As part of National Share a Story Month, alongside sharing some of our own stories we thought we would take the time to highlight some of our favourite stories that we've read over the years. These come in no particular order but hopefully there is at least one thing on the list that takes your fancy. If you've got any recommendations of books we should pick up then let us know using #Ten29StoryTime. So without further ado...
Wonder - R.J Palcio
This is an incredibly heartwarming tale of August Pullman, a young boy with a rare genetic disease. Due to the number of surgeries he has had to undergo since birth August has been home schooled, and the book begins with his first day starting fifth grade in a public middle school. The book follows this incredible young boy as he navigates being in a new environment, his relationships with his friends and classmates and the relationships within the family unit. Officially a children's novel this book is something that everyone can take something away from and if nothing else it is sure to leave you with a smile and a tear in your eye.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
This is a book I came across after hearing a few recommendations from friends and seeing it appear in several Instagram stories. A look at racism within Britain and British Culture, this book is eye opening to say the least. When overt racist acts dominate major news outlets, this book looks at how far reaching racism is within our society and how it is more than the overt acts we see on TV. A book that so many of us can learn a lot from and I strongly recommend it.
The Perks of being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
The second book on this list to have been made into a feature length film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows 15 year old Charlie through his first year of High School. . Written as a series of letters from Charlie to and unknown recipient, we learn of some of the immense difficulties and trauma that Charlie has faced in his short life. Ultimately, this story centres around his relationship with the friends he makes whilst at high school and how Charlie slowly begins to come to terms with his past. This is a book that is incredibly difficult to put down and if you are the sort of person who never wants to read, at very least watch the film because this is a story worth hearing.
Now I still haven't finished this book but I am reading it now and I really love it! The book follows the work of an off the grid operative in America. If you're anything like me and love books or films that are all crime and drama I couldn't recommend this book enough!
Anything by Jodi Picoult
Now I haven't read every book that Jodi Picoult has written however I have read a few and loved every single one. I guess this one is more an author recommendation than an actual book. My only advice with this one is prepare with tissues as she never writes anything that doesn't somehow make me cry! My favourite of hers is definitely 'My Sister's Keeper' and it is sooooo much better than the film!