I love books.
They’re the reason I started blogging in the first place.
Almost five years later, I’m still here.
Amongst the beauty products, the travel photos and the fashion posts, I try my hardest to share my thoughts about as many books as I possibly can. Guaranteed, they’re not as frequent as I’d like but there are plenty on my TBR list so lots are coming…
On Twitter, I get asked a lot for book recommendations and my first question is always, “which genre do you like to read?”
When you know what type of book you enjoy to read, you quickly become aware of so many authors, but how can you know which ones are superb?
I decided to put a list together of my top recommendations for a handful of genres, so next time someone asks me, I can point them in the direction of this blog post.
I’ll link to as many of my book reviews as possible so you can get more of an in-depth review of my thoughts. The ones in red are clickable links – FYI.
CHICK-LIT // WOMEN’S FICTION
Two of the strongest genres in the book industry – there are so many wonderful authors and believe me when I say, this was flipping hard to narrow down. I’ve opted for my ultimate favourites: the authors whose books I always look forward to reading, ones who never fail to impress me and who really draw me into their plots.
(FYI, I’ve read all of Paige’s books but majority of them are on my old blog which has now been deleted but still, she’s top of the list!).
Lucy in the Sky (2007)
Johnny Be Good (2008) – note, this is the first in a series.
Chasing Daisy (2009)
Pictures Of Lily (2010)
Baby Be Mine (2011) – second in the Johnny series.
One Perfect Summer (2012)
One Perfect Christmas (2012) – ebook only/short story after One Perfect Summer.
The Longest Holiday (2013) – my personal favourite.
Johnny’s Girl (2013) – ebook only/part of the Johnny series.
Thirteen Weddings (2014)
The Sun In Her Eyes (2015)
The One We Fell In Love With (2016)
The Last Piece Of My Heart (2017) – review coming soon!
The List (2014) – aka. the funniest book you’ll ever read
A Night On The Orient Express (2013)
Emma, why is romance different to chick-lit/women’s fiction? It just is, okay? Romance books focus solely on the love between two people whereas chick-lit sometimes has a sub-slot about jobs, children etc. That’s just what I’ve come up with anyway.
(Just like Paige Toon, I’ve read all of Nicholas Sparks’ books yet not all have been reviewed on my blog).
The Notebook (1996)
Message In A Bottle (1998)
A Walk To Remember (1999)
The Rescue (2000)
A Bend In The Road (2001)
Nights In Rodanthe (2002)
The Wedding (2003)
The Guardian (2003)
At First Sight (2005)
True Believer (2005)
Dear John (2006)
The Choice (2007)
The Last Song (2009)
Safe Haven (2010)
The Best Of Me (2011)
The Longest Ride (2013)
See Me (2015)
Two By Two (2016)
CRIME // MYSTERY // THRILLER
Throughout the last few years, I’ve really been enjoying crime, mystery and thriller novels. I’ve decided to put them all into one because most plots have a mixture of three.
The Girl On The Train (2015)
S J Watson
Second Life (2016)
The Forgetting Time (2016)
I may be 26 years old, but I still love reading YA because there is something quite addictive about the genre.
(You can read these books as stand alones, but Isla + Lola feature characters from the previous books so if you want to be familiar with them, read in this order).
Anna And The French Kiss (2014)
Lola And The Boy Next Door (2014)
Isla And The Happily Ever After (2014)
(Yup, not only does Paige write Chick-Lit, she also writes YA. These books follow on from the Johnny series about his daughter).
The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson (2014)
I Knew You Were Trouble (2015)
All About The Hype (2016)
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting (2014)
Am I Normal Yet? (2015) – Book #1 in The Spinster Club
How Hard Can Love Be? (2016) – Book #2 in The Spinster Club
What’s A Girl Gotta Do? (2016) – Book #3 in The Spinster Club
That is all the recommendations I have for you, so far…
This page will be updated when I feel like a book is worthy of a recommendation so if you want to keep on top of it, make sure to bookmark it!
If you have any, leave them in the comments!