A dozen books I would recommend

Monday, November 05, 2018


I've been meaning to write about my favourite reads for a while. Books are incredibly subjective with every reader looking for something different. Personally I love to be challenged with difficult words and luxurious language. There are a few styles I cannot resist: a thorough immersion in the great outdoors, flowers and a thriller. All three are the ultimate. In light of this here are my highlights which I would give a big thumbs up to:

  1. The Fall by Simon Mawer. This was a brilliant read cover to cover. Great story and each chapter kept my attention. Mountain-full.
  2. The Hours of the Night by Sue Gee. Oh! Gardens and the stark Welsh countryside. It was a book with such an ugly cover yet an unusual story which I found enthralling.
  3. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Total immersion into the countryside in the midst of tragedy. This was a dark read but one I enjoyed. 
  4. Eve Green by Susan Fletcher. A debut novel but one that I fell in love with. 
  5. The Running Hare  by John Lewis-Stemple. I suppose it counts as non-fiction but this read was so good I didn't want it to end. 
  6. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar. The temptation to read on and on and never put the book down was immense. Such an addictive story even though I found the film terrible. I also read Her Fearful Symmetry which didn't enthrall me but did keep me guessing.
  7. Inferno by Dan Brown. The film was a steaming pile of poop but the book was gripping and absolutely terrifying. Stick to the book, it's a thriller.
  8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A historical thriller of sorts. Shook me up and set me on edge.
  9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I laughed from start to finish. Well written and judged. I love a lighthearted book every now and again. At some point I'll read the sequel.
  10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. All of Hosseini's books are utterly heart wrenching and humbling. Do not miss out on a single one. I think I shed more than a tear for each. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a close second favourite.
  11. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. Hello flower based thriller!
  12. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. This kept me reading. Aren't we all raging? This struck a chord with me.
  13. The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams. A curious tale which I enjoyed and a really interesting insight into moths too.
Ok, so I included more than 12. So what!

Have you read any of these and what did you think?
Maybe I'll write another list when I've racked up some more unmissable books. This is my to read pile...
Take care,
Sophie

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2 comments

  1. I like the idea of many of your books. The only one I have read of the books is Thousand Splendid Suns and YOU gave it to me!!

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  2. OK, so The Kite Runner and The Woman Upstairs are going on my list. As we found out at the weekend books are totally subjective, but I can't resist your descriptions of these books x

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