My favourite books (part 3 – novels)

November 9, 2023

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Is there anything better than losing yourself in an amazing book?! In this three-part series I’m counting down my all-time favourite books. This was SO hard to narrow down! 

Here we go – in no particular order – my favourite page-turning novels to lose yourself in … 

  1. Still Life – Sarah Winman*
  2. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  4. Someone Knows My Name – Lawrence Hill
  5. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah*
  6. Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
  7. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doer*
  8. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak*
  9. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  10. Horse – Geraldine Brooks
  11. The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri
  12. Bear Town – Fredrik Backman*
  13. Call Me by your Name – André Aciman
  14. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
  15. American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins
  16. The Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
  17. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini*
  18. Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan*
  19. A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale
  20. Wonder – RJ Palacio
  21. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  22. The Fault in our Stars – John Green
  23. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne 
  24. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate 
  25. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  26. We are Called to Rise – Laura McBride 
  27. Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
  28. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker
  29. The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez 
  30. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
  31. The Overstory – Richard Powers
  32. Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

NB: To narrow it down, I’ve limited it to one book per author, but have asterisked those authors who have multiple other books that I also love.

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