Book Club

BOOKS ON MY LIST TO READ (as recommended by my wonderful friends)

The Humans - Matt Haig

The Girl with all the Gifts - M.R Carey

A Hands Maids Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

Love, Nina - Nina Stibbe

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

Harry Potter - J.K Rowling - would you believe it, I have never read Harry Potter!!



BOOKS I RECOMMEND

Wonder - R J Palacio - this is a really heart warming story about a boy with a facial abnormality and how he sees himself as 'ordinary' but others don't.  I read it in 3 hours so it's a nice easy read, a bit of a tear jerker too if you're a bit sensitive like me!

I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes - this is incredible.  It's really long but definitely worth it, a brilliant thriller following the chase of a terrorist across the globe with plenty of twists.

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman - I am not a massive fantasy fan (though with some of the books I am recommending you may beg to differ!) but this is really good.  Beautifully written, I was playing it out like a movie in my head and I couldn't put it down, not because I had to find out what was happening next, I just really enjoyed the story.

Wild - A Journey From Lost To Found - Cheryl Strayed - I downloaded this because it's just been made into a movie, and I wanted to read it before I saw the movie.  A girl's self made pilgrimage to sort her life out - pretty inspiring stuff and now I wanna go hike the PCT trail. (Actually I want to do the Appalachian Trail after reading Bill Bryson's book about it, but they're probably all similar?!)

The Silent Twins - MarjorieWallace - a true story, an absolutely fascinating book about June & Jennifer Gibbons, twins born in the 60s in Wales after their parents emigrated from the Caribbean.  They were born 'normal' but for reasons unknown completely withdrew inside themselves and would only communicate with each other in a pidgin English only they could understand.  They end up in Broadmoor and the story charts their life from birth to death.

Matched Trilogy - Ally Condie - I think I will describe this as a better Divergent, but a less good Hunger Games.  All about dystopian futures where "society" dictates everything from what you wear to what job you have to who you marry and how many children you will have.  Since reading this, I saw a trailer for the film "The Giver" which I thought was a rip off of the Matched trilogy and I got all angry as Matched features a heroine whereas the movie was a boy, however further research showed me that actually The Giver is a book written before Matched, and Matched seems ot be a rip off of that...though I haven't read The Giver so maybe that's unfair.  Either way, I enjoyed the Matched book enough to download the other 2 in the trilogy whereas on Divergent I gave up on the last book.

The Ocean At The End Of Lane - Neil Gaiman - a children's book for adults, it's great.

And The Mountains Echoed - Khalid Hosseini - another corker from Khaled Hosseini, also try The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, three of my favourite books.

The Best A Man Can Get - John O'Farrell - really enjoyed this, laugh out loud funny. Also try May Contain Nuts and This Is Your Life

Blood River - Tim Butcher - loved this, one man's journey through the Congo following the footsteps of HM Stanley.

Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind - again I don't think I like fantasy but this book proves otherwise.  It's a set of 12 (though admittedly I gave up on the 5th book) and the first 4 had me riveted.

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - AMAZING!!!! read it now.


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