Book Recommendations!

This weekend, I am heading off to China for a work trip, and as anyone who reads my more ‘personal’ blog posts will know, I Do Not Sleep. Especially not on flights. So, yesterday I put out a call on Facebook and Twitter. I asked my lovely friends to recommend books for me to download onto my Kindle and keep me company on the flight. The only limit I imposed was that “I don’t do chick-lit”.

And what a list they provided!! I’d already read quite a few of them, but not the majority, which is very exciting for a book-inhaler such as myself. Anyway, I thought I’d put them all here for my lovely blog readers. Amazon links provided, but if you want to buy it in paper form, please try your local, independent bookshop where possible!

In no particular order:

Capital: A Novel by John Lanchester

The Box by Marc Levinson

King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett

London by Edward Rutherford

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Slumdog millionaire by Vikas Swarup

The Alchemist by Paul Cohelo

Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

What the Robin Knows by Jon Young

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Once In A House On Fire by Andrea Ashworth

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Q by Luther Blissett

Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

Axemaker’s Gift by James Burke

The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston

Stiff by Mary Roach

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman

The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo

Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple

Packing For Mars by Mary Roach

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

Armour by John Steakley

The Hustler by Walter Tevis

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

Isambard Kingdom Brunel by LTC Rolt

Red For Danger  by LTC Rolt

Why England Lose by Simon Kuper

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Three dollars by Elliot Perlman

Crucial Confrontations by Kelly Patterson, Jospeh Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

And a couple of recent excellent reads from me too….

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Reason I Jump by David Mitchell

Thanks to Alex, Lynne, John M, Alison, Tracey, Cat, Leanne, Peter, Studio, Mark, Bruce, Keith, Kate NS, Linds, Pip, Ailswyth, Jason, Shell, Kate J, Andrew, James, Jeremy, Bish, Emma, Jackie, Corrinne, Anna S, Anna CW and John C for all of your wonderful suggestions! My wallet has taken a battering but I have a very happy Kindle 🙂

Can you guys offer any others??