Top 30 Most Memorable Reads

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.

The Book Thief

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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.

To Kill a Mockingbird

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

The Kite Runner

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5 Children’s Books with a Transgender Theme

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From 12th to 19th November it’s Transgender Awareness Week and with some governments pushing back against the trans movement and trying to lock down gender in laws, it’s never been so important to be a trans ally!

With that in mine, we’re suggesting some books for children today, all with a transgender theme. These books are designed to help understanding, in a kind and simple way and all come highly recommended.

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10 Recommended Books Set During World War I

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It was the greatest war the world had even seen and tallied sixteen million dead. From 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918 the world went to war in what became known as The Great War, and later World War I.

Such an event was always going to be documented over the years and a raft of World War I poetry, literature, and novels exist. Today we’re recommending some of our favourite reads set around the First World War, feel free to add your own in the comments.
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Top 30 Most Memorable Reads

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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. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: November

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts. We hope you find something that interests you. Here are the top 20 books for November, chosen by you! Read More

Why Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak is Still Relevant Today

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Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson is the novel that made her name. Published back in 1999, the book tells the story of a girl coping in the aftermath of being raped. Despite being almost twenty years old, the novel still has great relevance today as consent is still an issue, highlighted by the recent MeToo movement.

Speak is one of the most widely read books about rape and is even taught in schools across the US. Even today Laurie Halse Anderson visits schools with her work for RAINN to talk about the book’s message, and even today she is surprised at the responses she gets.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: October

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month we see the same book in the number 1 spot for a second month, it’s proven to be a massive bestseller and is now the top of our top 20 for two months running! Have you read any of the books below? We hope you enjoy the recommendations. Read More



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