Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and Bookish, combining books and lists. This week’s topic is our favourite new authors from 2017. My best books of 2017 post is coming later this week.

Elizabeth Strout

I read My Name is Lucy Barton in one evening, and was so intrigued by the characters and relationships. I have since read more of Strout’s work, and attended an event in Dublin in which she was interviewed by Sinead Gleeson.

Sally Rooney

Rooney’s debut Conversations With Friends is as brilliant as all the reviews and buzz would indicate. One of my favourite reads of the year, I’m very excited to read her future work.

Meg Grehan

Meg Grehan’s debut The Space Between is a tender and beautiful love story, told in verse. She is definitely one to watch you!

Maria Semple

This year I finally read Where’d You Go, Bernadette and it lived up to my expectations. I loved the memorable characters and sharp wit. Today Will Be Different is on my TBR list.

Mary Paulson-Ellis

The Other Mrs Walker was one of my co-worker’s staff picks, and I am delighted she introduced me to it. This was such an intriguing and gripping read, I was enthralled by it.

Lucy Addington

The Red Ribbon was a very moving historical read that gave me a different perspective on WW2. Addington is a fashion historian, and I am looking forward to checking out her book Stitches in Time.

Alice Broadway

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Ink trilogy. This was a book I judged by his cover, and I’m glad I picked it up!

Jenny Han

My friend lent me Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and I flew through it. I loved reading about Lara Jean and her sisters, and look forward to the movie coming out.

Karen M McManus

McManus’ One Of Us is Lying was a real page turner, I couldn’t put it down!

Ayisha Malik

I loved the voice in Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, it was so strong and it was a really enjoyable read.

Leave a link to your TTT post, or comment with some of your favourite authors of 2017.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and the Bookish, combining the joys of books and lists. This week’s official topic is Favourite Reads of 2017 but as the year isn’t out yet, I’m putting that list on hold in case any of my December reads wow me. Instead, here’s a list I missed a couple of weeks ago – the Winter To Be Read List.

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman


To my shame, I have never read the His Dark Materials trilogy. They have been on my TBR list for years, but with the recent release of La Belle Sauvage, I have decided the time is now.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Not only do I love Sally Nicholls’ work, but this book is about the suffragettes! Of course I want to read it! It’s received brilliant reviews, and I just know I am going to love it.

The Taste of Blue – Lydia Ruffles

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I was very intrigued by this book when I heard the author speak at DeptCon and I was delighted to receive a copy at my book club’s Christmas book swap.

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr


I loved Emily Barr’s gripping YA debut The One Memory of Flora Banks, so I have high hopes for this, her second YA novel. I received an ARC at DeptCon and am hoping to read it over the Christmas.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte


I mentioned Bonnets at Dawn in my post about podcasts, and it has inspired me to explore the work of Anne Bronte, the one Bronte sister I haven’t read anything by. It’s been a while since I’ve read a classic, so this will be a good change.

Tin Man – Sarah Winman

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This book has received high praise from my bookselling colleagues, which definitely earned it a place on my TBR list. It sounds like a moving story of love and longing, and I love the cover.

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World – Lyndall Gordon

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World

This book is right up my street – I really enjoyed Lyndall Gordon’s Emily Dickinson biography, and this subject is one that interests me greatly. I haven’t read anything by Olive Schreiner but I have read works by the other writers and know some of their biographies. It is one of my Christmas picks in the bookshop, and one I will be keen to read myself.

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green


I am looking forward to reading John Green’s latest offering. It has had excellent reviews, and I like the sound of the plot. The main reason I haven’t bought it yet is that it is in hardback – pricier but also just more awkward to read/carry around!

Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler


Anne Tyler is another author who has been on my TBR list for some time now. I read Vinegar Girl, her adaptation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, and wasn’t keen on it. However, I want to give her another chance and have always heard great things about Breathing Lessons!

Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman


I saw the movie recently and loved it, so I am looking forward to checking out the book. I’d usually go for the book first, so it will be interesting to compare the two versions.

Let me know what’s on your TBR list, or if you have read any of these books.


Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2017 (so far)



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish in which bloggers compile literary lists. This week’s theme is our top reads of 2017 thus far.

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney


Sally Rooney’s debut fully deserves all the praise it has been receiving. As in her excellent short stories – memorable characters, sharp observations and emotional complexity.

My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout


I was late coming to this book, but have been enthusiastically recommending it to customers since reading it a couple of months ago. It is a quiet kind of a book, as much about what isn’t said as what is. I had the privilege of meeting Elizabeth Strout at the International Literature Festival Dublin where she was interviewed by Sinéad Gleeson.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas


A book that fully lived up to the hype, Thomas’ debut has a strong voice and brings the Black Lives Matter movement vividly and emotionally to life for her readers without ever seeming preachy or like an issue book. I cannot wait to read her next book. Full review.

The Three Daughters of Eve – Elif Shafak


An atmospheric book set between Istanbul and Oxford exploring the complexities of faith and God, and the grip the past can have on us. While I was a bit disappointed in the ending, the rest of the book was brilliant and thought provoking enough for it still to be one of my favourite books of the year.

Once and for All – Sarah Dessen


I always love Sarah Dessen’s books, and this has been one of my favourites. Heartfelt, emotional and entertaining, this is a perfect summer read about wedding planning and love both lost and found.

A Line Made By Walking – Sara Baume


A powerful book about art, nature and being human by a brilliant new Irish writer. I think it was even better than her debut Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Full review.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley Doyle


I was utterly enchanted by this book – I loved the diverse cast of characters, the lyrical writing, and the magical elements. Full review coming soon!

The Space Between – Meg Grehan

Space Between

Meg Grehan’s debut is a beautifully tender verse novel, a story of recovery and bravery as well as love. It melted my heart. Full review.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik


My most recent read, and probably the funniest book I’ve read this year. Sofia Khan has been described as a Muslim Bridget Jones, and her voice is just as hilarious and distinctive. A truly entertaining read that also explores what it is like being a Muslim in British society.

The Wild Air – Rebecca Mascull


The cover caught my eye, then the subject matter as Amelia Earhart is a hero of mine. This is a soaring novel about Della, a female pilot in the early days of aviation. I loved Della, and the book is rich in historical detail without leaving the reader overwhelmed with information. An emotional and engaging read.

Do post a link to your TTT below – I’m always looking for new reading recommendations!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads for the Rest of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish bringing together two of my favourite things – books and lists. This week’s topic is the ten books we are most excited to get our hands on during the rest of 2017.

Listed in order of release…

Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley Doyle (Corgi, 1st June)


I adored Moira Fowley Doyle’s magical debut, The Accident Season, and have been eagerly anticipating this book. The author has described it on Twitter as a ‘weird little book about poteen & patron saints, tattoos & rusty keys, secrets & magic, longing & lost things’ and I am sure I will be enthralled by her beautiful writing once more. Launch in Eason O’Connell St on June 2nd.

One of Us is Lying – Karen M McManus (Penguin, 1st June)


This sounds like a tense and thrilling read, and I do love a good mystery!

Once and for All – Sarah Dessen (Penguin, 6th June)


What better to read in summer than a Sarah Dessen book? No more needs to be said.

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon (Hodder, 13th July)


A YA romance told from alternating perspectives of two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. It’s been getting great reviews, and I’m trying to read more diverse YA.

The Guggenheim Mystery – Robin Stevens (Penguin Random House, August)


This is the sequel to Siobhan Dowd’s fantastic book The London Eye Mystery. Dowd was a brilliant talent – Bog Child is an incredible book – and Stevens is a wonderful choice to continue on this story. I look forward to seeing what she does with it, and to re-reading The London Eye Mystery in preparation!

Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (Hot Key Books, 5th September)


When I got a proof copy of this through the bookshop my excitement was uncontainable. So far Lockhart’s voice is as sharp and intriguing as ever.

Moonrise – Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury, 7th September)


Sarah Crossan is queen of the verse novel, and of strong voices. One is one of my favourite YA books and so deserving of the many awards it has won. I am sure this book, about a boy whose brother is on death row, will be as moving and poignant as her other books.

The Break – Marian Keyes (Penguin, 7th September)


Marian Keyes’ novels blend comedy and drama with memorable characters and note perfect dialogue. I only came to her books a couple of years ago, and I flew through them. I know I will love this!

It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne (Usborne, 1st October)


While I will miss the Spinster Club girls, I am very much looking forward to Holly Bourne’s next YA venture!

Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan (Little Island, October)

Tangleweed and Brine will be a collection of feminist fairytale retellings, illustrated by Karen Vaughan. Her Rumpelstiltskin story was previewed on online Irish design journal Make Believe and gives an idea of how dark and magical the book will be.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by wonderful blog The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books on our Spring TBR (To Be Read) list.

I have recently moved out, and most of the books I brought with me are ones I haven’t read yet in an attempt to cut through my TBR list. (Of course some favourites like Fangirl, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, my special boxed Harry Potter set and my gift edition of Ballet Shoes also made the trip!) In that spirit, here are ten books on my shelves that I WILL read over the next few months.

Hidden Figures  – Margot Lee Shetterly

Having seen the fantastic film with my sisters, I am currently reading and loving the book that inspired it. The film was uplifting and entertaining, but the book has a wealth of information and history that didn’t make it to the screen.  I am learning lots, it is very well written and informative. Highly recommended!

The Call – Peadar Ó Guilín

This book has been on my shelf for a while…but I have been a bit afraid to read it. It has been described to me as ‘if the Hunger Games were set in Ireland’ and many of my fellow bookclubbers love it. With its recent shortlisting for the YA Book Prize and the CBI Book Awards now seems like the time to gather my courage and step into its creepy world…

NW – Zadie Smith

As I have mentioned on this blog before, I recently discovered Zadie Smith’s writing and now can’t get enough! A friend lent me NW and I just know I will love it. Next on my Zadie Smith list is White Teeth.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things – Ruth Frances Long

I love Long’s Dubh Linn trilogy, so I can’t wait to check out her earlier YA novel. It sounds like a spellbinding fantasy read, and the main character’s name is Jenny…already a good sign!

The Shadow Gate – Elizabeth Kostova

I was sent this book to review for LoveReading. I adored the spooky and atmospheric The Historian, and while I was less keen on Swan Thieves, Kostova is still always on my reading list!

After the Last Dance – Sarra Manning

I loved Sarra Manning’s Adorkable and have been meaning to read more of her books. While this is a very different book – historical fiction rather than contemporary YA – the premise is intriguing and I know the writing will be good.

Lives Like Loaded Guns – Lyndall Gordon

I am a big fan of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, so this book about her life and her family is right up my street. My great aunt passed it on to me, and the little bit I have read was very good. I am eager to get back to it, and have brought a book of Dickinson’s poetry with me also.

The Wild Air – Rebecca Mascull

This is a proof I picked up in the bookshop I worked in. The gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb were irresistible! It’s about female pilots in the Edwardian era. (Release date: April 2017)

The Lotterys Plus One – Emma Donoghue

I was intrigued to see Emma Donoghue has written a book for children (9-12 age group I believe) and couldn’t leave this proof behind in the shop. (Release date: April 2017)

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel

Another proof, this time from the Eason event with Ally Carter, Alwyn Hamilton and Marie Lu. I have been told by a trusted fellow bookclubber that I will love it! (Release date: June 2017)

Leave a link to your TTT in the comments, I would love to discover more great books. And follow me on Goodreads to see how I get on with this pile of books.



Top Ten Tuesday: Galentine’s Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by beautiful blog The Broke and the Bookish. For the day that’s in it, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the romance. However, in the spirit of Leslie Knope and Galentine’s Day (13th February) here are some of my favourite book friendships!


The Spinster Club by Holly Bourne


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If you’ve read this blog before, you will have seen me rave about these books before. I think Holly Bourne is one of the best voices in contemporary YA, and I just adore the girls of the Spinster Club. While each protagonist has a boyfriend at some point in the series, what is most important is their friendship, how they support each other through everything.

Iron Cast  – Destiny Soria

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I really need to give this book a full review on the blog, it’s brilliant! Set just before the Prohibition era, this book focuses on a strong female friendship, mixed in with magic, mobsters and just a hint of romance. As Corinne and Ada, the unlikely best friends in the book, would say: it’s the cat’s miaow!

The Primrose Leary trilogy by Deirdre Sullivan

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I adore this trilogy. Prim’s diaries made me laugh and cry, her voice is wonderfully strong and distinctive. One of the things I loved most about these books was Prim’s friendships – Prim and Joel are just hilarious together (mustachioed babies!) and I really enjoyed seeing Prim’s friendship with Ella develop.


Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


These fantasy heist novels are not only cracking page turners with head-spinningly intricate plotting, they feature a motley crew of fantastic characters. It’s not always friendship as such, but I loved seeing the bonds develop between the characters throughout the books, and they make one hell of a team!

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares

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Oh these books. I have read them many, many times and it’s been interesting to see how my opinions on the different characters have changed (I’m much more of a Bridget fan now than I used to be, for example). I think they offer a very real picture of how friendship can change as you grow, but also how wonderful a true friend can be. Must (finally) watch the movies this year!

The Real Rebecca series by Anna Carey

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A series of books about three friends who set up a band (Hey Dollface) together. Told through diary entries these are really fun reads with a strong message about being yourself. Again they show friends don’t always get on or agree, but when it matters they are there.

Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Last Chance

My favourite Marian Keyes book. Tara, Fintan and Katherine are wonderful and memorable characters and while they all have their own romances, struggles and dramas to deal with in this book, their friendship is what makes it.




Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


I have stated many a time how happy the romance at the centre of this book makes me,  I won’t spoil the mystery of Simon’s boy Blue for anyone here. However, another thing I really enjoyed was Simon and his friends. The dynamics of the friend group are explored well, and Abby is a fantastic character.

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhán Curham

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The Moonlight Dreamers is a secret society, inspired by an Oscar Wilde quote, is for girls who don’t quite fit in, girls who dare to dream. The four girls are very different, and this book is a very empowering read about going your own way.


Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

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Boarding school murder mysteries? Yes please! Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends and amateur sleuths, and can’t wait to read more of their cases!

Post a link to your TTT below, let’s share the book love!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Recommend as a Bookseller

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from the wonderful Broke and Bookish that combines the joys of books and lists. This week was a freebie, letting bloggers chose their own topic…

When not blogging, I work as a bookseller. Like all booksellers, I have my favourite books to recommend. I specialise in children’s/YA but there are a couple of books for adults here too!

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke


I adore this book. I describe it as a book for book lovers, and I think readers young and old alike should read it. The idea of characters being read out of books is enchanting, and I love the book quotes at the beginnings of the chapters. It is pure magic.

The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale


I love fairytales, and this retelling is gorgeous. It’s one I love to return to for its magical world and strong heroine. It is the first in the Books of Bayern series, all of which are great reads. But this is the best!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg


This delightful children’s classic has been a successful staff pick of mine, and I’m delighted that this story is still being enjoyed by young readers as it is a hoot. It’s about a sister and brother who run away from home and take up residence in the Met Museum…

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr


Most people have probably read this book already, but it is so beautifully written that I don’t want anyone to miss out on the experience!

The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild


This is a book I think deserves more attention. It’s about a painting being rediscovered and the ripples this sends through the London art world. I was enthralled!


One – Sarah Crossan


A beautiful verse novel about sisterhood, identity and love. I read it in one sitting, I cried and now I recommend it all the time. A very deserving winner of the Carnegie medal.

Knights of the Borrowed Dark – Dave Rudden


I recommend this to the many, many Potter fans in the shop looking for a great new  fantasy read. I am delighted that it has been chosen as the Dublin Citywide Read for 2017 and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Am I Normal Yet?  – Holly Bourne


If ever there were a series I wish had been around when I was a teenager, it’s the Spinster Club. Great characters, strong voices, humour, feminism, friendship, mental health… Holly Bourne is one of the best voices in contemporary YA at the moment and I love her books.

The Ministry of Suits – Paul Gamble


For kids looking for a slightly mad and very funny read, this is my new go-to. It’s rare that I will find myself properly laughing out loud at a book, but this did it. Gloriously zany.

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness


Fantastic writer, fantastic concept. This gripping novel is one of my favourite YA recommendations. Really anything by Patrick Ness comes highly recommended from me though!

Leave a link to your TTT below, looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with for Freebie week.

Top Ten 2016 Releases (so far!)


Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by The Broke and the Bookish in which bloggers make bookish lists. This week’s theme is our top 2016 releases so far.

Needlework – Deirdre Sullivan


Nothing Tastes As Good – Claire Hennessy


Knights of the Borrowed Dark – Dave Rudden


How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

How Hard Can Love Be

Shrill – Lindy West


Children’s Children – Jan Carson


Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld


Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi


Making It Up As I Go Along – Marian Keyes


Underwater – Marisa Reichardt


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and Bookish. It is a joyous combination of books and lists, with a different theme each week. This week is about most looking forward to in the second half of 2016. So, without further ado…

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – Holly Bourne


I am a big fan of Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club trilogy and cannot wait to read the third book, from Lottie’s point of view.

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven


I loved All the Bright Places, and I am sure Jennifer Niven’s second YA novel will be another brilliant read.

…And a Happy New Year? – Holly Bourne

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More Spinster Club! This novella, set after the trilogy, will be released in November.

A Darkness at the End – Ruth Frances Long

Dubh Linn

The third book in the Dubh Linn trilogy, fantastic urban fantasy books melding real and mythical Dublin. The cover for book three hasn’t been released yet, so I’ve used the first two here instead.

And I Darken – Kiersten White

And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I have heard brilliant things about this book at bookclub and I really want to read it!

Nina Is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi


I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book to review. It’s such a powerful read, I’m glad it will be out in the world soon!

Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler


Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series in which contemporary writers tackle the Bard’s plays. I can’t wait to see what Anne Tyler does with this controversial comedy and its gender politics in her modern retelling.

Gold – Geraldine Mills


I love the sound of this dystopian adventure for readers aged 9+, and the cover design by Lauren O’Neill is gorgeous!

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor


How brilliant does this sound?!

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Things We Know by Heart – Jessi Kirby


A love story with a twist, and a great cover. Really looking forward to this one.

Roll on the rest of 2016!

Happy reading, and leave a link to your TTT below 🙂





Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Love, But Don’t Talk About Enough

I wrote this post on Tuesday, bur I forgot to post it. So here’s a Top Ten Tuesday for your Wednesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they come up with a great topic for book bloggers to make lists about. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Really Love, But Don’t Talk About Enough. This was a tricky one, as I tend to gush a lot about books I have enjoyed, but I thought back to some of the books I really enjoyed growing up, or books I often return to, that I haven’t necessarily blogged about.


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield


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This was a favourite book of mine growing up, and I have lost count of how many times I have read it. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it is a story about sisters (I have three sisters myself, and Little Women is another sister story I love). A few years ago one of my sisters gave me a beautiful cloth covered hardback edition of this book, such a wonderful present. My old paperback version of the book is very well-read!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


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I have written a lot on this blog about how wonderful I think Rainbow Rowell is, but I haven’t fully expressed my love for Attachments. Rowell’s first book, it has a very sweet romance but what I really love is the friendship between Jennifer and Beth. Moving and funny, and I loved the use of emails in the narrative. I’ve lent this book to so many people – I think eight people have read my copy so far!

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares


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I re-read this series every couple of years, I think the characters are all so strong and that Brashares writes very well about their friendship and how it changes as they grow older. Interestingly, I have come to identify with different characters and understand their point of view more as I have grown and changed myself.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


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Another book I return to again and again. I wish I had read it sooner, it is such a powerful coming of age story and one of the most moving books I have ever read. ‘I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.’

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


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I didn’t read The Bell Jar until I was 21, but I think that was quite good timing as I really connected with Esther’s sense of uncertainty about her place in the world and where her life was going. Like Plath’s poetry, this novel is painful and poignant. When I tried to re-read it a few months ago I had to put it down, it was just too much. I still think on quotes from this book from time to time.

The Princess Diaries (books 1 to 3) by Meg Cabot


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I grew up reading these books, and really connected with Cabot’s awkward and unlikely princess. I think the first three books are the series at its best.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


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A really brilliant fairytale retelling, and one of the books I remember being completely entranced by as a young reader. Whenever I spot this book on my shelves at home, or on the bookshelves at work, I get an echo of that excitement.

Persuasion by Jane Austen


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In general I don’t talk enough about Jane Austen, and it was tough to choose between Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion for this list, but in the end I went for the latter as it gets less attention and should be spoken about more!

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


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I was struck by Woolf’s writing style when I read this book, and the way she lets the reader into the heads of her protagonists is really striking.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott


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I loved this series of books when I was growing up, and eagerly awaited each new installment. They are fantastic fantasy adventures, and Scott brings characters from myth, legend and history into the books in very interesting ways.