At World of Books, we believe that a good story is the best gift of all. We also know that children are sometimes hard to settle down, especially in the festive season. Whether you have little ones who want their stories read aloud or teens who need personal space to read, a good book works wonders. This year we made a list (and checked it twice) of our top five kids’ Christmas books.
Read our lists from the personal to the popular and sometimes even controversial. Join the discussion of Top Fives across the different literary subjects. Debate our collated Top Fives and add your own lists in the comments. Whether you strongly agree, disagree, or are simply indifferent to our choices, share your opinions and let us know!
The rise of true crime as a genre has taken the world by storm. From Netflix true crime series like The Confession Tapes and the upcoming The Confession Killer, and BBC dramas based on historical crime like Peaky Blinders, not to mention the hundreds of different true crime podcasts out there, we must not forget that all good stories are written down first. We’ve selected our top five true crime books. Take the stand and examine our list, then tell us your own verdict.
Trigger Warning: References to severe violence and sexual abuse
From things that go bump in the night to demons hiding in plain sight, this time of year is the spookiest of all. You may be gathering your jack-o-lanterns or turning down all the lights to avoid the knocks of little ghouls. However you choose to spend Halloween, everyone has a favourite monster tale. From classic Victorian spooks to 21st-century creeps, we’ve rounded up our Top Five Monster Tales. Are you feeling brave?
Cooking is a necessity, a hobby, a career, a sometimes-chore. Whatever cooking means for you, there’s always enough time for a new recipe. This month we have selected our Top Five Creative Cookbooks to tantalise your tastebuds. From stewing to baking and even cocktail making, be inspired by our creative cookbooks and share some of your own favourites with us.
Literature plays a significant role in raising awareness of social issues that affect our lives and the lives of people around us. The representation of LGBT+ characters is extremely significant in all kinds of media. Non-heterosexual characters have been written about for as long as humans have written stories, however, there are some books which affirm equality in love in such powerful ways that we want to shine a light on them. In this vein, we have chosen our top fives novels with LGBT+ main characters and themes.
Some of the most memorable teenage literary characters are not heroic or inspiring. Coming of age stories often portray the worst sides of adolescence in curious ways. Whether it’s the old familiar and mostly harmless angst-fest or a sadistic moralless teenage rampage, we’ve listed our top five troubled teens in modern and contemporary fiction.