The Alphabet of Must-Read Books

For anyone that loves books as much as I do, then you will probably have no doubt always imagined paradise to be a kind of library. Books just have something special about them that nothing else matches. Carrying a book is like carrying about a portable bit of magic; magic that has the ability to make you happy, sad, smile, cry, wonder in amazement and think from a new perspective. They are the best way to enlarge that little bit of the world we can call ours.

But choosing what to read next is always hard (read: impossible). There are just so many books out there. The ones that have snatched the attention of an agent and commanded a huge budget to be spent on marketing and the ones that never found the right agent on the right day and made their way into people’s conscious on merit, affection, and word of mouth. It is so hard knowing what to commit the next two, or maybe five, weeks to. Which book deserves your money and, most importantly, your attention?

Well, I have decided this decision process needs to be more structured and organized and tangible, and that is why I’ve recently started listing books that people are talking about. In restaurants, on the bus, in the street and book shop. Every book on this list was spoken about with pure ecstasy. They are apparently masterpieces. They are books that give a masterclass in how to avoid being complacent in a sentence, in any single sentence, books that are perfect in their own imperfect ways. And what I have done is compiled them into a sort of A-Z of indirectly recommended books. Hopefully, it will help you get through this year without wasting any time at all. Enjoy.

A

Affable in Adversity by W. Hunter. H

B

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

C

Castle Of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

D

Dragonfish by Vu Tran

E

Em And The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

F

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

G

Gulp by Mary Roach

H

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

J

Journal Of A UFO Investigator by David J. Halperin

K

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

L

The Last Confessions Of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

M

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

N

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

O

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

P

Pour Me by A.A. Gill

Q

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

R

Room by Emma Donoghue

S

The Stranger by Albert Camus

T

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

U

The Unchangeable Spots Of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

V

Vaclav And Lena by Haley Tanner

W

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

X

X In Flight by Karen Rivers

Y

You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris

Z

Zane And The Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick