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5 best reads of my life

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I have read books from several genres and really enjoy anything with mystery and romance, whether crime, historical or fantasy based. The book list attached consists of books I read from being aged 9 all the way to present reads, some had a big impact and others were just such page turners I couldn't leave them off! 

'Are you there god, it's me Margaret' was an early read which me and friends read together as an early book club type activity all comparing our own experiences.

Harry Potter and the philosophers stone was the first book I really got in to and started my love of reading, being about 9 when it was released I really connected to the characters and like the rest of my generation grew up waiting for the next instalment.

One of the first 'Adult' novels I read was lady of hay by Barbara Erskine, the time slip and mystery in the doorstop sized novel has kept me reading her other novels for the past 10 years each one with lots of mystery and romance.

The forgotten garden was a brilliant read on a summer holiday - great mystery linking several generations of a family.

Sepulchre by Kate Moses is another historical mystery that really engrosses you and despite the length I'd managed to read it within the first 2 days of my holiday! 



Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends - and she's convinced she's not normal. For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer . . . This edition of bestselling author Judy Blume's classic teen novel, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret features a fresh, contemporary cover look.

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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the "Harry Potter" series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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Lady of Hay

A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge. In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past-lives in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that eight hundred years on, Matilda's story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself... Barbara Erskine's iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication.

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The Forgotten Garden

1913 On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace. 1975 Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which had been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell's journey after all these years? 2005 On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Cassandra will uncover the truth about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.

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Sepulchre

A gripping tale of mystery and adventure from the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH 1891. Seventeen-year-old Leonie Vernier and her brother abandon Paris for the sanctuary of their aunt's isolated country house near Carcassonne, the Domaine de la Cade. But Leonie stumbles across a ruined sepulchre - and a timeless mystery whose traces are written in blood. 2007. Meredith Martin arrives at the Domaine de la Cade to research a biography. But Meredith is also seeking the key to her own complex legacy and becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, a unique deck of tarot cards and the strange events of one cataclysmic night a century ago...

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