Book Recommendations?

I treated myself to a new book the other day. After being holed-up in the house for days on end, reading reams of academic material I drifted into Waterstones seeking that familiar pleasure of being surrounded by books. I could spend hours in a bookshop just perusing the shelves, reading blurbs and trying to guess what I really should read next. And it really is a guess. There are just so many books out there to read and sometimes I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of literature I should appreciate.In the end I chose to purchase ‘The Shipping News’ by E. Annie Proulx; I have a feeling my very good friend recommended it. This will be my fieldwork treat when I need an escape from my academic woes. I am really looking forward to it and trying my utmost not to cheat and start it already – it’s going to be tough, the longing has begun and I recognise this feeling. I experienced this with Everything is Illuminated, Memoirs of Geisha, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and 1984. It’s that almost-obsession of wanting to forego everything else in life, including eating and sometimes, breathing just so you can read that little bit more.

shipping news

But while we are on the subject, I would love some more book recommendations please. Any must-reads you need to share? Please comment your ideas for me. It would really help my future trips to the bookshop and save my Dad the agony of loitering around the shopping centre waiting for me.


  1. First recommendations via facebook from my friend Shan:
    What is the what – Dave Eggers

    The history of love – Nicole Krauss

    If nobody speaks of remarkable things – Jon McGregor (and his other books too)

    The heart is a lonely hunter – Carson McCullers

    Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

    Vernon God Little – DCB Pierre (SO funny)

    Three Cups of Tea (not yet read but had lots of recommendations)

  2. Hello. First time reader and thought I'd be a first time commenter too! These all sound far more grown up than my suggestion, but I just became a bit obsessed with One Day, David Nicholls.

  3. I do believe in reading a wide range of literature, so this is great. Thank you G! I will add it to my list.

  4. What a lovely post! I had a wonderful experience in a local Baltimore book shop not too long ago. It was full of amazing second hand books and had a sale on selected reads: 50cent paperbacks, $1.00 hardcovers. Can you believe it? I picked up a few golden oldies myself and my boyfriend picked up a first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Happy reading!



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