Here are Llinos's picks for "The One"!
I recently read 'The Earth Angel Training Academy' by Michelle Gordon and absolutely fell in love with it. I was looking to try visionary fiction and the reviews for this book were brilliant, so I gave it a try. I was not at all disappointed. It's the story of Velvet, who runs the academy which trains angels and fairies and other creatures to be born as humans on Earth. It's such a beautiful, vivid story, everyone should read it.
The One that was a gift:
I'm not often gifted books, but my mum gave me a copy of 'The Body of the Beach' by Simon Brett. I like a good murder mystery and this book is a great introduction to the Fethering Mysteries series. Since then I've read a few more books and I really enjoy my sleuthing antics with the crime-solvers, Carole and her friend Jude.
The One that got away:
I bought 'The Crown of Thistles' at the beginning of the year, but so far sitting down and actually reading it has eluded me. I love historical biographies, and the Tudor period in particular, so I am sure I will eventually enjoy this background to the rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I.
The One that makes you cry:
I very rarely cry at books; the only one I can remember making the tears roll down my cheeks is 'My Sister's Keeper' by Jodi Picoult. It's the story of a young girl with cancer whose sister is a genetic match for her and has had enough and wants the rights to her own body back. I had cancer as a child and so some of the scenes about Kate's leukaemia really affected me deeply.
I have to say Jodi Picoult again, this time 'Nineteen Minutes'. Gun culture and school shootings in the US are things that I can never get my head around, but this book was an intense and raw look at a shooting committed by a boy who is sick of being bullied and took revenge in the most violent way possible. I read it years ago, and it's still with me.
The One you always go back to:
I discovered P.G. Wodehouse as a young teenager, and I have never looked back. Whenever I want to laugh, and disappear into a book and just roll around in its gloriousness, I turn to the Jeeves and Wooster novels. There is nothing better than curling up with Bertie and going on a rollicking ride through pointless but hilarious plots. They are simply divine.
Thanks Llinos! I love that you have some Jodi Picoult picks in there - if it wasn't Harry Potter for me, I'd totally be turning to her books again and again! :)