The Books I Recommend to Everyone

After writing my first ever book-related blog post on here (why did it take me so long?!), I thought this would be a great follow-up blog post if you’re starting to get into reading due to the lockdown or if you’re just looking for some new books to read which come highly recommended. Either way, you’re in the right place!

These books are in no particular order, I may come back to this post and update as and when I feel like a book makes the list so do keep an eye out. Also do follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!

This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay

As soon as I read devoured this book, I knew it was a book that I would love forever. It’s written so well and there are laugh out loud moments and it’s so poignant because you know they’re all true stories. Adam Kay has frequently said that the book is more like a love letter for the NHS and when you live in the UK and can see how the NHS is under-funded, it’s even more relatable.

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

I’ve mentioned this on my previous post (which you can read here) as I’d only recently read it, but I can’t even tell you how much I adored it. It was heartbreaking, hilarious and humbling. I’ve given a mini-review on the blog post that I’ve linked above, but I have been recommending it to everyone. Such a beautiful read.

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

I read this book last year and I couldn’t put it down. I remember getting to the last chapter and I was so tired but I kept myself awake just to read the last 30 pages; it was so beautifully heart-breaking (much like any of the books written about the war tend to be), but this was slightly more moving for me because the plot was about women, two sisters to be precise and is a beautiful tale of grief, love and survival.

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I read this when it was part of Zoella’s book club (circa 2015, good times) and I remember it being such a powerful book, the plot stuck with me and I just really enjoyed the writing. I haven’t watched the film yet which is on Netflix but from the trailer the cast is similar to what I imagined. The plot is about two unlikely teenagers who ultimately want to die and find friendship comfort and solace – it’s just a really beautiful story.

The Cows – Dawn O’Porter

I know this book divided opinion, but personally I thought that it touched on some really important topics in a lighthearted way (I think this is why a lot of people didn’t like it as much) but even though the setting/situation was a little bit unrealistic (or was it though in this day and age?), I still think it was really prominent.

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

This was a short but such a sweet read. The title gives it away – it is about a older gentleman who dies whilst trying to save the life of a young girl. When he gets to heaven, he meets five people who were influential in his life. It’s such a moving tale of what your time on Earth can mean and how even one man’s smallest act of kindness can be another’s greatest.

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

An absolute classic book and for the right reasons. I didn’t read this in school unfortunately, I know a lot of people did but I read it because I wanted to understand why some of these classics are called classics, and I certainly understood why this one was. The story follows a lawyer who is defending a black man who has been charged with the rape of a white girl. The advice that lawyer Atticus Finch gives to his children Scout (who narrates the book) and Jem foreshadows the plot. I don’t want to give anything away but the book focuses on some key issues of racism and class in the Deep South of America in the 1930’s and is written so well.

“Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.”

Faking Friends – Jane Fallon

Whenever I’m reading a serious and heavy book, you can guarantee that a bit of fluff is not far behind (I actually dislike the term fluff because it suggests that a book isn’t any good when in actual fact they are some of the best books I read!). This particular book was one of the first books I’d read from Jane Fallon but she has quickly become one of my favourite authors. A lot of her books’ plots are slightly crazy and often unrealistic. For example, this book involves our main character Amy who finds out her fiancé sleeping with her best friend and then decides to get even with both of them. No spoilers, but it was such an exciting read (all the while hoping and praying that it never happens to anyone in real life!).

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

This was a heartbreaking read, inspired by the true story of Lale Sokolov. Set in 1942, Lale was sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War and it follows his journey throughout his time as the Tattooist and falling in love with fellow prisoner, Gita. It’s difficult to read in certain parts and I’ve always found it hard to recommend a book like this because it depicts such a harrowing time in history, but I found it so incredibly moving. It shows how human beings can show their true strength even in the hardest of times.

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

One of the best feel-good books I’ve ever read. The premise of the book was really interesting: one bed being shared by strangers who have never met – how would this not tempt you?! Leon works nights and sleeps during the day, whereas Tiffy works during the day and sleeps when Leon is working. They have never met due to their conflicting schedules but begin to get to know each other through baked goods and hand-written notes (both are the best way to someone’s heart in my humble opinion). It’s heart-warming, uplifting and funny.

Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella

I couldn’t write a blog post without mentioning the Queen of Fluff, Sophie Kinsella herself! She has written so many books that I have adored over the years (although one of her most famous is coincidentally one of my least favourites) but on the whole, she writes amazing books that are feel-good and heartwarming which is my favourite genre! This particular book is also fucking hilarious even if the plot is completely ridiculous: Lara is visited by the ghost of her great aunt Sadie who wants Lara to track down a necklace that Sadie can’t rest without. It’s a lot more interesting that it sounds I promise, it’s laugh out loud funny and I was glued to the pages!

One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus

I love YA novels, they bring me back to my childhood and this is an example of the best kind! This is more of a high school thriller and is like a mash-up of Gossip Girl and The Breakfast Club (two of my faves). It was just really interesting and kept me guessing until the end. The plot follows five students that are in detention together, a car crash sends the monitoring teacher out of the room and the kid with a gossip website dies from an allergic reaction in front of them. WHODUNNIT?

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I thought this was such a fantastic, original and creative story. It’s hard not to imagine yourself alongside the protagonist Kya Clark, who, abandoned by her family, makes a life for herself in the marsh (earning herself the very original nickname ‘Marsh Girl’) and is accused of murdering a resident of the nearby town. The writing is really exquisite, I was worried this book was too over-hyped, but it really is just a brilliant tale.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boynes

I finished this book in about 2 days, I loved it so much. It was so easy to read; the writing flowed so well and as much as it was a serious tale at times, there were so many laugh out loud moments which were needed! This story follows a young boy called Cyril Avery who was adopted as a baby, after being born out of wedlock to his teenage mother, who is trying to find his place in the world. There were so many brilliant things about the way this book was written; not least that I didn’t particularly like Cyril as a person – but I felt for him and I think Boynes did an amazing job in creating a character like that.

As I said, I think I will come back and update this list every so often as I’m always reading especially in this lockdown so I’m sure I will have lots more to add to this list! If any of your favourite reads made it onto this list or you think I’m missing an obvious one, let me know in the comments below.



  1. May 10, 2020 / 6:41 pm

    I recently read Twenties Girl and One Of Us Is Lying too, they’re great books!

    • divya
      May 10, 2020 / 8:59 pm

      Glad to hear you liked some books from my list! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. May 10, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    I promised myself I was going to read more this year and I started strong but I’ve not kept it up (like every new years resolution). To kill a mocking bird is such a classic., a really moving book.

    • divya
      May 10, 2020 / 9:00 pm

      I know what you mean, I gave myself a small goal on Goodreads and that was the biggest push I needed. I know, it’s such a great read. Thanks for reading!

  3. May 11, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great post and great choices! I loved This is Going to Hurt and One of Us is Lying, so delighted to see it on a list like this. 🙂 Definitely interested in 5 people you meet in heaven.

    • divya
      May 12, 2020 / 11:12 am

      Ah thank you for reading! I loved 5 People You Meet in Heaven, it’s very thought-provoking. Let me know how you get on 🙂

      • May 12, 2020 / 1:47 pm

        Will let you know! I found the Dutch version at the library, now I just need to wait until they open up and for me to gather courage to go. 🙂

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