entire story by MILES. The book was originally published in German, but, like the previous two books, I've only read the English version.
5. OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY BY KAREN FOXLEE
I'm going to lay it all out on the table: I love children's books. I love middle-grade novels with children protagonists. And this one is perhaps my favourite of all time. The Marvelous Boy incorporates the classic story of The Snow Queen and spins it into something contemporary yet equally epic in the modern day fairytale. I absolutely love the characters in this book, and the writing style is very reminiscent of legends like C.S Lewis, Neil Gaiman and Lewis Carroll.
So there we go, my top five favourite books of all time! Have you read any of them? What did you think of them, and also, let me know some of your favourite books so I can get crackin' on reading em!