holiday reads

I absolutely love reading, but never seem to find the time. However, whilst on holiday, I managed to get my head stuck in two great books!

1. Before I Die - Jenny Downham

I work in a WHSmith's, and as I was stocking the books a few weeks ago, I stopped to read the blurb on this one. It was the first I read on holiday and was absolutely amazing. The fact it made me cry my eyes out just highlights how good it was. If a book has the power to make you cry, it must be amazing.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa is going to die. And she's made a list of ten things she wants to do in the time she has left. But getting what you want isn't easy. And getting what you want doesn't always give you want you need. And sometimes the most unexpected things become important.

After reading the book, it really made me appreciate my own life and how I really shouldn't moan and complain as much. Very powerful and highly recommended!

2. Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman

A friend recommended this to me a while ago, and after seeing and hearing about it, I ordered it online. When it first arrived I read the blurb and thought 'eh?'...

Callum is a nought - a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. In their worlds, noughts and crosses simply don't mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try. And then the bomb explodes...

Okay, so a love story about how two people can't be together but try anyway, right? Well, I read the first few pages and put the book down. Judgement of me I know, but it starts by giving you some background about the 'noughts' and 'crosses' and the family behind it.

I took it on holiday with me as a 'back up' incase I finished Before I Die, and after the first chapter, I was completely hooked. It is now one of my favourites, the story is always jumping and making you want to read and read and read, a quality I love about books. The author has used her past experiences to highlight the issues of prejudice and injustice, through the characters you can see how they are treated differently.

This is the first book that Malorie Blackman has written in this series. But I'm not sure if I want to read the next ones as they most likely won't be as good. If you've read them, shall I go on to read 'Knife's Edge' or not? If you read this, you'll know what I mean...

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