If you like this…Try this#1

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This post is one of the first of this idea I have for my wordpress blog. Basically it’s book recommendations based on on people’s favourite books,tv shows,movie and music.

For this one I asked people on Tumblr for their favourite movies,  and I’ll try my best to recommend some books based on these movies. Some of these movies I haven’t watched but I will try  my best to find a book based on the vibe I get from the description/trailer.  So let’s get into this.

1.Good Will Hunting. Starring:Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

The gist of it: A story of love and friendship about a a mathematical genius  struggling with the limits he has to overcome.

I recommend: The Humans by Matt Haig

This is a book about an alien who overtakes the body of a professor who has broken a mathematical formula that must be destroyed. This is also a story of friendship and love, while the alien struggles with human concepts.

2. A Little Princess.Starring:Liesel Matthews and Liam Cunningham

The Gist of It:A story about finding hope in even the darkest  of times,and finding magic in even the coldest of places

I recommend:The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

While this is pretty different from A Little Princess, it does remind  me of it which is why I chose it. It has a sort of mysterious ominous vibe, along with the fact that during the book one of the characters meets the author  of A Little Princess.It’s a story about family, and the secrets they keep from each other.

3.Alice In Wonderland.Starring:Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska 

The Gist Of it: A strange and kooky movie about a young girl destined to kill the Red Queen.

I recommend:The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkins

Now I know that this wouldn’t be the obvious choice, but they’re are some similarities.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is very disorienting and you’re unsure of what is real and what is in the narrator’s head, which is the way it is in Alice In Wonderland. Mara Dyer tells the story of a girl struggling between reality and fantasy, as she tries to recover from a traumatic accident.

4.Moulin Rouge. Starring Ewan McGregor  and Nicole Kidman.

The Gist of it:A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet , who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star 

I recommend:Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

This is a book set in the 30s telling the story of a travelling circus and a trapeze artist who falls in love. This is a very glamorous book along with an undertone of darkness.Water For Elephants is told from the perspective of a senile old man and is bound to make you cry.

 

So there you have it, my first if you like this… try this. Let me know what you thought of it and if there’s any aspect of it that could be modified! Also if you could leave some of your favourite movies/books/tv shows in the comments, I can used them for my next post!

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Books on my Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by TheBrokeandTheBookish

So I usually don’t have a concrete plan of the books I want to read, and I usually just play it by ear. But I do have a general idea of books I’d like to get to soon. So without further ado here are my top books I want to read this fall!

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

I’ve read the first three books in this series, and I just really want to finish this off. My school library has a copy of it, so I hope to finish it off soon. I might need to reread the series first because I  don’t remember anything in this story

2.Dangerous Girls by  Abigail Hass

I’ve heard this book is a like a psychological thriller, and I like those, and it seems cool plus my school library has it so I want to pick it up  (Update:okay so this was written a week in advance, and since then I’ve read it, and it’s amazing!! Review

3.The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

I recently read The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley, and really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to pick up a  a new book by her. I got this from the library and it’s overdue and yeah… (I read this too! Review

4.Columbine by Dave Cullen

I’m just really  interested in things like school shootings, and this book amazing, so I want to read it. I got for like 10 cents,and yeah.

5.Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

I read Before I die by her, wasn’t the biggest fan but this sounds really good plus I’m pretty sure one of the character is a lesbian?? idk that’s just what I heard , so I’m really excited to read this book.

6.The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read Paying Guests by her and really enjoyed so my library has this one, so I want to pick it up eventually.It’s set during the early 1900s which is one my favourite time periods to read about, so I’m really excited.

7. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Bachman.

I read My Grandmother Asked me To Tell You She’s Sorry and absolutely loved it. I think this one is his more famous one, and looks really good.I got this book for like 25 cents  and I’m really looking forward to diving in this one.

8. Humans by Robert J Sawyer.

I recently read the first book in this series and thought it was really interesting, and I’m really excited to see where this book will go.

9.Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I’m trying to convince my mom to let me get it out of her university library, because I really want to read it. I usually don’t like non-fiction but I don’t know, this might make me change my mind?who knows

10.Chamber of Secrets by J.k Rowling.

I keep telling myself that I’m going to reread harry potter, and I never get around to it. Maybe i will this fall??probably not but one can wish.

What are some books on your fall tbr?

 

 

 

 

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

 

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Goodreads  Summary:

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine.

Rating:5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Plot: I’ve read my share of thrillers, and for the most part I  haven’t been impressed. Read Gone Girl, didn’t like it. Read Girl on The Train, really didn’t like it.So I just kind of dismissed thrillers as something I could never really truly enjoy. Boy was I wrong. I’m going to be brief, because unless you have read this book everything I said could be a hint to the way the story unveils itself

As you can gather from the description Dangerous Girls tells the story of Anna, a girl accused of the murder of her best friend while on Spring vacation in Aruba.Dangerous Girls is told chronologically out of order, alternating between what happened in Aruba,how Elise and and Anna met, and what happened after Elise’s murder.This gives us a lot of insight and different perspectives on Anna’s life before and after the murder.

This is the type of book that has you thinking one thing, and then turning it out to be something else that is the opposite of what you expect.For this reason, I think it’s very important that you try not to spoil yourself or get spoiled. This would kind of  ruin the whole experience of reading this book, i’m sure it would be still enjoyable but not quite as impactful.

Characters:

Haas paints the characters-Anna and Elise in particular- very well.They are very well rounded characters, and we really get to see the evolution of Anna’s and Elise’s friendship. Though we see Anna being portrayed in such a dark light, the flashbacks portray Anna in a positive light, showing her for the caring and brave girl she is.

As I said before, their friendship is a very strong one. And you can really tell that their bond is stronger than most. They love each other so much, and would do anything for each other.

The only problem I had with the characters and the book was the fact that the other characters, Anna and Elise’s  friends weren’t as well developed as the Anna and Elise. I guess that’s because their friendship  wasn’t as strong, and the other friends weren’t as close

Writing:

I finished this book in one sitting, so needless to say this book is very easy to devour. The writing is very enrapturing, and instantly grabs your attention.Abigail Haas paints  the situation and characters very well with her words, and keeps your attention until the very end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lavender House by Lucinda Riley Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

La Côte d’Azur, 1998: In the sun-dappled south of France, Emilie de la Martinières, the last of her gilded line, inherits her childhood home, a magnificent château and vineyard. With the property comes a mountain of debt—and almost as many questions . . .

Paris, 1944: A bright, young British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent undercover to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from her contacts in the Resistance, she soon stumbles into the heart of a prominent family who regularly entertain elite members of the German military even as they plot to liberate France. But in a city rife with collaborators and rebels, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart.

As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the château itself may provide the clues that unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future. Here is a dazzling novel of intrigue and passion from one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

Rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

I’ve recently discovered this type of story that is very formulaic but also very addicting. Basically there’s someone(usually a girl, usually rich) who has either lost someone recently or is struggling to understand the place they have in this world and discovers that there’s a family secret . Then this main character attempts to uncover the secret, and we begin to learn the story of the family’s past.Once you’ve read one of these types of books, you get the gist of it, but I just can’t get enough of them. The Lavender Garden definitely satisfied my need, and while it wasn’t as good as other ones it was still pretty good.

There’s really not much need to go into the plot of the story since as I stated, they’re all pretty much the same.  But basically   the premise of  Lavender Garden is that Emily’s Mom has just died, and she is faced with the burden of having to deal with her parent’s financial debt,as she tries to decide whether or not to keep the family castle(I know, it sounds very petty). In sweeps Sebastian, a man who says that his grandmother knew Emily’s father during the  second world war. This leads Emily to uncover certain secrets about both her and Sebastian’s family.

As I said before I’m a sucker for these kinds of plots, they might not be the best for everyone, but I really enjoy them, and despite the fact that they’re very cliche, I do like to see the different takes the authors have on this type of story.

Characters:

The problem I did have with Lavender Garden was the fact that while the story that was set in World War 2 was very well developed, the one about Emily wasn’t as much so. Emily kind of just acted as the person who enabled us to learn about this story, and that was about it. I did like what we did get of Emily and her life, but I did find it to be a little one-dimensional. On the other hand, Constance’s story-the one in World War 2- was very well developed, and very interesting. Constance was portrayed as a very brave, understanding woman and I really enjoyed her character.

One of the things that really bugged me about Emily’s character was that I found her to be a little naive, and unaware of things that were happening right under her nose. While I do understand that the things she did, she did while she was suffering from grief, it was very frustrating to read about Emily  not realizing what was happening to her. I don’t  want to go into too much detail in fear of spoiling anybody

Writing:

The writing was pretty unremarkable, though I did have a few issues with the dialogue. I found some of it to be very stilted and awkward.A lot of the dialogue seemed like the script to a bad sitcom. It was also kind of weird because it would sometimes just suddenly switch to being normal dialogue, and it was kind of hard to focus on the story when the dialogue was so unrealistic.

 

Hannah Recommends:Historical Fiction

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  1. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 

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Revolution alternates between  present Paris, and a paris in the middle of a revolution. Revolution follows two girls Andi, and Alexandrine as their lives begin to intertwine despite the fact that they live almost two centuries apart. I really love this book , as I think it’s not only a good historical fiction book, but just a good book in general. There are some very important topics addressed such as substance abuse, and depression, while also being a very informative book about the French Revolution

2. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life tells the story of Ursula who is able to die but still live. Every time she dies, she goes back to the same moment  that made her die and she is able to  continue on her life. This book has such an unique concept, but it’s not the only thing going for it. It’s also a very character rich story, and  a very emotional one too. Life After Life takes place across two world wars, and it’s a really good read for people who are looking for a historical fiction novel that’s interesting and unique

3. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

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This is another book that has two timelines.One is in modern day Vermont where an Indian Burial ground is being expropriated to build a strip mall, the another in the 30s during a time where the Eugenics program was going strong. Like any Picoult Book, Second Glance is a character rich novel filled with lots of twists and turns. The historical subject was very unique, and I learnt a lot about something I knew very little of. Here’s my Review if you’d like to know more about this book.

4.11/22/63 by Stephen King

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11/22/63 is a time travel novel that explores the possibility of being able to stop the Kennedy Assignation. I love a good time travel novel, and this is one is one of the very best. This book is very slow burning and long. It takes quite awhile to get to the main part of the story. Above all this isn’t just a story about the prevention of Kennedy’s assassination. it’s much more than that, and features a large variety of story arc. I really love this book, and if you’re looking to  get into Stephen King, I’d recommend this one to you. It’s not scary, though it is a little gorey and it’s really good.

5.In The Shadows of BlackBirds by Cat Winters

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This book is  takes place during early  1900s in a time where the Spanish Influenza was a huge issue. It’s a very creepy, supernatural kind of books mixed with an awesome set of characters. There’s a lot of sides to this book and it’s really perfect for anyone whether you like mystery, paranormal,historical fiction or romance. It’s really interesting and I really think it’s worth the read.

So there you have it. Some historical fiction novels that I highly recommend and that I think a lot of people would enjoy.

Is there any ones that you think I should read? I’m always open to recommendations!

 

 

 

 

Half by Sally Green Book Review

 

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Goodreads Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

My Rating:4/5 stars

My thoughts:

Plot:

Half Bad is set in in a world where there are two types of witches:Black And White. As you may guess, the Black witches are evil and the White witches good. But Nathan, the main character is a half code, half black half white, and his father is one of the worst  black witch ever.

Despite the fact that I gave this book a four stars, I didn’t really enjoy the plot at all.I liked everything that happened in the book, but I didn’t like the whole point of the book. I just found it was kind  of boring and  Nathan’s end goal didn’t really interest me. But everything that led to his goal was enjoyable. I liked his interactions with his family, I liked his quest to find his father. To me I felt like this book could have had a different direction while still having the same plot if that makes sense. One of the things that I didn’t really like about the plot was the fact that it was kind of  too slow. As someone who likes slow books,Half Bad dragged on a lot. It wasn’t even a long book, but just looking back it’s hard to even remember what  actually happened. I think the author elaborated a little too much on some things,  while not focusing long enough on others.

Characters:

Now the characters in this book are probably my favorite thing about this book , though there isn’t that many characters. I really liked Nathan’s character and his struggle between  the two sides of himself, but I did find he was sometimes blinded by what he wanted and didn’t really think about the situation in front of him. He was too caught up with finding his father, and being a half code that it didn’t really leave room for any other part of his personality.   As mentioned before I really liked Nathan’s family, especially Arran who was just an absolute sweetheart and the best brother that Nathan could possibly have.

The last character who I really enjoyed was Daniel, though we didn’t get a lot of him, I did really enjoy what we did see.I liked the friendship between him and Nathan, and the fact that he was a major book nerd was a bonus. Plus you can totally tell that he has a major crush on Nathan, so hopefully that may blossom into  something more later on?

Writing:

The writing was really easy to get into, and really made the book fly by. The only issue I had was the fact that it was in second person sometimes, which I found to be really weird and not needed? It was like only for twenty pages, but I don’t even know why it was there for those twenty pages.

 

Fall Activites Book Tag

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I was tagged by dreamingthroughliterature       to do this  tag. Basically you just answer a bunch of questions that are fall related

Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

i have like a million books on my tbr so to chose just one is really hard, but i’m really excited to read Winter by Marissa Meyer and plus it has an apple on the cover so bonus points for that

Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in.

The most recent book  that I really was completely immersed was probably More Happy Than not. While it wasn’t a “fun” read, it was really good, and i guess it was kind of fun to feel sad??

Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer  wasn’t really scary but it did make me feel really weird, and i was really creeped out afterwards

Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased).

I  mostly get my books from  my library, so umm I got Dangerous Girls and Winter yesterday. Really excited to read it!

Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful.

I really can’t talk about any other book other than the book thief. Each word is carefully chosen, and every line has something special to it.

Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. It was just really offensive and a horrible portrayal of schizophrenia ,to top it off it made so sense and was super confusing. Only good thing going for it is the cover

Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

Fangirl is one of those books that I always come back to, it’s a book that I read when I’m sad, and I just really love it.

Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood.

Nancy Drew : ) I love Nancy Drew so much, they’re the books that I most strongly associate with my childhood, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them

Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read.

I don’t read spooky books because I’m a scaredy cat but The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman was enjoyable

So whoever wants to do this tag, considered yourself tagged!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Albums

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is an audio freebie, so I decided to  do my top albums. Now  my music taste is pretty boring, and these albums are like the only music I ever listen to but yeah anyway let’s get into this. Since I don’t have that many favourite albums, I think I’ll also do a favourite and least favourite song for each album

1.American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall out Boy

I love this Album so much, and all the songs on it are such perfection,and  I think it’s probably one of my fave Fall Out Boy songs

Favorite:Jet Pack Blues

Least Favourite:Novaccaine

2. Badlands  by Halsey

Idk Halsey isn’t something I would normally listen to, but her songs are just really catchy, and though I can’t relate at all to anything she sings about it, I really like her album

Favourite:Coming Down

Least Favourite: I Walk the Line

3.Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

Now I’m not  as  obsessed with Imagine Dragons as I used to be, but it’s the first band I really liked and if any of the songs were to come on I would definitely sing along

Favorite:Demons

Least Favourite:Hear me

4.Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy

Seeing as Fall Out Boy is my favourite band I had to include more than 1 album by them.This was Fall Out Boy’s comeback album and I think they did a very job, and it’s very different from their old stuff but still very good

Favourite:Alone Together

Least Favourite:Where did the Party Go

5. Hamilton Cast Album

This is a recent discovery but I really love Hamilton, and I think it’s really well done and constructed in a really amazing race. It’s really clever and I really love all the songs and the story

Favorite:Non-Stop

Least Favourite:Farmer Refuted

So that it’s, my music taste is very broad, which is why I only have five albums but whatever.

What are your favourite Albums?

 

 

Hannah Recommends:Diverse Adult Books

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So as someone who reads a lot of Adult books, I feel like there’s a lack of diversity in Adult. I know this is partially due to me, and the fact that I haven’t searched far enough, but I also do  think that it is something that is often lacking in Adult literature. i just want more than anything a LGBT chicklit,or just anything like that. So today I’m recommending some  adult books that have diverse elements. The list may be short at the moment, but I am constantly in search of books like this so I hope it will oneday grow.

  1. Sing You Home By Jodi Picoult

This book features a lesbian couple:Zoe, and Vanessa,and the struggles they face as they try to have a baby. This is one of my favourite Jodi Picoult book, and I just think it’s so important. It really discusses the  day to day struggles one faces.The only problem I have with this book, is it kind of makes out that being pregnant is the only option, and they kind of just ignore the possibility of adoption, which i really didn’t like but I still think it’s worth a read.

2.The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

This is  a book that I have trouble explaining without spoiling any major plot points. But basically this girl Frances falls in love with one of their tenants:Lillian, and then halfway through someone really extreme happens, and I kind of have to deal with that while trying to keep on to their love? This is set in the 20s, it’s more of a hidden romance but I really enjoyed it though it is very very long winded.

2. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

This is about a a runner who lives  in this fictional place that I believe is in Africa and he escapes to go the “Freedom State”  because his father was killed for his political beliefs.It’s this really character  rich story, that discusses a lot of important issues such as race,freedom of speech, etc.

3. Kindred by Octavia Butler.

This is about an African American Woman in the 70s(?) who  finds herself going back in time repeatedly  to save her ancestor. She finds herself stuck on a plantation, and losing the freedom she had in the present. It’s a really tough read, but it’s very important to read about something like that

4.All The Light We Cannot See

This book is often compared to The Book Thief and while I don’t see it, it’s still a very good book. It’s about a blind French Girl and a german boy who’s lives intertwine during World War 2. It’s a very beautiful and complex story, if anyone is interested I have a full review of it on my Tumblr.

5.The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni

This is one of the saddest  books I’ve ever read, but it’s just so amazing. The setting is  Kabul and it’s really a tale of friendship, love and loss while  also having historical elements of Afghanistan It’s not enough to just watch the movie, I really believe that this is a book that needs to be read.

 

So there you have it, five diverse adult recommendations. I know it’s a very small number, and I really want to improve on the number of diverse books i read  especially adult ones, so any and all diverse adult recommendations are welcome!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books of Realistic Fiction

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This week’s topic is top ten favorite books of any genre. I chose realistic fiction as i find it’s the genre i reach for the most.I define Realistic fiction as kind of the adult version of contemporary? I don’t know if that’s the correct defintion, but that’s how i define it so let’s get into this. ( This is like two days late but yolo)

1.I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

This wouldn’t be a favorites post without me mentioning my all time author. I am The Messenger is so diffirent, yet just as amazing as  The Book Thief.It’s a book filled with amazing characters and rich themes and I highly recommend it

2.The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult.

This is technically considered as a historical fiction, but i just had to include it. Jodi picoult is one of my favorite authors and this my favorite book by her. It’s such an interesting perspective and is done such a sensitive way. As with any of her books, the writing is amazing as is the characters and there’s the classic Picoult twist.

3. My Grandmother Asked me To Tell you She’s Sorry by Frederick Backman

This is a recent favourite and it’s just so beautiful and endearing. It took me a while to really get into it, but once I did I loved it so much. It’s told from the perspective of a seven year old and just there’s so many great life lessons, and as a great bonus there’s tons of Harry Potter references.

4.The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Again kind of Historical fiction, but like not really so I’m going to include it. This book has one of my favourite storytelling techniques which is a past and present timeline, and The Secret Keeper did such a good job with it,and it was just so interesting.Plus the plot twist at the end was jaw dropping

5.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

While all of Mitch Albom’s books are great I think this is my favourite one. It’s just such an interesting read, and  it’s really unique. There’s a kind of Shadow of The Wind feel( idk that just might be me) and it’s just so whimsical and magical.I just really loved it.

6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

This was one of my favourites books of 2015, and I just cannot rave enough about this week. It’s so heartbreaking, and is told in such a way that makes you really put yourself in the character’s shoes and wonder what it would be to go through what they were going through. The characterization was amazing, and the author did an amazing job of handling the subject of Alzheimers. I really want to read her other books one day

7.A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This is one of those classics that can be read anyone, and it’s one that I think everyone should read. It’s a really simple book, but it’s just beautiful it’s in simplicity.Even if you’re not a fan of classics, you should still read it. It reads like a realistic fiction novel today, and it’s just so rich

8. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni

I’ve read two of Khaled’s books, and both were amazing, but this one was just a little better than The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini just has  a way with words,and he’s just able to craft such an amazing story.He tells devastating tales and yet there’s something so beautiful about them. He’s one of the most talented writers I’ve encountered.

 Okay so I couldn’t quite come up with 10, but eight is just as good right?

What are your favourite realistic fiction books?