Tuesday, 10 November 2015

5 Books I'd Recommend To Everybody

Whenever I'm asked for book recommendations I usually do my best to figure out what type of reader the person asking is. Whether they like big books or small books, funny books or sad ones, serious or whimsical. But there are some books that are just so good I'd recommend them to anyone and everyone. Here are my picks of the books everyone can enjoy:

Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones :: I read this one hot summer spent lying in the backyard of my Dad's house with his snuffly boxer dog by my side. Why do I remember exactly what I was doing when I read this book? Because all of the emotions, that's why. This book is at times beautiful, shocking and sad and was one of the most unexpected things I read that summer. I highly highly recommend you read it. It's references to Great Expectations also made me want to delve into this classic book and also made me realise the transportive power that reading does to us.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack :: I've just made a mental note to re-read this as soon as I can because it's such a wonderful book that it makes me want to pick it up and hug it just a little bit. *ahem, I digress.* At times funny and sad, The Book Thief is a book that will forever remind me of the goodness of family and of never losing hope.

Harry Potter by J K Rowling :: Did you know there are people in this world who haven't read Harry Potter? Did you know there are people in this world who consider themselves to be avid readers and haven't read Harry Potter? Did you know there are many members of my immediate family who still FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, haven't read Harry Potter? Can you all guess, what you're all getting for Christmas this year? Seriously though is there anything better than a book that combines defeating evil with the importance of friendships like Harry Potter does? Read it, all of it. You won't regret it.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee :: There's a reason this is prescribed in English reading classes across the world and that's because this is one of the best modern classics ever written. I was never made to read this book at School, I simply fell in love with it on my own and it's become simultaneously my favourite book ever and the book I read when I don't know what to read.

Gone Girly by Gillian Flynn :: Do you know what I love about books like Gone Girl? When people raved about this no-one thought about whether they liked thriller fiction or not they just knew that everyone was talking about it and they had to read it. This is the type of book that once you read it all you want to do is force everyone around you to do the same.

So, there you have it, my picks on books I think everyone should read (and love, obviously). What book would you recommend to every type of reader?


  1. I've read 4/5 of these! I always recommend the diary of anne frank to people.

    1. Well I hope you enjoyed them all! I've actually never read the diary of Anne Frank, maybe I should!

  2. Definitely would recommend Gone Girl to everyone, even though it isn't one of my favourite books it still is very readable and I can't imagine someone not being sucked into it.

    I try to get everyone I know to read The Secret History, just because I think its extraordinary, the plot, the characters, the writing style...but, there's a small part of me who wants to keep it to myself!

    Hannah | mistressmeander.blogspot.co.uk

    1. It isnt one of my favourite boks either but I think its highly addictive qualities make it a must read, oh I havent read The Secret History before but I really enjoyed Donna Tartts writing style. I know what you mean about wanting to keep things for ourself but i have a compulsive need to tell people to read certain books haha

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