I asked. And BOY did you guys respond…
I’ve been looking for some new, recommended books to read. Like many right now, lockdown has provided a perfect chance to catch up on all the books I’d been meaning to start or to at least ‘up’ my reading game entirely.
I put it to you, asking for your reading recommendations and suggestions – Your favourite books to read.
I had a few conditions that the books would ideally meet…
No death, minimal sadness and something light which wouldn’t spark an existential crisis.
I like to read before bed and so these checkboxes, which I know to a few of you seemed strange, are super important for me in finding a suitable read… Something which calms the mind before drifting off! However, my 3 conditions for a book are not always achievable (granted). Infact, a few of the suggestions I was sent from you guys came with disclaimers of “sorry it breaks one of your rules BUT it’s soooooo good”. I decided to include ALL of the responses I received and am suuuuper grateful for everyone single person who messaged me! You responded in your HUNDREDS and I am so thankful for your support, always.
And so the list begins… I suppose you could say this is now a ‘best books to read OF ALL TIME’ list?! One thing’s for sure… You guys were certainly passionate about the top 5 books!
There’s some method to the madness that follows. If a novel was recommended multiple times, it features higher up the list. The number in the brackets is how many unique times it was submitted. As I’ve said, the response was WHOPPING…
I hope you’d never doubt my support for all cultures and races BUT, I want to highlight there are books in this list from a variety of authors; white, black, straight, gay, newbie tale-tellers and well-established writers. There are, of course, books which have BAME characters, publishers who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and book settings from all corners of the world. Independent, Essex locals included! From a whole range of backgrounds and lives. Historical novels and chick-lit. Autobiographies and fantastical tales.
I have hardly read even a HANDFUL of these and so I’m fully trusting all of your brilliant suggestions here! Whether you’re part of a book club or a keen solo reader, I just know the list of everyone’s reading recommendations will be a key resource for you as much as it is proving to be for me.
A final note before we get cracking – Each novel of this ultimate reading list is linked to the UK Amazon site. But, I’ve included a mixture of Kindle and Paperback options to hopefully encourage some paperless transactions. Don’t forget there’s also Audible for another paper-free option too!
Here. We. Go…
YOUR TOP 5 RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO READ:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (6) AND ME!
Next up on the reading list
Each book was submitted 5 unique times:
More of your reading recommendations…
Each book was submitted 4 unique times:
Each book was submitted 3 unique times:
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (3)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (3)
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (3) (Post written before J.K. Rowling’s atrocious views were revealed)
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King (3)
Stopping for a breather?
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If Lockdown was summed-up in 5 songs…
More of your recommended books to read
Each submitted 2 unique times:
My Girl by Jack Jordan (A local author from Colchester) (2)
And last but certainly not least on the list of your reading recommendations…
Each of these books had one submission each:
Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day by Phanella Mayall Fine (1)
Where to Begin: A Small Book about Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World by Cleo Wade (1)
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (1)
As for my personal suggestions? I’m going to put together a few of my own favourite books to read in a following ‘5 Things’ post – So do keep your eyes peeled.
I hope to pick up a few of these in the coming months, which ones are you going to go for?!
Once again, thank you SO much to everyone who took the time to message, comment and send their reading recommendations to me. I cannot believe the response and am so very grateful. I can’t promise to have read them all by the time lockdown ends… But I’ll certainly give it a good go!
Congrats, you made it through possibly the LONGEST blog post known to man! What do you read before bed? Is there a certain book you’re loving right now? Has this post helped you find some new favourite books to read? Maybe you missed the window for sending submissions?! It’s never too late! Drop me a message on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can also email me or leave a comment on this post…