I was always that kid that loved reading. Staying up at night until my eyes were bloodshot because I had to finish the next chapter of the Harry Potter book. My passion for being transported into a whole different reality and seeing life through someone else’s eyes has not wavered (also why I love ballet). Here is a list of some books that have stayed with me. I’ve read them all an uncountable amount of times. If you haven’t read them before, I wholeheartedly recommend them.
1. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
I’m not entirely sure why this is my absolute favourite, but I guess I’m a bit jealous of Anne’s beautifully naive look at her world. She has all sorts of reasons to be pessimistic or unhappy but she tries so hard to be good and see the beauty in life. My copy’s spine is creased to the point that it’s hard to read the title.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
2. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
I am a deeply sentimental person. Also a deeply sarcastic person. That may seem contradictory, but I find I can satisfy these feelings by reading Jane Austen’s book over and over again.
“Till this moment I never knew myself.”
3. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
This is probably one of my favourite books more-so because it is also one of my favourite movies. (Yes, I watched the movie first.) I enjoy the unconventional timeline that happens in the book, and there are several quotes that have really stuck with me. But mostly, I love it for the love stories (not just with his wife).
“But don't you think that it's better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
For me, this book is all about the humour. I find Oscar absolutely hilarious, but with pieces of truth hidden underneath it all. As his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is extra special to me. One of my best friends and I just went to go and see a play of it at the St James Theatre in London, just before the 125th anniversary of the novel’s publication.
“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”