Some books I like that you might like.
“If you name an important book there is a very good chance I haven’t read it. I’m not against important books. I hope to write one someday. But I read what I like, before I read what’s important. That’s who I am.” Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Here are some books that I like that you might too. They’re organised by mood – that’s not always how we choose to buy, but it’s always how, in the end, we choose what to actually read.
The links all go to Amazon so you can see more info. But since most of them are old you can easily get them secondhand or on Ebay. Or at the library!
Oh and they’re all by women.
You’re thinking about growing up.
- Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
- Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Frost in May by Antonia White
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
- Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
- Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
- The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
- Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
You want happiness, warmth and comfort.
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
- Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
- 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
You want a new gang of female friends.
You want to feel gripped.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
- Possession by A.S. Byatt
- Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
You want to cry.
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Brick Lane by Monica Ali
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
You want something that feels modern, revolutionary.
- No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life by Sheila Heti
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould
You believe in art and love.
- Just Kids by Patti Smith
- Stravinsky’s Lunch by Drusilla Modjeska
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- The Heart Garden: Sunday Reed and Heide by Janine Burke
You want Downton Abbey in book form.
- The Light Years (the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle, read them all!) by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Now my question is: you know what I like, so what should I read next?