25 Favourite Books in 25 Years
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25 Favourite Books in 25 Years

25 Favourite Books in 25 Years

It’s my birthday month and I’m about to turn twenty-five years old! To commemorate the moment I thought I would share 25 favourite books that have had a profound effect on me.

These are not necessarily my favourite books ever – although a lot of them are – instead, these are the books that defined me in some way during the last twenty-five years.

25 Favourite Books in 25 Years

What are your 25 favourite books that have defined your life so far? Let me know in the comments below.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I would say that this is my favourite book of all time. Everything about it is perfect to me.

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

This book is beyond words. It’s so beautiful and very important. I wish more people read it.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I grew up with this series, and I still read every book each summer. This year marks the 10th year I’ve read them.

Emma by Jane Austen

Has my favourite quote of all time: ‘if I loved you less I could talk about it more’

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A brilliant story that got me into greek mythology re-tellings.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The first classic I ever read for ‘free reading’ and I loved it.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

First classic psychological thriller I read. So intense and beautifully written.

The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon

This book led me on my side hustle path and I’m so grateful!

The History Boys by Alan Bennett

My favourite play of all time. I can watch this/read this over and over again. Such a wonderful script.

The Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh

One of the best books ever written I think.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

I wax lyrical about this book on my blog, but it really reached me.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

I can still picture myself as clear as day, reading all three of these books back to back in two evenings, from the comfort of the armchair in my brother’s room. He was at University so I designated his space my ‘library’.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Yes, I was a Twi-Hard fan. I got the first three books in the series for a return car journey from the holiday from hell, and I was addicted from then on it. Thankfully, those days are long gone!

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I was utterly gripped by this series depicting an alternative look at racial prejudice growing up. Still blind-sides me every time I think about it.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Read at school and skipped ahead because I had to know what happened.

Apache by Tanya Landman

I read this heart-wrenching and powerful story about the Apache warriors when I was 12 years old, for a Blue Peter competition. To this day I still adore it.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

My first ‘adult’ book I read, with sex scenes! *gasp* It’s so typical of me that the first book I ever read with sex scenes is a flipping-historical fiction novel though isn’t it!

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I read this nearly 1,000-page book when I was just 16 years old – and I’m still so proud of that fact! Also, it’s one of my all-time favourite films.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

One of those books I’ve re-read multiple times, every time wondering if I enjoy it or not. But something always brings me back.

The Magic Key by Roderick Hunt

I loved this series as a little kid, I’m pretty sure these are the books that taught me how to understand stories.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My Auntie Ann read this to us as children and I finally read it myself this Christmas – reading my Grandma’s copy from the 1950s.

The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Another childhood favourite which I read constantly growing up. Still love the story to this day, despite the religious rhetoric.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

I have two copies of this book as the original copy I owned is wrecked from repeated reading.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

The first literary book I truly enjoyed and understood, and I felt understood me.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

I read it on Christmas Eve, just as I’m about to go to sleep, and it instantly returns me to childhood and the excitement of Christmas morning.

What are the 25 most important books in your life? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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