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7 Books to Read Over a Long Weekend

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by Lauren Nolan (subscribe)
Published March 28th 2013
Food for your brain
Long weekends are great. It's a good time to see family and friends, eat good food and most importantly the perfect time to sit around and read. Here is a list of novels I adore and think you should read (or at least start) over the long weekend. Don't worry, there's something for everyone.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
First came the vampire craze and then came the zombies. Zombie popularity hit new heights in 2012 and seems to still be on the up slope. With zombie killing games, zombie tv shows, zombie inspired apparel, zombie makeup tutorials on YouTube and even zombie pranks around the world. Although the general consensus is to kill the zombies (remember to aim for the head) it was refreshing to find a novel that was told from the Zombie's point of view.

Warm Bodies tells the tale of R, a rather likeable zombie living in an abandoned airport. It's darkly funny and intelligently written. I likened it to a a post-apocalyptic gothic love story but not in a cheesy Mills and Boon way. This is a great book for guys and gals and it's only a short novel too.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ah, Fitzgerald definitely owns part of my heart. The Great Gatsby is one of the classics everyone should read and not just because the film is coming out. Personally, I don't know if I want to watch the film because I'm afraid to taint the masterpiece that Scott Fitzgerald so carefully fed to my mind.

The clever thing about the topics Fitzgerald often address is that they are timeless issues, they could be set in any era and still be relevant which is why I think he holds such a strong voice in the literary world. The Great Gatsby is a short read but one you can mull over and rediscover more and more each time you read it.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This is my favourite book of all time. I know that is a big call considering it is only 12 years old however this is one book that I could happily live inside of forever. Translated from Spanish and set in Barcelona, Shadow of the Wind is the tale of Daniel Sempere who works with his father in the family book shop. After a journey to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he takes you on a spirally journey of suspense, mystery, love, loss and a little horror.

This exquisite novel exudes beautiful words that seem like liquid gold. I feel this books speak to my heart. It's one of those books I tell everyone they have to read.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This is another book I buy for people and recommend till the cows come home and I have never heard someone tell me they didn't like it. It's a dark, twisted more than once you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat.

The story follows Richard Papen, a new student at the Hampden College in New England who gets instantly captivated by a small group of students who have more secrets than he initially knows. Richard is quickly absorbed into the group and so the tragedy in the wood begins to unfold. If you like an intellectual thriller, then you won't be able to put down The Secret History.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky
Even though this is considered a young adult novel, it's still a great read for any adult. Written from the point of view of a socially awkward teenager in the form of letters, this novel will make you laugh and make your eyes well up a little.

Perks reminds you of what it's like to be young, especially in the nineties when it's set. It's a quick read but one you'll enjoy for longer than it took you to read it. I saw the movie which was great also but I always recommend reading the book first.

A Life Of Frocks by Kelly Doust
This one's for the ladies, or men who are highly interested in fashion. Kelly Doust's A Life Of Frocks is my favourite book on fashion, Generally I wouldn't think fashion and reading go together but in this case they go together like vegemite and butter.

In a beautifully written memoir, we discover Kelly's inspiring relationship with what she wears. This book makes you want hang onto the vintage dress or splurge on that jacket you've been wanting. It's a truly wonderful book.

Just Kids by Patti Smith
Sticking with the theme of non-fiction, I can't seem to go past Just Kids. It's the story of Patti Smith and her partner in crime, Robert Mapplethorpe. Now, whenever I read a good book I throw myself into it wholeheartedly and this book made me want to be an artist in the 1960's. Even with the not so great moment, Patti Smith makes it feel like the golden age (which for me has always been the 1920's).

Through there struggles and their unconditional love Patti and Robert know what it really means to live. If you like unputdownable non-fiction then this is a must, must, must read!

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