March 21: Top Ten Books To Read To While Away The Day
There’s little that I enjoy more than curling up in bed with a cup of green tea and devouring a good book, especially on a grey and rainy day (all too common in the UK).
1. Our Song by Dani Atkins
This contemporary follows the lives of four people over the course of many years, and how they all ended up in the same hospital one winter’s night.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I adored the quirky main character and her developing relationship with her SO. Even better, this novel went in an entirely unexpected direction and was heart-breaking.
3. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
This beast of a thriller follows our hero across the globe as he searches for the person(s) responsible for a number of seemingly unconnected crimes.
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
In terms of immersive writing, Jane Eyre is fabulous. There’s plenty of character development, but where this novel really shines is in its vivid descriptions, most notably of the settings: perfect for a winter’s night.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This hard-hitting novel explores racism in America: I love that the story is told from the perspective of a child (because, let’s face it, kids are so much smarter than adults!)
6. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
As far as thrillers go, very few have had me so absorbed from the outset. Paula Hawkins storytelling is wonderful, and the conclusion to this psychologically based novel is one of the most intense that I’ve ever read.
7. PS. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
A love story with death at its centre, this is a heart-wrenching novel that focuses on grief and the importance of friends and family.
8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
If you’re looking for a romantic contemporary with fantasy elements, this novel is perfect.: it’s character driven and a beautiful love story.
9. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This dystopian is hard-hitting and wonderfully well written. I firmly believe that this is a novel that everyone should read: it is powerful and (unsettlingly) relevant.
10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
There’s something about being sucked into a new fantasy world that is exciting and enthralling: this novel features an eclectic cast of characters, and a quest for control of the empire.
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