Reading Favourite Books

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One of mine and Sophie’s reading resolutions for this year was to read someone else’s favourite book. I think we’ve both taken this resolution a little further than we intended and have decided to read a lot of people’s favourite books this year.

I initially decided to do this as a fun way to read a little more. I wanted to have some structure to this years reading, but also not be too hard on myself if something gets read or not.

Originally i planned on reading one persons favourite book, and then i realised pretty quickly that a lot of people around me have the same favourite books. Mine and Sophie’s list of favourites are practically the same, meaning i could rule all those out as ones i’ve already read. So i decided to get a list of about six or seven books from my friends that they absolutely adored and i’m going to read those.

So far my list is:

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I’m still after a few more favourites from people as i’d love to read more of what other people love!

I think you can tell a lot about a person from their favourite books. Once you’ve read them you can have in depth conversations with people about what they absolutely adored about the books and what they didn’t like so much. You have the ability to see why and how a book has effected their life so much.

Never Let Me Go and Cloud Atlas are two of Sophie’s favourite books (the ones i have yet to read) and i’m excited to find out why she loves them so much. Also reading Order of the Phoenix will force me to continue with my reread of Harry Potter that i’ve had running for a good two or three years now.

So not only will this little challenge force me to continue with series i should have done a long time ago, but it will also help me to understand my friends a little more and hopefully will introduce me to some of my new favourite books or genres.

I’m really excited for this challenge, and if anyone has any outstanding books that they loved, leave them in the comments before and i will try to check them out at some point this year. Try it for yourselves, find out some of the books that the people closest to you love and give them a whirl.

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6 thoughts on “Reading Favourite Books

  1. Love this idea. Definitely agree that a person’s favourite says a lot about them and can help you know them better and appreciate where they’re coming from.


  2. I love this idea and it’s something I have tried to do myself over recent years, when we were in college I read my best friend’s favourite book and that was so interesting (it was me before you by jojo moyes which is something I never would have picked up on my own). I’ve read a few of the ones on your list, Cloud Atlas was very unique and interesting and Carry on is literally one of my favourite books ever too! I hope you enjoy! 🙂


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