28 April 2020

Books to Read

Maggie May's Books to Read

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, long before we were in lockdown.

As a self-confessed bibliophile {I just love that word}, there is of course a ridiculously long list of novels I would like to read - some new releases, some classics, and some books that I class as recent but on closer inspection actually came out around a decade ago...!

One of the most-read posts on the blog at the moment is Films to Watch - it's as if people are looking for things to do with their time?! - and so I thought adding this post to the archives might be extra useful for those of us looking for recommendations and suggestions to fill the time.


I set up a virtual book club a few weeks ago, and have found having a set book to read within a certain time frame has been great for providing some focus and routine. Why not set yourself a similar target? Or join in with our virtual book club and read along with us? {Leave me a comment below or tweet me if this is something you'd be interested in doing}.

Here is the list of books I'm aiming to read in the not-too-distant future {although having a newborn might disrupt those plans slightly...} I've put in links which take you to the Amazon listing for each book, so you have the option of both paper/hardback and Kindle edition. Enjoy browsing!

{I am required legally to feature an * after each link which means it is an affiliate link - i.e. if you click on it and end up purchasing the book, I may earn a small commission, but this will 100% not increase the price of the book!}

2 1 ST  C E N T U R Y  F I C T I O N

Girl, Woman, Other* by Bernardine Evaristo
The Testaments* by Margaret Atwood {I really enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale*}
An American Marriage* by Tayari Jones
Hamnet* by Maggie O'Farrell {I love her books, and this one sounds really different!}
The Silence of the Girls* by Pat Barker
Conversations with Friends* by Sally Rooney {I enjoyed Normal People* - didn't love it, but liked it}

S C I E N C E

This is Going to Hurt* by Adam Kay
Unnatural Causes* by Richard Shepherd
There Is No Planet B*, by Mike Berners-Lee
The Prison Doctor* by Amanda Brown

2 0 TH  C E N T U R Y  F I C T I O N

Amsterdam* by Ian McEwan
Love in the Time of Cholera* by Gabriel García Márquez
The Remains of the Day* by Kazuo Ishiguro
Frenchman's Creek* by Daphne du Maurier {Rebecca* is one of my most loved novels of all time}
Animal Farm* by George Orwell

P A R E N T I N G

The Unmumsy Mum* by Sarah Turner
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read* by Philippa Perry
The Yorkshire Shepherdess* by Amanda Owen
Letters on Motherhood* by Giovanna Fletcher

C L A S S I C S

Pride and Prejudice* by Jane Austen
Jude the Obscure* by Thomas Hardy
Madame Bovary* by Gustave Flaubert
Little Women* by Louisa May Alcott
Great Expectations* by Charles Dickens

This is just a snapshot of my to-be-read list {I could keep going for ages!} and I might try and post an updated list in a few months' time. Let me know if you've read any of these and if I should move a particular one to the top of my list, or equally if there are any I'd be better avoiding...

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