Bedtime Reading

I love a good book all year round but when it gets to the lovely autumn/winter time we're venturing into now, my love and passion for reading just increases and I love nothing more than curling up in front of the fire and reading for hours on end. As a self confessed book addict, I've journeyed into the minds of so many of the best loved Young Adult authors, with the likes of Sarah Dessen, John Green and Nicholas Sparks being my favourites, and I thought I'd share with you a few of the books you're most likely to see me with over the next few months:

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
I first read this book about a year ago when I came across it in my school library and I was instantly hooked. The next day I actually back getting the next book in the 3 book series, after completing this beauty in just one evening. The series follows Lauren, young girl who was kidnapped when she was a toddler and adopted by and couple in London who had no idea about what had happened to her. This first book is set when Lauren is 14 and is first starting to ask questions about her past, and you see her travel halfway across the world to the USA to track down her birth family. Without giving too much away, most of the plot revolves around the reappearance of the people who kidnapped Lauren all those years ago. The other two books in the series are set 2 and then 8 years after the original story took place. This series got mixed reviews but I have absolutely fallen in love with it and I'd really recommend it, especially people who (like me) wouldn't normally go for the adventure style books. My favourite book in the series is the second - Sister Missing, as I think it has the juiciest plot but I'd really recommend starting with this book first. I'd recommend this book for young girls between the ages of 13 (if you have a high reading level) and about 17.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I thought I was a bit late to jump on the bandwagon with this book as I first picked it up at the start of the year but when I was doing a bit of research into the book especially for this blog post I found out it only came out last year! This book is the #1 New York Times Bestseller and after reading it, I can fully understand why! It follows Hazel, a 16 year old girl with Stage IV Thyroid Cancer who has been on an oxygen tank since she was first diagnosed and is currently taking an experimental (and fictional) treatment to help buy her some time. At one of her cancer support meetings she meets Augustus Waters, one of the most charismatic fictional characters I've ever seen, who is in remission but lost a leg during his struggle with cancer. The story follows their heart-warming friendship as they support each other through their battles. I don't want to spoil the ending for you (although i'm sure you'll have guessed what happens) but I do strongly believe the author wrote the best ending he possibly could have. Whilst reading this book i went through every single emotion you can possibly go through with a book and at the end i felt like the book had torn out my heart and cut it into a million pieces. It's such a touching story and by the end of it you could hardly read the book again i'd cried on it so much. One of the best thing about this book is so many people would enjoy it! I think both female and male readers over the age of about 14 would love this novel.
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
I pre-ordered this book before it came out after hearing about it through the McFly boys, as the author Giovanna is married to Tom, one of their members, and it is one of my favourite books I've read this year. It's got so much charm to it and it's one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever heard. The book follows Sophie, a young girl living a perfectly normal life in the country, who falls for Billy, a super famous actor who wants to make it to the top. The story shows the ups and downs of their relationship, and explores how Sophie copes being thrown into the limelight. I honestly couldn't put this book down from the minute I read the first page. The main character Sophie is so relatable and the way the author wrote the book really makes you feel almost a part of their world.  Billy and Me has to be the best debut novel I've ever read and i'd recommend it to any girl who loves a good old romance. I wouldn't call Billy and Me a YA novel in the slightest, I personally think that this is an amazing novel that can be enjoyed by all women 14+.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This was an amazing charity shop find the day before I flew out to Turkey in the summer and I'm so happy I found it! I love Sarah Dessen as an author, I think the way she creates the most relatable characters and puts them in fairly realistic plots is incredible, and this book was no exception. It follows Macy, a young girl silently struggling with her dad's death and facing a summer apart from her boyfriend. She meets a new group of people and becomes really close to them, with a guy named Wes becoming extra special to her. In this book you see Macy let go and start to enjoy herself rather than trying to be perfect all of the time and I think that's something most young girls can relate to. I rarely put this book down while I was on holiday and I was so sad when it came to an end! I even read it again on the plane home! This is the perfect teen romance novel and in my opinion, it's best for girls between the ages of about 14 and 20.
Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt
I picked up this book when I popped into Waterstones with my friend in the summer. I say popped but really I think we must have spent almost an hour in there debating which books to get as part of their 'Buy One get One Half Price' offer! I ended up buying this book as one of my two for the offer and I love it! It follows Jenna, who's trying to rebuild her life after a car crash that leaves two young girls (including her best friend) dead and her face badly scared from terrible burns. She meets Ryan, a good looking traveller who looks past Jenna's scars and they form a fantastic friendship. The novel really explores peoples views on beauty and how we treat people differently based on the way they look and I can't applaud the author more for that. It also explores a few other issues such as a teenagers first real relationship. This has become one of my favourite books and no matter how many times I read it, I never get bored of the characters or the plot - one sign of an incredible author. Skin Deep is supposed to be a book for teenagers but I'd say that it would be a good read for anyone over the age of about 13, not just teens.
What are your favourite books right now? And can you recommend any you think I'd enjoy?
Lots of Love
Chloe xx


  1. Ooooo, I enjoyed this a lot! Billy and Me, The Fault in Our Stars and The Truth About Forever are three of my favourites!

  2. I love Sarah Dessen! These are great books :) I wish I had more time to read for fun!! My nighttime reading usually is an assigned play or novel - sometimes good but not always my cup of tea.


  3. I dont really read that many books so i'm going to make it a goal this winter! cute post x

    -Demi x x x