Can I say how impressed I was recently with all the book recommendations you gave me? I think sometimes you sit behind a computer screen with no clue (other than the ball park figures that google analytics can give me) of who you guys are and what you like. Which is why your comments on that book post were so enlightening – I feel like I know you guys so much now! It seems that even with the rise of social media and the fact that we all have our phones glued to our hands, we still have time to read a amazing array of books – which is so so great. Reading keeps me sane!
And so I thought, as a thank you for such amazing recommendations, I would put together a shortlist of the books that were mentioned over and over, in case you’re looking to download and get stuck into something this weekend.
This list is all those books that were mentioned a couple of times by you guys, so I guess they have your unofficial seal of approval. That said, there are over 400 books recommended in the comments, many of which I hadn’t heard of before and can’t wait to tackle. So make sure to head over to the post to see them all. A heartfelt thank you to the lovely people (including students, english teachers and authors) who took the time to let me know their faves. I really appreciate it.
Ones I’ve read (and liked):
- Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandle
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
- All the Light that We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
- The Narrow Road to The Deep Nouth by Richard Flanagan
- The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Power of the Dog (and the sequel The Cartel) by Don Winslow
- The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Ones I plan to read:
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Wild by Cheryl strayed
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Dangerous Girls by Abigail Hass
- The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
- The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Purity by Jonathan Franzen
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- World War Z by Max Brooks
As I side not, I know it’s never easy to recommend books to people (so you’ll need to take this list with a grain of salt). But I’ve enjoyed all the ones you told me to read so far, and can’t wait to read more. I hope this list gives you as much pleasure as your recommendations have given me. And if you read one of these books and didn’t like it, let me know! It’s always good to hear other people’s takes on them.