My favourite books

Dear friends,

I have always been an avid reader. However, despite the extra free time due to physical distancing, I have found it very difficult to focus on reading anything that is not COVID19 related. Finally this week I decided to open up my eReader and I downloaded some new books. I am happy to report that I have rediscovered my love of reading and can’t wait to dive into my next one.

For the sake of your mental health, I strongly recommend to try to take a break from COVID19 worries and to pick up a book to read for pleasure. It is an instant mood lifter and the best form of escapism.

Here is a list of the best books I have read over the past few years. The asterisks are for books I have most recently read. If you want to learn more about each book, please click on the link which will take you to their Goodreads page.

The criteria to make my favourites book list include:

  • Well written
  • Captivating plot and characters
  • Not too gruesome
  • Ends in a satisfying way
  • Over 4 stars in GoodReads (or very close to 4)

(Note: I tend to avoid non-fiction, fantasy and science fiction.)

I will continue to add books to this page as I recommend them, so please visit often!

By the way, if you don’t have an eReader yet, now might be the time to buy one. I have a Kobo and a Kindle (I prefer the Kindle as it carries more titles). EReaders allow you to download the first few chapters of a book before you commit to buying it.

Please share your favourites in the comments below so that I can read them and maybe add them to my list!

The Heart’s Invisible Furies
All the light we cannot see
The Goldfinch
The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 
The Perfect Couple
The Alice Network
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The Power
The Secret Wife
The Marrow Thieves
Tell no one
Big Little Lies
The Air You Breathe
*Where the Crawdads sing
The song of Achilles
*Daisy Jones and the Six
The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared
*An American Marriage
*The Silent Patient
*Educated
*Dear Wife
*City of Girls
Beautiful ruins
*The Testaments
*Swimming with Horses
Fall on your knees
Cutting for Stone
The Secret Life of Bees
The Book Thief
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Glass Castle
The memory keeper’s daughter
Room
Mister Pip
Middlesex
The Poisonwood Bible
The Help
The Birth of Venus
The Book of Negroes
A complicated kindness
*Long bright river
*Followers
*American Dirt
Lullabies for little criminals
*Nothing to see here
*Recursion
Becoming
A fine balance
The invention of wings
*An absolutely remarkable thing
*Ask again, Yes
*Little Fires Everywhere
*The Henna Artist

8 thoughts on “My favourite books

  1. Thanks for this list, Sylvia. A book I think you might like is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Such a unique piece of historical fiction-and the audiobook is stupendous. Be well!

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  2. Hi, Sylvia~ I am a fan of your work, though I myself am no artist! Grateful for your list of favorite bks, I wonder if you have ever tried any of Ann Patchett’s books (Bel Canto, and Patron Saint of Liars, and several others) or any of Gary Schmidt’s books (which are aimed at children, but are endearing and strong and lovely), like Wednesday Wars, or Trouble, (my favorite of his)…? I deeply love and recommend Barbara Kingsolver’s newest bk called Unsheltered, and another amazing writer is Ruth Ozeki. Her A Tale for the Time Being is a mesmerizing read! Anything that Elizabeth Strout has written, also! Hope you don’t mind that my list is so long…I don’t draw at all, sadly, but reading is my deepest pleasure. Blessings~

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    • Hi Catie, I do love Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Strout, too, thank you for the reminder! I have heard wonderful things about Unsheltered: will definitely check it out. Thanks for taking the time to respond and happy reading!

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  3. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing criteria (like) and inspiring list of books. Will certainly explore.
    My tip: It has been so long since I have been reading non-fiction, but one I could not put down was:
    The Exception by Christian Jungersen: A psychological thriller about four women in an office (1½ year on Danish bestseller list).

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