Call us greedy, but our perfect activity involves a huge pile of wool blankets and a big stack of books, no matter the time of day. Earlier in the year we shared our top 3 books but, now with autumn fast approaching, we'd thought it's time to recommend a few more. Here are 5 novels we've loved to add to your reading list.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
From the same author who wrote Big Little Lies, this is a thriller you won't be able to put down!
One house. Nine strangers. Ten days that will change everything...The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them...
Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Kazuo Ishiguro explores the idea of love and what it means in this futuristic novel.
The book is told from the point of view of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities. From her place in the store she watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges her circumstances may change forever and Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is coming soon to the big screen, but is also widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.
Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making interstellar travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet, the inhospitable desert world Arrakis. Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe. This is a novel full of betrayal, fight for hope and a journey that will change everything.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of Year 2021, The Midnight Library explores the idea that between life and death, there is a library.
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. The books in the library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
If you love mythogloy this is the book for you. Set in Greece in the age of heroes, Patroclus is an awkward young prince exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.
Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince and, as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper (despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess). When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
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