Recommended Reading: August
I love a book list – hello, I work in publishing! But I especially love recommendations from voracious readers. Since I consider myself a voracious reader I thought I would create a reading list for the month of August.
This does not mean ‘Summer reads’ – although a lot of these are – but some genuine recommendations I would offer friends and family right now if they said ‘I need a good book’.
Jump on it! And feel free to recommend some books to me in the comments.
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
I’m starting totally biased – but honest! One of the biggest books of my career recently came out (last week!) and it is a great. A romance for cynics, written by the genuine lovely and incredibly hard-working Laura Jane Williams. You may know her of Becoming and Ice Cream for Breakfast fame – both of which I have read – but Our Stop is truly my favourite.
A gorgeous, realistic and hilarious romantic comedy set in the heart of London. I read it in a weekend and it was glorious.
In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais
If you’re after something a little quirky and a mix of genres then I definitely recommend this book. Written in verse, this is a romantic YA/literary romance story set in Paris and translated from French. I told you it was different. It has a bit of everything and one of the prettiest covers in existence.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesha Moshfegh
This is not going to be the book for everyone but those that enjoy will truly love it! It’s a proper literary masterpiece, which is lacking in plot but is beautiful nevertheless. Set in New York City prior to 9/11 the story follows a young, wealthy woman who decides to hibernate for one year after the deaths of her parents. But her annoying frenemy keeps bothering her.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Such a good historical read. As a person who studied history this is an in-depth, versatile read that takes the histories of each woman supposedly killed by Jack the Ripper and lays them in detail, ignoring their deaths almost completely. This is a story about the women, not their murderer. Fascinating.
My Girls by Todd Fisher
I have a real appreciation of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, even mores now that I’ve read this biography written by Debbie’s son and Carrie’s younger brother Todd. He doesn’t gloss over the drama, stupidity or mistakes but he also writes with so much love, this book will break your heart.
In At the Deep End by Kate Davies
Hilarious, filthy and utterly brilliant. The best LGBT book I’ve ever read. Simple as that.
Departures by Anna Hart
Anyone unsure of travelling should read this book. It is inspiring, funny and believable. There are no typical travel traits, no soul-searching just a simple desire to travel and documentation of said travels.
The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon
Anyone interested in spreading their wings beyond their 9-5 job should read this book. From starting a side-hustle to finishing a project or reconnecting with a hobby, this book is truly the best business book I’ve ever read mostly because it doesn’t read like a business book at all. It’s dependable and down-to-earth. Anyone could read this book and succeed afterwards.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
A lot of people will recommend Normal People, which is a fantastic book, but I recommend it’s predecessor instead. Conversations with Friends spoke to me – yes, cliche I know – in ways a book hasn’t done in a while or since. It’s lyrical yet understandable, realistic yet dream-like. A twisty book with a strong plot.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
If you’re after a classic then I say skip Pride & Prejudice and pick up The Bell Jar instead. This is a harrowing work or art from a woman beside her wits. I loved it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern
Finally we’re getting another book from this artist of a writer! The Night Circus is still one of the prettiest, atmospheric books I’ve ever read. I could genuinely taste caramel popcorn when I read this book and it was like I was at the Night Circus. Fantastic, majestic and bewitching.