Put a shout out on Facebook for some book recommendations for today to encourage adults to read, and this is what we got!
Everyone generally thinks fiction when they think of favourite books, perhaps because non-fiction tends to be specialist interest:
Robyn – Angels and Demons by Dan Brown… anything by Dan Brown actually!
Tracy – The Freida Klein series of books by Nicci French. Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
Jody: Roots – Alex Haley, I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes, Swimming to Antartica – Lynne Cox
Helen – One of my favourites to read is The Crystal Singer (it’s a trilogy but it’s been brought out in one book)
Elizabeth – A Thousand Splendid Suns, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Sapiens if you want non-fiction. The Potato Factory – Bryce Courtenay … the most recent find is The Salt Path about an older couple walking the SW coast path which is a lovely read
Carole – Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. That’s just a great read, but if you want a laugh, try anything by David Sedaris.
Kris – The Alchemist
Sue – The Lovely Bones – Alice Seabold, The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Emma – If I was on a desert island I would take Pride & Prejudice … I have read and re-read, gave to my 3 daughters & we often discuss.
Amanda – A Fine Balance by Robinson Mistry is high on the list, but there are many more – The Grapes of Wrath, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer, plus numerous others.
Emily – Hmmm probably Bill Bryson… A Walk in the Woods
Adam – Am I allowed to say ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’?
Stuart – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – loved this as a teenager and still do. A funny, somewhat surreal sci-fi with a dig at humans and our fascination of digital watches.
The Lovely Bones – Alice Seabold – If you have kids, especially a daughter, and can read this without fearing for them and shedding a tear, well, I think you have no heart. Absolutely moving.
Chickenhawk – Robert Mason – I’ve read a fair number of military autobiographies. Some great ones about the Falklands (esp how we got the bombers there), Kuwait/Iraq, WW2 etc but I always return to this one about an enlisted combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war. It’s not pretty, it’s not glorious. The man suffered long after the war ended.
Binzy – Bomber by Len Deighton is one of my favourites.
Anyway, there’s a few to check out at your local bookshop or library. I’m pretty sure someone also mentioned Birdsong, but I can’t find the comment. One that stuck with me was Wild Swans by Jung Chang