Monday, 23 March 2015

Stay gold, Ponyboy..

Now that the sun is coming out - I am so keen to sit in the warm rays and read a real book. I have hundreds of books on my iPad, but there is nothing better than a real book with real pages in the sun.

When it comes to books, I have always had my favourites.. And my favourite books are still the favourites I had when I was 15 - and they are written by an amazing woman.

S. E. Hinton

This incredible woman wrote the first book that I couldn't put down - I read it twice in a row. She penned this book as a teenager and deserves masses of respect.

When I was in year 10 (around 14-15 years old), I was handed a book that I was told I would have to write an assignment on. I took one look at the book and already dreaded it. I was way too cool to read! Who did my English teacher think she was?! That book was called "The Outsiders".

My copy of  The Outsiders <3

I threw it in my bag and forgot about it. That night, I was laying in bed (it was already late, passed midnight, I suppose) when I remembered the book. I walked to the other side of my room to retrieve the book from my bag - I only wanted to read the back..

The first line.. I was hooked.. I'll never forget it!

"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight..."

I read the whole thing. I have no idea how long it took me to read - but all I do know is that I didn't get much sleep that night! I took the book everywhere with me - I read it at school, I read it when I got home, I read it when I went out to have a sneaky cigarette (remember, I said I was a cool kid?!). I LOVE this book!

When I finished the book, I would start it again. Even though that was 10 years ago - I still feel the same. I love it!

The stars of the book (who I feel I know better than anyone!) have the most amazing names.. Ponyboy, Sodapop - LOVE it!

Now, I am deliberately being vague about the book. I want you all to go and read it now because my description would not do it justice. Let's just say that after this book, I searched everywhere for a dreamy Greaser and I hated the Soc's!!

There is a film too - with one of the most dreamy casts known to man! But make sure you read the book first.


There isn't a single book that S.E Hinton has written that I haven't fallen in love with - I could happily never read anything else :)

So thank you - you are incredible.



What is your favourite book? And why?

12 comments:

  1. Its been so long since I read a novel, I seem to spend all of my time reading the Very Cranky Bear and How to Train Your Dragon to my five year old ;) Its so wonderful when you find an author you really love. Its a great feeling knowing you can pick up any book they have written and its love at first page.

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    1. Ha! That is so sweet :) I would love to read How to Train Your Dragon!

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  2. I've read this book multiple times, and I used to own the DVD (They sure got a lot of young guys who went on to be big movie stars!). It's a really good story.

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  3. I have read this book a few times!! This is one of few, but I remember it all. Even Cherry :) The movie was definitely star studded too. Lots of big names. We had to read this in high-school, not sure if it is still part of the curriculum anymore...

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    1. Cherry! What a great character! It should be compulsory I think ;) !

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  4. I love this book, and used to make my 9th grade students read it when I was a teacher. Maybe it's because I liked the book, or maybe it's because I like showing the movie so I could watch it. :)

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    1. That is the perfect age for this book :) the movie too - phwor!

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  5. I've needed a good read for nursing time!!

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  6. This is a classic! Love it! The book I can read over and over again is The Little Price, it's also a must when you are trying to understand other languages :-)

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    1. The Little Price - one I would love to read!

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