Last Read (and finished): Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Currently reading: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Next Read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
If you know anything about me, you will know that I love books. I have been reading books, well, since I could read. I was eight years old when I really got into reading, I discovered Enid Blyton and have not looked back since.
My genre has changed over the years, these days I’m not so much into fantasy as I am into thrillers. But more than anything, I love a good storyteller. There is nothing better than an author who can transport you from your every day, to a world full of dreams, hopes, and possibilities.
So to start off my series of book recommendations, here are three books of fiction that have left me in awe.
A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini
The Blurb (from Goodreads): Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.
A Thousand Splendid Suns, tells the heart-wrenching story of Miriam, a fifteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan who is forced into an abusive marriage. It also shows the struggles the community faces as the Taliban begins to take over. If you are following me on Instagram, you will see I have mentioned this book a few times. There is something about Khaled Hosseini as a storyteller, he has a way of taking you on a believable journey, where you see, feel, and smell everything as if you are there. I am always interested in cultural stories, especially ones that are real and current. This especially is a story that fascinated me and broke me. Khaled took my heart by the strings and held on long after I put the book down.
YOU By Caroline kepnes
The Blurb from Goodreads: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
I discovered Caroline’s work when I asked for book recommendations on Wattpad. Someone suggested YOU by Caroline Kepnes and I cannot thank her enough. I have read a lot of books that are so well written you are in awe. I have read books that take my breath away, but never have I read a book that had me written all over it. I’m not saying I’m Joe (the protagonist) but Joe is the kind of character I wish I had written. He is terrifying, and fascinating and leaves you wanting more. Caroline manages to take a completely unbalanced character and makes him likable. You feel guilty liking this clearly psychotic man, but you do, and that all comes down to genius writing.
Lovely Bones By Alice Seabold
The Blurb: My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Suzie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him about fertilizer.
I wasn’t so sure about Lovely Bones when it was first recommended to me. A colleague at work gave me the book, she said I would love it. When I read the blurb I thought, this woman obviously doesn’t know me. But it turns out she was right, within the first few pages I had got over the fact that a dead girl was telling this story. In fact, as it turns out Suzie’s POV was so chilling, it worked. She became an investigator to her own death and I was right beside her with baited breath begging her family and friends to find her killer.
There are many more on my bookshelf that I love, but these three books have stayed with me long after I put them down, either because of the originality, the voice, the storytelling or all three.
If you have read these books let me know what you think. Or if you have your own recommendations please pass them on! I am always looking for new reads.