Favourite books (as an adult) | World Book Day

Today (March 7th) is World Book Day, a day dedicated to encouraging reading among young people, but also a day celebrating authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

To celebrate I am sharing my favourite books (as an adult) with you, having already covered my favourite childhood books (which you can read here).

I found this tag on GaΓ«lle’s blog Le Book Corner, make sure you check out her answers here. 😊

Favourite books (as an adult)

πŸ“š Favorite stand-alone?

The first book that came to mind was The Host by Stephanie Meyer. But there are so many that I could choose including ‘Cell’ by Stephen King and ‘The Bone Collector’ by Jeffery Deaver.

πŸ“š Favorite series?

Either The Hunger Games or The Lord of the Rings.

πŸ“š Favorite author?

Stephen King or Kathy Reichs

πŸ“š Favorite book of the year, so far?

Shamefully I haven’t finished a book yet this year(!), but I’m currently ‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King.

πŸ“š A favorite book you didn’t see coming ?

Honestly, The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and felt the writing style was overly better than the Twilight series.

πŸ“š A book you think everyone should read?

The Lord of the Rings series along with The Hobbit.

πŸ“š Favorite book as a child?

I covered this in an earlier post so I won’t go into too much detail. My favourites are Matilda, The BFG, The Hobbit, Winnie the Pooh and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

πŸ“š Favorite book in a genre you don’t typically enjoy?

To be honest the only book series I’ve read in a genre I don’t typically enjoy was 50 Shades of Grey. But I wouldn’t say that was a ‘favourite’. The books I tend to read are from the fantasy, horror or crime genres.

πŸ“š Favorite book that isn’t that well known?

Awakening (Tesla Adventures) by Tasha Brown. My mum lent me this book to read and I couldn’t put it down! It’s a fictional story about Nikola Tesla. I’ll be posting a review on it in the future. 😊

Do you celebrate World Book Day? What are some of your favourite books? Let me know in the comments. 😊


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  • Helen C

    April 15, 2019 at 09:36

    Lovely post Kim, I was intrigued to hear your favourite books so thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading the Twilight series so might give The Host a shot. I actually still read children’s books, and Roald Dahl is a cracking author. I love picking up less well known authors too, it’s like venturing into the unknown. Hope you’re having a good week, and happy reading! πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Kim

      April 15, 2019 at 17:55

      Hey Helen. Thanks for your comment! 😊 If you liked the Twilight series then I’d definitely recommend the Host. I was so captivated by the story that I couldn’t put it down. Roald Dahl will always be one of my favourites. x

  • Ruth

    March 13, 2019 at 16:24

    I haven’t read most of these but I do love Matilda! Pretty sure I wanted to be her when I was a kid and still pretty much do now! πŸ˜‰

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:17

      I wanted to be Matilda when I was a kid too! So much so that I checked out ‘Moby Dick’ from the public library, much to the librarians surprise and finished it. It’s such a lovely children’s book and a great movie too. Thanks for your comment Ruth. x

  • Samantha

    March 11, 2019 at 17:51

    I remember reading The Host as a teenager and thinking it was really wicked. I love Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter and anything majorly into fantasy and/or romance. πŸ™‚

    S .x https://samsramblings91.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-rustic-brush.html

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:42

      I’m the same. Fantasy is one of my favourite book genres – LOTR, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, anything like that really. Thanks for your comment Samantha.

  • Sunkissed Scribbles

    March 11, 2019 at 17:45

    I loved Matilda and The BFG as a child. I loved all Roald Dahl’s books when I was growing up and still read them today! Great post πŸ˜€

    1. Kim

      March 11, 2019 at 17:50

      Thank you! The Roald Dahl books are definitely great reads. I also love the movie adaptations.

  • Nathalie

    March 11, 2019 at 17:37

    I didn’t know that World Book Day existed but I’m glad it does!
    Your question about the book you didn’t see coming made me think about “First blood”, by David Morrell. I had bought it just because it was edited by my favorite publishing house, and then I realized that it was actually the story of Rambo. I had never seen the movie and didn’t feel like it, and I really doubted that I would enjoy the book.
    But it has been a very pleasant surprise. The writing is beautiful, the characters so truthful, and the story is way more deep than I thought. It became one of my favorite reads!

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:40

      I had no idea ‘First Blood started as a book! I’ll have to check and see if my local library has it, as I really enjoyed the Rambo movies. Thanks for your comment Nathalie.

  • Marta

    March 11, 2019 at 17:32

    The last one, Awakening (Tesla Adventures) by Tasha Brown is such a great book. I come from a country where Tesla was born so that made is even more intresting. Great post

    1. Kim

      March 11, 2019 at 17:39

      I’m happy to hear you’ve read it and enjoyed it. There’s another book in the series out and my mum tells me another is on its way. x

  • Esmoogle

    March 11, 2019 at 17:23

    Aw how lovely to get to go back through your favourite books! Matilda was a big one for me as a kid, I was obsessed with the movie too!

    1. Kim

      March 11, 2019 at 17:26

      Thank you. 😊 Yes, Matilda is such a good book and I loved the movie too. x

  • Sophie

    March 10, 2019 at 23:28

    I’ve been after some new reads so this is handy! We’ve been watching the Hobbits/ LOTRs so I’d like to read them too!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:37

      I love the movies as much as the books. Although The Hobbit movie has some parts added to it. Thanks for your comment Sophie. x

  • Kelly Diane

    March 10, 2019 at 22:34

    Great post Kim. I loved the BFG as a child too but now I tend to read more romance and saga genre books, although I’m currently reading the third Sarah Knight book and I have to say I enjoying it.

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:36

      I haven’t heard of Sarah Knight but thanks for the recommendation. I’ll have a look into her. The BFG really is a great children’s book. Thanks for your comment Kelly. x

  • Chloe

    March 8, 2019 at 21:13

    I got my first Stephen King book for Christmas and I can’t believe I’ve not read any before.

    Misery is next on the list

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:34

      Thanks for your comment Chloe. Which Stephen King book did you get? πŸ™‚ Misery is a great read.

  • Lauren

    March 8, 2019 at 13:35

    I haven’t seen a post like this before regarding world book day, these book sounds good. I have never read 50 shades, would you recommend?
    Thank you for sharing! Xx

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:32

      Thanks Lauren. πŸ™‚ I’ve read the first three books in the 50 Shades series, they were decent reads although some of the storyline was tedious. The BDSM parts were somewhat laughable as were the descriptions used for the acts and genitals! I liked the overall storyline though – abused child grows up into a tortured adult and tries to win the heart of a woman playing hard to get. The books were better than the films.

  • Lisa McLachlan

    March 8, 2019 at 10:25

    Yessssssssssssssss to LOTR. I first read it when I was away in Germany for 3 months and couldn’t understand what was going on the lessons, haha. Fabulous book, and so resonant when you consider the time in which it was written. The Hobbit didn’t do it as much for me, and I haven’t read the Silmarillion – have you? And I also loved THe Hunger Games series, which I’m keeping for Flora when she’s a little older. You have excellent taste, Kim! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:24

      Thank you Lisa. πŸ™‚ Great to meet a fellow LOTR fan. I actually read The Hobbit first in primary school (and kept getting told off for reading ahead!), so it was my first experience of Middle Earth. LOTR are much better stories though. i havent read The Silmarillion but it is on my TBR. That’s great that your keeping The Hunger Games for Flora to read, I’m sure she’ll love them.

  • Lindsey

    March 7, 2019 at 20:16

    Great answers! I’m feeling the urge to dig out my copy of Lord of the Rings now!

    1. Kim

      March 17, 2019 at 22:14

      Thanks Lindsey! I haven’t read them in so long and could do with a re-read myself.

  • Philippa Claire

    March 7, 2019 at 17:43

    I loved the Hunger Games too! I don’t know what happened to my books though, so I can’t re-read them without having to re-buy them! I haven’t watched the final films though as I found the book so emotional I didn’t want to see the scenes!

    Unfortunately I’m not a fan personally of LOTR, but I can appreciate the books must be pretty interesting.

    1. Kim

      March 7, 2019 at 18:18

      I actually saw the first movie before reading the books(!), but I loved it so much I binge read the series in a week. πŸ˜… The last book is particularly emotional – Finnick. 😒😭

  • Jenny in Neverland

    March 7, 2019 at 17:33

    I love The Lord of the Rings films and storyline but shamefully haven’t read the books! I’m not very good with long, wordy books so I’m not sure I’d fully appreciate them how they should be. I also haven’t read a Stephen King book – I tried IT but I got so bored because I got 200 pages in and nothing had happened. I do really want to read one of his books though so if you have any suggestions of anything shorter and more easy going by him, that’d be great! (Although I still love horror, gore and anything weird!)


    1. Kim

      March 7, 2019 at 18:00

      I know what you mean and The Lord of Rings books in particular are very in depth. But the descriptions of Middle Earth are wonderful; I love the movies too. As for Stephen King he has written some short story collections such as Four Past Midnight (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Past_Midnight) which includes Secret Window, Secret Garden – a great story, which was made into a movie starring Johnny Depp. Otherwise Cell and 11/22/63 are good too and fairly short. Thanks for your comment Jenny. πŸ™‚

  • Victoria

    March 7, 2019 at 17:33

    I don’t particularly have World Book Day Plans, but I am doing a read-a-thon this weekend which should be fun. I’ll be re-reading The Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, two amazing V.E. Schwab books, since I’m going to a signing on Monday ☺️

    1. Kim

      March 7, 2019 at 18:15

      I haven’t heard of those so thanks, I’m always looking for new book recommendations. Author signings are great, I attend YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London each July.

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