Top Ten Must Reads; I promise every one of these books is a page-turner.
Reading something we rarely do nowadays but honestly such a vital part of learning and understanding and something I hope we never lose. Why not snuggle up with a good book. Whether it makes you question things and change your way of thinking. Whether you want something easy and light that you could read with a cup of tea and cake. This is the list for you! I am very picky when it comes to books, and it's hard for books to pique my interest. So I promise each of these books will change your life your perspective or just take you through a whirlwind of emotions.
Number Ten: When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
This is one of my favourite books for many reasons. Number one is the fact that it is the only book I have read written by a Muslim author. The story is of a young girl who struggles whilst her mother battles cancer and then her mother death. This story personally touched me because some it hit home and was very relatable. This book made me cry so much so my copy is covered with tear stains. Highly recommend but it is an emotional read.
Number Nine: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Another emotional rollercoaster but a story that makes you realise how precious and fleeting life. Edward the sole survivor of a plane crash he becomes the miracle boy and has to carry the weight of those who died alongside him. Ultimately a story of positivity and showing how strong we as humans are and how much we can handle.
Number Eight: The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Okay if your looking for something thought-provoking and philosophical and make you realise that the sky is the limit this is the book for you. I have to admit the first I read it I found it difficult to understand but once I reread it and actually paid attention to what it is was saying I understood it so much more. The young boy in the book learns to listen to his heart and follow his dreams and with every obstacle he passes he learns and grows from it.
Number Seven: 1984 by George Orwell
I mean why not use this lockdown as a chance to get into the classics and read something completely surreal and mindblowing. Orwell’s 1984 did just that for me. It is a dystopian novel set within a world where everyone is constantly under surveillance and the watchful eye of big brother. The idea of surveillance and the crushing of individuality and freedom seems eerily familiar.
Number Six: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you haven’t read this or even watched the series you have clearly been living under a rock and haven’t been in contact with human civilisation. Another dystopian novel set within a fictional Gilead were in order for the population to grow fertile women must become handmaids. The controlling of women’s sexuality and the repression of freedom is again an eerie and familiar feeling.
Number Five: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Okay if like me your an adrenaline junkie and love crime novels and are a massive Agatha Christie fan this will definitely be the cup of your tea! This book is massive turn pager and will make you want to finish it just to find out what happens but also never want it to end. Who is the woman in cabin 10 and what happened to her? I am getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
Number Five: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Another very tumultuous set within the fall of the Afghan monarchy and the story of Amir and his friend Hassan. Guilt redemption and a whole rollercoaster of emotions and also exploring themes of sexual assault. An incredible moving story
Number Four: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, I am a sucker for the classics and the romantic tales. I mean who doesn’t love a good Austen novel. Pride and Prejudice is a classic. If you already read this read it again and again! I never get sick of this classic novel with the ultimate romantic happy ending we all crave.
Number Three: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
One of the most amazing books I have ever read. The story of WW1 spies and the role women played in WW1 that couldn’t be played by men. The incredible story of Eve Gardiner and Alice Dubois. Another absolute page-turner and deeply moving and just exhilarating.
Number Two: Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Another amazing classic and honestly one of my favourite. The ambitious and driven Jane Eyere who is still tired tot the shackles of society and its customs and ends up marrying Mr Rochester. Realistic yes she may not be as ambitious and driven as her counterpart Elizabeth Bennet but she realistically encaptures the struggle of victorian women in becoming the new woman v.s sticking to tradition.
Number One: Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
The book flits between different stories. The tale of Stefan on the Western Front in thick of the war taking place and struggling with leading his men into a slaughter. A story of love as he falls in love with Isabella and heartbreak in the backdrop of the tragedy of WW1.