Me in 5 Books

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.”

This is a book from my childhood and when it first came out I was a bit relucant to read it. I was eventually convinced to give it and go and I was hooked! I couldn’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. Each year for my birthday we preordered a copy so that I could get it when it first came out.

My friends at school were also reading it, so it was the first time that we could all voluntarily discuss a book that we were enjoying.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.”

I had heard good things about this book and when I started reading it I understood why. It was so cleverly written, weaving fact and fiction together seamlessly. I hadn’t read a book written like that before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I then went on to read the other books in the series and loved all of them too! I couldn’t pick a favourite from the series, so I chose the book that started off my love of Dan Brown books!

A Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…”

I randomly chose this book and was immediately hooked. I loved the way that Cassandra Clare created this other world, and went on to read the rest of the books in the Clockwork series. I then found out about the Shadowhunter series and read all of those, plus a novella about one of the characters. I have yet to read the next series, but it is on my list and I am looking forward to reading it!

Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed…A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City: nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he’s claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each received a sick postcard in the mail before they died – a postcard that announced their date of death. In desperation, the FBI assigns the case to maverick agent Will Piper, once the most accomplished serial killing expert in the bureau’s history, now on a dissolute spiral to retirement. Battling his own demons, Will is soon drawn back into a world he both loves and hates, determined to catch the killer whatever it takes. But his search takes him in a direction he could never have predicted, uncovering a shocking secret that has been closely guarded for centuries. A secret that once lay buried in an underground library beneath an 8th Century monastery, but which has now been unearthed – with deadly consequences. A select few defend the secret of the library with their lives – and as Will closes in on the truth, they are determined to stop him, at any cost…

Some crimes should never be solved; some secrets are best left buried.
Secret of the Seventh Son is a debut thriller by Glenn Cooper about predestination and fate.”

I received some Waterstones vouchers for my birthday one year, and when I went to spend them this book jumped out at me. I liked the thought of reading about a library and the blurb had me hooked. I am so glad that I picked this book. It was really gripping and I went on to read the rest of the series. If I am ever asked to pick a favourite author then Glenn Cooper and this book/series comes to mind.

I have also read a couple of his other books which I enjoyed, and there is a series that I have yet to read. I did start the series, but I got distracted and so need to get back to it at some point!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.”

I had drifted away from fantasy, instead plumping for a murder mystery story, until my friend lent me A Court of Thorns and Roses that I had bought her for her birthday. She said that she enjoyed it and that I should give it a go.

I loved it! I then didn’t think any more about it until I found this next one on the library app. I started reading it and, once I had remembered what had happened in A Court of Thorns and Roses, I got really into it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I remembered why I had loved fantasy books so much!

This one is my favourite one of the series so far (I am still reading the series, currently on A Court of Silver Flames!) which is why I chose it as my fifth and final choice.

Obviously I have enjoyed reading many other books and choosing just 5 was tricky, but these are the ones that have made an impact on my adulthood reading (Harry Potter being the exception!) and that have stuck with me.

What 5 books describe your reading?

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