Hello, Fellow Readers!

By Monica Welsh

When I’m not trying to decipher complex trigonometry equations or draw the structural formula of 2,3dimethylbutan-1,4-diol* (you’ve got to love the ever increasing workload of year 11!) my favourite thing to do is read. As this is my first contribution to FP and you really have no idea who I am, I thought it would be a nice way to introduce myself – after all, you can tell a lot about a person from their books.

Books and reading has been in my blood since I was born. The joy that I get from reading can only be truly described to those who have already discovered it. For those of you who appreciate a good book or two, here are the books that I turn to over and over again.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
I want to be Stargirl in every way. She is the most beautiful, individual, lovable kind of character that you will ever come across and though on the surface it is apparent that she is one of a kind, deep down I think everyone can identify with her.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Unlike Stargirl which is a very old favourite, Alaska and her friends have only recently walked their way onto my bookshelf. A story of the greatest kind of friendship, I could not put this down.

My Name is Mina by David Almond
If you are in need of a story about the beauty of innocence, childhood, learning, the complexities of the world and love, then you must read My name is Mina. Mina is like the perfect mash of the characters Stargirl and Alaska put together.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
This is another book that features the most lovable child, in this case put in the most adult-like situations following the death of one of his twin sisters. Read with a box of tissues by your bed at all times!

Creepy and Maud by Dianne Touchell
I love how different this book is from anything I’ve ever read. Touchell uses the central characters Creepy and Maud and their highly insightful natures to tell the story of one another solely through observations made through their bedroom windows.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I think I love this book for two reasons – the first because it is such a lovable book, the second because it is my Dad’s favourite and one that he promised I could read ‘one day’ from the age of about 6. That ‘one day’ came and what a good day it was!

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Though there is a part of me that yells “You ripped off To Kill a Mockingbird,” the other part of me knows that deep down, this too is a standout book in my life. It explores death, love, relationships, injustice and the general difficulties of growing up.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is so beautifully written and follows the most heart wrenching story of a young girl in Nazi Germany. I guarantee you will bawl your eyes out, but it is so worth it.

Feel free to share your favourite books with me…happy reading!

*Not nearly as difficult as it sounds but still not the most enjoyable activity

Monica @ frangipani princess xoxo

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