What To Read
Wow! How is it February already? Somehow between the craziness of the holidays, coming back from the UK and two long weekends in January, the first 6+ weeks of this year have just flown by. Now, I know the title of this post sounds rather bossy. In truth, I just wasn’t sure what to call it! A dear friend of mine asked for book recommendations a few weeks ago as she’s trying to get back into reading again so I volunteered to write her a list - which I mentioned to another friend, who suggested writing it as post as some of you may also like some recommendations. Before we go any further: yes, I have read all of them and loved each and every one of them. Okay, here goes:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - This book changed me. I wept at least twice as I read it and it’s stayed with me ever since. You will need tissues and you will be staying up to read it until you’ve finished.
The Food of Love Trilogy by Prue Leith - book 3 isn’t out until April so read the first two now and you can go straight into number 3! A trilogy about love, loss, family and food. You won’t be able to put it down.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling - if you haven’t read this, we can’t be friends. That’s all I have to say on this.
The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh - despite the confusing (to me) cover, I adored this book. It flits back and forth between the 1960s (present day) and WWII in Czechoslovakia in the most gut-wrenching way that will stop you from putting it down until the very end.
The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts - I love all Nora Roberts books (I currently have 3 in my TBR pile) but if you’ve never read her before, this is the place to start. Don’t blame me if you book tickets to Maryland as soon as you’ve finished reading them!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - I’ve only read book 1 of the All Souls Trilogy so far, but I have 2 and 3 on order from the library and I’m so excited for them to come in so I can dive back into
Fatherland by Robert Harris - what happened if NAZI Germany had won WWII, wrapped up in a murder mystery. It’s terrifying and amazing all at the same time!
The Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown (Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin) - there’s nothing quite like curling up with Dan Brown. No, it’s not Dickens, but that’s why we love it. Warning: you will go down a rabbit hole trying to discover what’s fact and what’s fiction!
A Year and A Day by Isabelle Broom - set in Prague, this book will confuse and delight you until the very end and it’s totally worth it.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - even if Me After You and Still Me don’t end up being your thing, Me Before You is an absolute must. Warning: you will need tissues
Jewels and Wanderlust by Danielle Steel - some of the first adult books I ever read and I still have the original (now dog-eared) copies today.
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #1) - start with this one and you’ll be hooked! Luckily, there’s 18 books so far, so you won’t run out any time soon!
I could go on, but 12 seems like a good number to start with! Let me know when you’ve read them so we can have a glass of wine and a good ol’ natter!