It never ceases to amaze me how a book can stir up the emotions like nothing else. I’m not a particularly expressive person and the last time I cried was probably through anguish that someone else had got to the last biscuit first, but a good book seems to get the better of me every time.
Here are my top 5 emotion-evoking reads:
Want to feel warm and cosy with a dose of romance and friendship?
Then read…any book by Millie Johnson. I love this woman’s books so much I’d marry her. There’s not too much sop that you want to punch the romantic couple in the chops, and her one-liners are priceless.
This paragraph is not enough praise for Millie Johnson and soon I’ll do a full review, but for now all I can say is that they’re great reads – trust me!
Leaves you feeling: so satisfied from your read you’ll want to go out and hug everyone.
Want to feel like a gritty woman of the world?
Then pick up a…Martina Cole. How she thinks up those horrors goodness only knows. I read The Graft with a mixture of intrigue and repulsion; it was a page-turner all right and I raced through it, fascinated at this underworld life I was completely naive to, but at the same time put off by the grossness of it all.
Martina Cole is very clever writer and if, like me, you’re a bit ignorant to the nasty stuff, then give it a go – it’s an eye-opener!
Leaves you feeling: Like you want to don a leather jacket and dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’.
Want to feel glamorous and edgy?
Then try…Helen Fielding’s Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.
I first discovered Helen Fielding when, at 15 years old, a friend gave me a well-thumbed copy of ‘Bridget Jones’ along with a fierce recommendation that I must “read it at once”. I did and, like most people, absolutely loved it.
So much so in fact that when I heard that she was bringing out a glamorous female spy thriller, I was straight on it, spending a fortune on the hardback version because I couldn’t even wait for the paperback to come out.
Olivia Joules is a complete departure from Bridget Jones. It’s like Scuba Barbie combined with a female James Bond. It’s completely different from anything else I’ve come across and my advice would of course be to “read it at once”!
Leaves you feeling: Like you could save the world while dressed in a ballgown.
Want to feel inspired?
Then give Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week a go. Tim Ferriss managed to work just 4 hours a week and make a tonne of money in the process. I loved reading about how he did it, although the fact that I’m still working a 37 hour work week suggests I could do to read it again.
If you have entrepreneurial spirit and fancy yourself as master of your own destiny then give this one a go. A right good holiday read. And if you can put into practice what you learn then all the better!
Leaves you feeling: Like you could rule the world – and still have plenty of time for the finer things in life.
Want a profound read and a good cry?
These days, after years of hardcore studying reading lists, anything too heavy is definitely off my agenda (the fluffier the better!), but if you can cope with the emotion then I’d recommend The Dead Poet’s Society.
I saw the film before I read the book and was too young to have a clue what was going on, but when I did read the book at 21 it had a profound effect. I was working as a language teaching assistant in East Germany at the time. It was the middle of a lonely winter and I was already pretty depressed – but was definitely more so by the time I got to the end of the book!
I read it in one night and did so because it was part of the curriculum of the class I was helping to teach. I think I’m the only one who actually read it! – but I’m pleased I did as it made me think, even though I couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night!
Leaves you feeling: DPS lifts you then plummets you down to the depths of despair. It’s an important read, but not a frivolous one.