Ever-Growing Reading List
Of course this book list isn’t comprehensive, I’m just trying to get the ball rolling and I’ll be adding to this as I read more and rack my brain for those old favourites. If there’s anything I’ve missed, or that I need to read, please tell me. I spend so much time researching books and reading book reviews and I’d love to hear your thoughts. After all, word of mouth is always the best recommendation.
This is a list of books that I’ve read and that I’d heartily recommend. I have to say that I rely on my local library and garage sales for books. The Candy family always get each other new books for birthdays and Christmas, and if we’re going traveling I’ll buy some new books for everyone, but otherwise we use the library. Typically we borrow 60 books a week, for a family of five, and most of them get read too.
By the way, I’ve discovered some links to great author websites from doing this, and what a diverse bunch they are, but if I couldn’t find the author’s site I’ve provided a link somewhere so you can find out more if you wish. Forgive me for declaring this page an umlaut and accent free zone. I’m still trying to forgive myself and hope that I don’t feel the need to go back and add them. Happy reading!
Reading List for Writers
A Novel in a Year, Louise Doughty
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction, Elizabeth George (She makes it sound like hard work though)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss (On punctuation and grammar)
On Writing, Stephen King
Gotham Writers’ Workshop Writing Fiction Excellent stuff.
Reading List for Travelers
Undress Me Naked in the Temple of Heaven, Susan Jane Gilman
Dervla Murphy: Pick your destination, she’s been all over the place
Swahili For The Broken-Hearted, Peter Moore
Reading List for Parents (and the lucky children they read to)
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl (and all his other books too)
Kaspar Prince of Cats, Michael Morpurgo
Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey (If you’re a seven year old boy it doesn’t get much better than this)
Dr. Dog and Mummy Laid an Egg, Babette Cole
Each Peach, Pear, Plum, Alan & Janet Ahlberg
Miffy, Dick Bruna
Mister Magnolia, Quentin Blake
Pukunui, James Waerea and Pat Hohepa
Cleo the Cat, Caroline Mockford
Hairy Maclary, Lynley Dodd
Gordon’s Got a Snookie, Lisa Shanahan
The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries, Richard Scarry. Excellent stories and brilliant illustrations. What more could you hope for? Characters don’t get any livelier than Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat and Bananas Gorilla.
Reading List for Preteens (If you’ve got kids the time will come when you need these)
Puberty boy, Geoff Price
Puberty girl, Shushann Movsessian
General Fiction Reading List
Enduring Love & Atonement, Ian McEwan
I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
(If you like this one, the prolific AMS has a whole series for you)
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
The Other Boleyn Girl, Phillipa Gregory
The Shipping News Annie Proulx
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley
The Vintner’s Luck Elizabeth Knox
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
The Bride Stripped Bare, Nikki Gemmell
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka
This book was rejected by agents and publishers over and over again before finally being published when the author was 57, and going on to win literary prizes. It’s a brilliant and witty read about immigrants in the UK. Her second novel, Two Caravans, is in the same vein. Love them.
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger (Compelling non-fiction)
Reading List for Thinkers
Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered, Geoff Dyer
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Flow: Psychology of Happiness, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
Cash, Customers and Ads That Sell, Bradley Sugars
There are so many great books and authors missing here, like Paddy Clarke, Isabel Allende, Graham Greene, Voltaire, Margaret Atwood, Faye Weldon, Doris Lessing to name but a few. Still, it’s a start and I hope there’ll be something new here to entertain you.
Thanks for reading, feel free to add your comments below.
Good luck with all your plans!