I've always been a book worm. A habit I picked up from my dad, books have always been a constant in my life and I've loved reading as long as I can remember. I have hoarded books for years, never throwing out any books once I'd finished reading them but instead, needing to buy bookcase, after bookcase, after bookcase. It's my dream to own a house big enough where I can have a whole room just for books, a poor-persons attempt at a library. It'd be heaven.
Over the past few months, that's all changed though and I've started saying goodbye to old books, books that at one time I loved to read, but would never realistically read again. It was hard, like really hard going through my bookcases and decided which ones would stay and which would go, but off they went (a good 100+) to the local charity shop, for someone else to love. There's a select few I'd never give up though, and of all the reads which I decided to keep, these will always be my favourites - the books I'll never let go.
Point Horror: The Snowman by R.L.Stine (£1.96)
Hands up if you were totally addicted to Point Horror books growing up? OK, so I might be showing my age there a little, but I was a complete geek for Point Horror books as a child and teenager, and the scarier the better. There's one which has always stuck with me though, one I never got rid of as all my other childhood books were given away over the years, one which terrified me at the time and still sends shivers down my spine now. The Snowman is my favourite Point Horror book, the story revolves around a girl called Heather whose unhappy with her home life and relationship, when a mysterious guy moves to her town. A classic teen love story with a point horror perfect twist.
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (£5.79)
I know Jodi Picoult is a really popular chick-lit author, but of all her books, this is my favourite. If I remember correctly, I actually picked this up free with a magazine years ago, but the story has always stuck with me as it introduced me to something else; Dante's Inferno. As a trigger warning, the story does centre around a father whose daughter has been sexually abused, but if you are OK reader stories with themes such as that, it's a beautiful read and very thought invoking. I have been in love with the idea of Dante's Inferno ever since reading this, which you can find out more about here.
Love Lessons by David Belbin (£2.49)
This book always holds strong memories for me - not because I was ever in love with a teacher (which is the main theme of the story) - but because my mum kicked up such a fuss over this book! It was a present from my brother and sister-in-law when I was around 12/13, and my mum was adamant that the theme of the book was not appropriate for a girl of my age at the time. She actually threw it out! But my dad bought me a replacement and the story is quite addictive and completely pulls you in. A young girl becomes close to her teacher whilst working on a school play of Romeo and Juliet (cliché), but what fascinates me about the storyline is how much emotional blackmail plays a role in their relationship at times, and how they overcome that. Bit of a dodgy story theme, but still a good read and one I'll always remember.
An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell (£4.99)
Probably my favourite book of all time, because to be a total cliche, it was a book which helped me get over a breakup in my late teens. It also shot Jill Mansell straight to the top as my favourite author, where she still is years down the line. Of all the books and authors I read, Jill's books are always my favourite to disappear into. An Offer You Can't Refuse follows the breakfast of a relationship, an interfering mother with more money than sense and how things pan out years down the line when the teenage couple cross paths again.
Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good by Corey Taylor (£3.99)
This book is amazing. There's no other way to describe it. One of my favourite reads, ever, and also officially my favourite possessions. There's a little story behind my copy of Seven Deadly Sins, and one which makes the book itself all the more special. In the run up to it's release, Corey Taylor (lead singer of Slipknot, FYI), Corey held a few events around the UK; 'An Evening with Corey Taylor'. Tickets sold out in minutes but I managed to snap one up and they were super cheap, just £25! The night consisted of Corey reading from his book, a Q&A and a live acoustic set, with songs requested by us! It was an incredible night and one I'll never forget - I was at the barrier in front of him for the whole evening, I got to meet him, his family and fellow bandmate Sid Wilson afterwards and even got hugs, photos and he signed my ticket (alongside an 'I love tea!'). Just thinking about it now makes me smile! Our tickets also included a free, signed copy of Seven Deadly Sins, weeks before it's release date! Smitten. Seven Deadly Sins looks at the (unsurprisingly) seven deadly sins which govern many people's lives, as Corey dissects each with stories and anecdotes from his past. Again, a trigger warning with this one as it contains sexual abuse. But I would genuinely recommend this book to anyone!
Never Stop Shutting Up: A Book of Advice and Other Things You Didn't Ask For by Mike Falzone (£6.33)
Mike Falzone is one of my favourite YouTubers and his book is a great short read. Mike's videos center around things we all do, but probably shouldn't. His videos are funny and include stories from Mike's own past, including mistakes made, lessons learns and his view on everyday things everyone goes through. Never Stop Shutting Up is the same - a book of life lessons that I found relate-able and incredibly funny to read. You can check out Mike's YouTube channel here.
Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties by Ajahn Brahm (£4.60)
Ajahn Brahm has a huge significance in my life, a Buddhist who has helped me in times of need, whose stories and ideas have changed my mood from negative to positive more times than I can remember. Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung is another book which looks at everyday life difficulties, but gives you solutions and a different perspective on these difficulties we face, making us look at things more positively. Life changing book right here! You can also find Ajahn Brahm on YouTube here.
What books make it into your 'I could never let go of these!' pile?