I’ve been a reader since my early teens if not earlier, so there are plenty of books I might have forgotten about. Nevertheless, this is just a few which came to my mind first when trying to list my favourites.
Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I became obsessed with the story of Anne Shirley when I was in primary school and the first book of the collection was a mandatory read of our language classes. I then purchased the rest of the books over the years to come. I’m sure some of you will be familiar with the general plot as the series is over a hundred years old and still frequently discussed. It’s a warm story in a warm setting with characters I got really attached to. It’s strangely comforting hence I find myself coming back at least once a year. (Now that I think about it, maybe that warmth and comfort is what was lacking in my early years).
Pretty Honest and Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes
It’s not a secret that I’m entirely obsessed with Sali and her work. Anything she does she always ends up nailing it – from the In the Bathroom series, the Guardian Column, the Pool, radio appearances to the recent publications. I’d happily take Sali’s advice over anyone else’s as she’s one of the most skilled, experienced and passionate beauty writers out there. Putting her knowledge to the side though, I think of Pretty Honest as more than a guide. If you have ever been mocked for your interest in beauty or labelled vain for taking your time with your routines first thing in the morning you might understand why not only Pretty Honest but the majority of Sali’s writings are so important. I think we should be more vocal about these issues.
This article was much needed and sadly still remains very relevant – A Note on Internet Crusaders Against Beauty.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
I don’t think I fully understood the topics in this book since I read it so early in my life. I took a closer look at it again recently and then read through the reviews and various discussions online. What struck me immediately were different perceptions of the main heroine Emma. She marries early in her life but clearly becomes unhappy as her life turns out to be different to what she once dreamt of. What I saw as loneliness, depression and unhappiness other interpreted as boredom and selfishness. I think the book stays relevant now and can easily be relatable. I definitely do relate in a way.
Have you read these? Let me know in the comments below! I would also love to hear about your favourite picks.