Before I even began applying for University, I knew I wanted to spend a year studying somewhere in a foreign country. At the beginning of this year, I applied for a year abroad, and I recently found out that I get to spend a year in Alabama. Let’s just say that, saying I’m excited is a gross understatement…
So in honour of this news, I thought I’d post a collection of books that I’ve A) Read and B) want to read before I start in August 😀
1.To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee
Definitely the most famous on my list, I studied this in English in year 9. Certainly on the list of books everyone should read before they die.
2.Alabama Summer Series -J. Daniels
All the books in the series are good, but I particularly love the first one, ‘Where I Belong’ because Ben and Mia are all kinds of adorable.
3.Looking for Alaska -John Green
Everyone must read some John Green. It soothes the soul… and then rips it apart. 🙂
4. The Splendour Falls -Rosemary Clement-Moore
I read this when I was around thirteen and remember loving it. Little did thirteen-year-old Ellie know, that seven years later, she’d get to spend a year of her life living there.
5. Forrest Gump -Winston Groom
Yes, the movie is literally magical, but the book is certainly worth the read as well.
6. Sweet Home series -Tillie Cole
Set in the University of Alabama, these books focus on an English girl who moves to Alabama to study and has a (mostly) fantastic time. Surely you can see the appeal?
7. Sea Breeze series -Abi Glines
If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you can’t be surprised that Abi Glines made it on this one as well. All 9 books (plus the one that crosses over with her other series,’Rosemary beach’) are set in Alabama and they’re awesome.
And here are some I haven’t read but are on my (ever expanding) to-read list:
1.Alabama Moon -Watt Key
2. Stars fell on Alabama -Carl Carmer
3. The Field Party series -Abbi Glines
(Just to reiterate, Abi Glines appears in pretty much all my posts…)
4.Smash into you -Shelly Crane
5. A Southern Zombie town -James J Layton
6. Southern Creek, Alabama -Jennifer Youngblood
All I’m going to say is, although I’ll definitely read these; realistically, from what I’ve heard, all I should really be reading up on is American Football.
Have a look at my post, My Favourite Ships to see my favourite relationships that appear in a few of these books.