Over on our Book discussion page The Cwts @ Reading Addicts, members are always asking for recommendations of what to read next, but this week one of our regulars posted “I thought it might be interesting for members to list the more memorable books you have read. I find some I read years ago and remember them well and others I have read more recently are completely forgettable.”
The list that this question produced was extensive and produced some interesting suggestions.
The following is a list of 30 of them, the first 10 were the most mentioned.
What would you add to the list?
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
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 Man Called Ove – Fredrik Bachman
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith
The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and suffering that were the lot of New York’s poor. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of Francie, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child, and of her family.
Anne Of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
When a scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are taken by surprise; they’d asked the orphanage for a quiet boy to help with the farmwork at Green Gables. But how can you reject a child like an unwanted parcel, especially when she tells you her life so far has been a ‘perfect graveyard of unburied hopes’? So the beguiling chatterbox stays. Full of imagination, spark and spirit, it is not long before Anne Shirley wins their hearts.
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret – a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons – well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel – would quite like the Rapture not to happen.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
Matilda – Roald Dahl
Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Amir and Hassan grow up together in Kabul. Amir in the beautiful house his father built, filled with marble, gold, tapestries and mosaics; Hassan in the modest mud hut in the servants’ quarters. The two are inseparable, and when twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament, his loyal friend promises to help him. But neither boy can predict what will happen to Hassan that afternoon – as the kites soar over the city – and how it will change their lives forever.
In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.
Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
In 1942 the war continued to rage on, Nazis decided on the ‘final solution’ and the worst of the Holocaust atrocities began with more than a million people exterminated in 1942 alone, while the rest of the year was dominated with battles, the US organising its military, and Japanese involvement in the war.
So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1942 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.
1941 was dominated by World War II. Germany invaded Poland, 10,072 men, women and children with mental and physical disabilities are asphyxiated with carbon monoxide in the first phase of mass killings by the Nazis, The V for Victory sign is first used as a form of resistance, and in better news Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak begins for the New York Yankees.
So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1941 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.
If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.
1940 was dominated by World War II. Food rationing began in the UK, the Soviet Union stepped into the war, Mussolini met with Hitler, and Germany invaded many countries including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, while Italy invaded Greece. It’s surprising there was time or peace for writing fiction.
So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1940 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.