This week’s #SixForSunday prompt is all about the books people always tell you to read. For this prompt, I had to trawl through my Want to Read shelf on GoodReads to remember the recommendations I have received over the years. A few hours later, I finally narrowed it down to the following six books.
All The Good Things by Clare Fisher | The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien | Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The first book I thought of when I saw this week’s prompt was All The Good Things. My bae Chelsea loves this book and has constantly recommended it to me since she read it. I bought it on my Kindle during a Monthly Deal buying spree, but I haven’t got round to reading it yet. I have a slight fear I’m not going to love it as much as Chelsea did, but I suppose there’s only one way to find out.
People at work are mystified I can read so many books, and every time the question of books come up, a colleague of mine always asks if I have read The Hobbit. I did read the first 100 pages or so when I was about 10 years old, but I don’t remember ever finishing it. I have a copy at my parents’ house but I keep neglecting it in favour of reading something else. I will read it one day!
When a book is beloved by some of your favourite authors, including Holly Bourne and Sara Barnard, there is only one thing to do: buy it. Station Eleven is a book they are always recommending, so I bought a copy on Kindle in the hope of loving it too. This book has been on my Kindle for over year now, but I haven’t found myself wanting to read it…
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara | Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens | The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
A few years ago, it felt that you couldn’t escape the mention of A Little Life. It seemed like everyone was reading it and proclaiming it was the greatest novel ever written, so like the sheep I am I bought a copy. I’ll be honest, the sheer size of this puts me off reading it, and it’s definitely the biggest book I’ve got on my Kindle. I think if I ever were to read it, I would need a full month off work to get through it!
Since I started book blogging, I have seen a lot of love for Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series. Again, I would probably need a month (or two) to read the entire series (so far), but I have no doubt it would be a fun-filled month. Perhaps I should do it at some point this year?
Finally, another book that always comes highly recommended from other bloggers is The Knife of Never Letting Go. You may recall that the Chaos Walking series is one of my reading resolutions for 2018, which means that I MUST read it this year. Someone slap me if I don’t.
What books do people always tell you to read?