Explosive Books For Bonfire Night!

Remember, remember the fifth of November…


Yup- tonight is Bonfire Night in the UK!! And one of the best things about living in a flat is that I’ve been getting a free firework display out my window all week! 😀 Anyhoo, in the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to write a quick post celebrating some explosive books (very quick, since I’m currently burning the candle at both ends with my Nano plans… but more on that another time 😉 ) Here we go…

Jude the Obscure– let’s start of nice and gently… WITH THE MOST DEVASTATING BOOK OF ALL TIME!! (what did you think this was going to be a sparkler- NOPE this is a firecracker straight through the heart- you’re welcome 😉 ) Jude was shocking back in the day, but to my mind I can’t see a future when this will cease to have an impact.


Engleby– who likes a good thriller? Me! And this has a killer of a plot twist and like one of those fountain-thingys is seriously underrated.


Gone Girl– speaking of thrillers, I could hardly fail to include Flynn’s masterpiece, since this book officially has the BIGGEST plot twist EVER! Now I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it there (just know it’s an *epic* book and well worth a read!!)


Game of Thrones– moving onto fantasy, everyone knows by now that Martin is the king of the plot twist- and let’s be honest, no one saw that first main character dying way back in the day…game of thrones book

Young Elites– I was pleasantly surprised by this dark book for loads of reasons- not least because it had the most incendiary, unexpected ending!! It popped up out of nowhere!!

the young elites

Crooked Kingdom– okay do I really need to let you know how much I love this book after raving about it last week?! This book is DYNAMITE from beginning to end (and man, that ending really blew everything up *sobs*)

crooked kingdom

Checkmate– alright, so being more literal now, this book centres round a bomb plot, that may or may not go off… It’s high stakes and tense stuff. And the whole book being will she/won’t she really reminds me of a Catherine Wheel (Also, if you can’t tell I really want to bring this series circling back 😉 )


Illuminae– and speaking of a explosions, that’s just how this starts. And if you think it lets up at any point in the story, you would be WRONG! From beginning to end, this book’s a meteoric ball of excitement! Speaking of which…


The Martian– AHH this book is a rollercoaster of emotions- it makes you feel simultaneously stressed and excited and awestruck! And if rockets are your jam, then this book will send you to Mars!

the martian

Golden Son– I really I could have said any of the books in the Red Rising trilogy, but if you know how this ends, then you know that this second instalment in particular BLOWS ALL THE OTHERS OUT OF THE WATER!!

golden son

Okay, I sincerely apologise to you for any harm done by my godawful puns in this post 😉 Hopefully I’ve not scared you away 😉

While we’re on explosive topics, I wanted to announce on my blog (in case you missed it over on twitter) that the winner of my giveaway was Daley Downing– I’m so excited because she’s an amazing blogger and author!! So please do check her out here!!

And that’s all for today- do you have any *explosive* book recommendations? And do you celebrate Bonfire Night? Let me know in the comments! And have a great rest of the weekend!!

56 thoughts on “Explosive Books For Bonfire Night!

  1. I live in a flat as well, and I agree on new years eve I have the best seat in the house lol. I actually had to look this date up, as I really wanted to know what the date of 5th november really means, and it was really interesting to find that out. Hope you will enjoy the fireworks, and these all look like great picks and are erm…quite explosive 😀

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  2. I’ve been sat in my back garden watching the fireworks over my town since I live at the top of a hill. It’s been fab. I’m just about to go to my local bonfire too. Happy Bonfire Night!


  3. My best friend is doing the Nano as well, Good luck to you 🙂

    ..The only things I ever wrote were horrible fanfictions when I was a teenie^^

    I haven’t read ‘Gone Girl’ yet but like the author’s writing. Maybe I’ll check it out. And then watch the movie as well.

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    1. Ah cool- I’m setting myself an easier target, so I’m endlessly impressed with the people doing it properly 😉 – thank you!


      I really loved it!! 😀 Definitely read the book first though- I made the mistake of watching the film (cos I didn’t know it was a book at that point) and the only thing that let me down about it was I already knew the twist.

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  4. Absolutely brilliant post! Love the figurative and literal theme of things going BOOM!! 😛 Just added Jude the Obscure to my TBR thanks to this list. I would’ve probably added a bunch of Chuck Palahniuk’s books on here, like Invisible Monsters or Fight Club, for the insane plot twists they hide! Again, great list, girl! 😀

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! hahahaha glad you liked that 😉 Oh my goodness that’s exciting- it’s one of my all time favourites (but you can be forgiven if you don’t like it, it’s *really* dark and loads of people I know hate it 😉 ) Oh yes- I’ve seen the movie for Fight Club and the books been sitting on my tbr for ages- definitely gonna have to check both of those out. Thank you! 😀

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  5. Ooh great list. Totally agree that the second Red Rising is the most wow. Very unusual to say that about the middle book in a trilogy.

    I really need to read Gone Girl. I feel like I’m the only person on earth who hasn’t but it’s just sooo hyped it puts me off.

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  6. Yay for bonfire night! I was in Bath a few years ago on Bonfire night and it was a BLAST. I wish I had been in a larger city, but c’est la vie!

    I’m surprised at how many of these books I’ve read! I completely agree with you about Illuminae, Crooked Kingdom, The Martian and Golden Son. I would also add The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I love predicting how books will end, and well, I didn’t see that one coming.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you liked it!! I used to actually prefer it in Edinburgh (which is a smaller city than where I am now) the atmosphere is actually better.

      Yay glad you!! And I love unpredictable books- that one sounds really good 😀 Thanks for the recommendation 😀

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      1. I haven’t spent much time in the UK, but I did completely fall in love with Edinburgh when I visited. It’s a lovely city, so I can imagine how the atmosphere might have been perfect. 😀

        I realize now that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is an Agatha Christie book– therefore, you will probably never read it. But it’s my favorite. 😉

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        1. Oh brilliant!! 😀 Yeah it really was 🙂

          hehe well I might one day- I’m a massive mood reader, so I just need to get more of a taste for mystery- which will probably happen one day, since there’s loads of other genres I’ve ended up getting into 😉

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      1. Great!! Honestly Nano scares me… I don’t think I’ll really ever do it. But I haven’t written in years, so maybe starting directly with Nano would be too much anyways! I’m sure you’ll do well, whether you meet the target or not 🙂

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  7. Happy Bonfire Night. 😀 I am aware I’m a day late now, but I can still hear fireworks outside my own window so it still counts in my mind! 😀
    I love your post. I haven’t read all these books but the ones I have definitely definitely were some explosive reads for me, for so many reasons. I’m actually currently reading The Young Elites series (I’m quarter of the way through The Midnight Star now) and wow, just wow. I can’t wait to get to the ending. Also Golden Son was intense. I did not see that ending coming and I remember being so shocked by it and so desperate for Morning Star (which I still haven’t read for some reason).
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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  8. Great choices!! I particularly agree with Golden Son, Crooked Kingdom and the Martian – all of them blew me away too! 😉 And you’ve reminded me I really must read The Young Elites, this is not the first time you’ve said positive things about it so I am very curious.

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