Here are seventeen books we recommend you read this year!
1. The Humans by Matt Haig
This book is about an alien’s trip to earth, but it’s also about what it means to be human. It’s funny and uplifting and it explains the difficulties and the joys of being alive.
2. Slade House by David Mitchell
This is a clever ghost story about a paranormal house. You never know whether you can trust what you’re reading.
3. The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
A dramatic family saga full of secrets and lies. Gripping!
4. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
I loved this dystopian novel where criminals roam free and the innocent choose to be locked up. I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming and I couldn’t put it down.
5. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Set in 17th century America, this book is about slavery, freedom, family and belonging. It follows the life of a girl called Floren but it also combines several stories at once. Toni Morrison’s writing style is unique.
6.The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham
A terrifying but brilliant sci-fi concept that feels modern even though it was written over 60 years ago.
7.Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
These are three great crime mysteries written under J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym. I loved the rapport between the two main characters, private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robyn.
8.A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel, set half in England and half in Japan. It deals with the unreliable nature of memories.
9.Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A classic about freedom, reading and ideas. I love the story of how Ray Bradbury wrote it on a typewriter in a library basement, rushing upstairs to the books occasionally for inspiration.
10.The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Angel Carter reimagines classic fairy tales with vivid descriptions and dark themes.
11. The Accidental by Ali Smith
A family’s lives are turned upside down by the arrival of an unusual and mysterious girl called Amber. It is full of interesting ideas and sentences to read again and again.
12.The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
A murder mystery that it is so much cleverer than it first appears.
13.The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
This is a Young Adult novel that adults would enjoy too. It’s about a tree that can reveal truth if you feed it lies. It has a supernatural element but it also says a lot about the place of women and the conflicts between faith and scientific discovery in the 19th century.
14.Short stories by Roald Dahl
Sometimes funny, often very dark, these stories for adults are fantastically weird.
15.The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
I loved the main character, twelve year old Harriet and the intense, slightly creepy atmosphere. It’s about family tragedy and having to grow up and leave innocence behind.
16.Quiet by Susan Cain
This is a non-fiction book that explains the differences between introverts and extroverts. Susan Cain argues for the potential in strong, quiet people.
17.Stoner by John Williams
This is about the seemingly small life of one man, William Stoner, but you end up really caring about what happens to him. It’s an overlooked and underrated classic.
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By Phillipa Loyley, CSA at Kensington Central Library