Good morning my lovelies!
Today’s post will be running down some of the books that I always find myself recommending to people. Now this list is by no means exhaustive and I’ll probably end up doing a couple of these posts, all targeted at different age groups and genres.
Today’s edition will be adult fiction. Up until about two years ago, this was without a doubt the genre that I consumed the most. Since then, I’ve very much broadened my reading horizons to include young adult, middle grade, picture books and poetry etc.
The Burning Chambers (and actually anything by this author) by Kate Mosse – Kate Mosse writes incredible historical fiction, all set in Carcassonne, France. I read my first Kate Mosse book far younger than I should have (reading books far too old for me and far more complex was something that I had done since I could read and used to get in trouble for). I started with Labyrinth, published in 2005 when I was just 12 years old, I devoured this like my life depended on it and eagerly awaited the follow-up novels; Sepulchre and Citadel. I have since read everything she has written and loved them all. I highly recommend you read something, anything by Kate Mosse!
How to Be Human by Ruby Wax – I was lucky enough to be sent an early finished copy of this book very early on in my blogging journey. Now, while I don’t believe in fate, I do need like this book landed on my doorstep and the exact time that I needed it. I am reluctant to call this a ‘self help book’ because I think that can be so off-putting sometimes. This is so much more than that. I read it slowly over the course of a particularly bad mental health weekend and found that this book was the exact remedy that I needed. My full review can be found here.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – If you have ever met me in real life, there will be at least one occasion that you will remember, me trying to persuade you to read this book. It has become one of my favourite books of all time and I will be forcing you to read this if we ever meet and talk books. Trust me. You will love it. That reminds me, I don’t think I’ve written a full review on this one, I know, shame on me! Once I finished this book, I started it again. It is the most complex thriller/sci-fi/crime novel I have ever read. While chatting to Stu at a literary festival, and hearing him describe the process of writing something with different timelines, all running at the same time, came close to blowing my mind. I still have no idea how he managed it. What I do know though, is that this book is a little bit of perfection.
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss – This one was a new to be author and I just kept seeing this book everywhere, so I just had to pick it up. This is definitely not the most thrilling book you will ever read. Not by a long shot. But, what the book does offer is so much more than mere thrill. The book is written from the perspective of the father, which I think is quite rare. While The Tidal Zone is not fast-paced, and is often the opposite, I felt so tense reading this book. I really felt like I could empathise with the narrator and found myself getting stressed the moment he did. A beautiful story that I have passed around the office for everyone to read. I have only had amazing reviews upon getting the book back from my colleagues. As soon as I finished this book, I went out and purchased every other book that Sarah Moss had published. Brilliant.
And there we have it, this first of my recommendations posts. I adored every one of these books and will never stop banging on about how much I love them. Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them?
Peace and pages