Welcome to the Hall of Fame! A book has to be pretty bloody amazing to make it onto this page – so you know they’re all excellent reads. If you’re looking for a new book recommendation, go with one of these!
In no particular order… meet my favourite books.
Short, sharp, hard hitting and playing with your perception, Peach by Emma Glass is a unique, little (98 pages) story that uses every word with purpose to give us a visceral experience of – trigger warning here – a young woman trying to wrestle with her feelings post-rape. Opening sentence:…Keep reading
Sometimes it seems fortuitous that you pick up a book (The Midnight Library in this case) at the exact moment it can really help you. A few weeks ago I was having a bad Corona day (you know the ones, where you feel like the black fog of this nightmare…Keep reading
I am not being hyperbolic when I say that I adored every single page of this book. The Corset contained all the elements I personally love in a story; intrigue around the lead characters, a murder mystery, unexpected emotional twists and an ending that leaves you closing the book wishing…Keep reading
Let me start by saying This is Going to Hurt is hands-down one of the best memoirs I’ve read. Adam Kay honestly and succinctly lays bare the harsh realities of being a junior doctor in the NHS: ‘the hours are terrible, the pay is terrible, the conditions are terrible; you’re…Keep reading
Opening sentence: “Bee Larkham’s murder was ice blue crystals with glittery edges and jagged, silver icicles.” If you love a unique protagonist, then you need to give this book a read ASAP. Thirteen-year-old Jasper Wishart has autism, synesthesia (a condition where for every word, sound, object or person, he…Keep reading
Opening sentence: “As pale as a grub she’s an eyeful.” It’s been a while since I’ve read several books by an author and truly felt their natural, distinctive tone of voice shine through loud and clear in all of them, even when all the books have a very different…Keep reading
Wow – what a read! Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is one of those amazing books that explores so many ideas within a cohesive, engrossing narrative and manages to perfectly balance it all: working as both a heart-wrenching story and thought-provoking, wonderfully written piece that packs an emotional punch.…Keep reading
Opening sentence: “The King stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored.” I’m just going to start this review by saying: You need to read this book. It’s the first novel in a while that’s had such a visceral effect on me. It’s brilliant. Station Eleven is a dystopian novel…Keep reading
Tin Man by Sarah Winman Opening sentence: “All Dora Judd ever told anyone about that night three weeks before Christmas was that she won the painting in a raffle.” You know when you finish a book and just have to take a moment to compose yourself? Yes, that. To say…Keep reading
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo Opening sentence: “I must leave this city today and come to you.” Stay With Me is the debut novel from African author, Ayobami Adebayo and has been on my TBR radar for quite a few months. It was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for…Keep reading