Book Lists.

pandemic reading books on the 7:47 book review

Edits of themes, moods and similarities between books.

A quick way to find your next amazing read. So, what are you in the mood for?

based on real people

The Girls by Emma Cline
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Rapture by Claire McGlasson
See What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


bookish themed books

Bookworm by Lucy Mangan
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

brighton based stories

The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan


celebrity authors (who are great!)

Never Greener by Ruth Jones
A Keeper by Graham Norton
Come Again by Robert Webb


contemporary female characters

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
Olive by Emma Gannon
So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth


deadpan dreams

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata


debut delights

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The House Swap
by Rebecca Fleet
The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap
Himself by Jess Kidd
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid


dystopian & spookily accurate

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


gothic gems

The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Corset by Laura Purcell


feel-good stories

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


historical but so relevant

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry



memoirs with a message

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Becoming by Michelle Obama
How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb
Educated by Tara Westover

motherhood – the ups & downs

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
The Foundling by Stacey Halls
Trying by Emily Phillips
Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims
Little Bandaged Days by Kyra Wilder


murder mystery marvels

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris
The Chalk Man by C J Tudor
Beast by Matt Wesolowski


older characters aged 60+

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
The Weekend by Charlotte Wood


psychological & tense

The Body Lies by Jo Baker
Girl A by Abigail Dean
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


set in ireland

Dubliners by James Joyce
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O’Donoghue
Normal People by Sally Rooney

set in london

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

set in scotland

The Cut by Chris Brookmyre
Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Pine by Francine Toon

thrilling thrillers

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski


time-travel themed

Time in my Pocket by Gina Dewink
Space Hopper by Helen Fisher
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Come Again by Robert Webb


tear-jerkers

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Tin Man by Sarah Winman

twins as lead characters

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Sisters by Daisy Johnson
Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


which witch?

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave