Welcome back to another version of Liked This? Read That! The first post was so much fun to read and had a great reception, so as I approach my 100th post here on AndOnSheReads (this is post number 99!) I thought it would be a good time to do round number two. You can find the first post here if you’d like to read it again, or maybe read it for the first time, if you’re reading these in reverse. They’re entirely separate in nature, but my statistics would love you to see both.
Last time around I listed four books, and then four more books in turn I’d recommend if you liked them. Today we’re going to do the same thing, but with five books that I’m really excited to share with you. As previously, they are a bit of a weird mix when looked at together, but I’m trying to cover as many different genres and preferences as possible. This works really well for me as I read an eclectic mix of books, from forensic textbooks to historical fiction! No forensic textbook recommendations here, though, I’ll spare you that! So here we go.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I reviewed this book right back at the beginning of my book blogging time, but the impact it left has been huge. I think about it often, and recommend it all the time. The beautiful writing doesn’t take away from the harrowing story line, and the happiness that is found is bittersweet. But this is why it’s an important book to read. I said that at the time, and given the situation in the world, I’ve only become more sure we all need to read it.
This Green and Pleasant Land
This book doesn’t get nearly enough praise, and was one of the books that I really took a lot from last year. The story focuses around a family trying to find their place in their local community, especially when they all of a sudden start to stick out for their religion. I haven’t suggested this one because it also has a Muslim family in it, but because it’s about finding your place in a world that suddenly seems fixed against you, which is a familiar theme to the above book.
This Is Going To Hurt
I’m far from the first person to make a recommendation of this book, but I’m going to count myself as special for making a recommendation based on the book. High five me! Adam Kay’s bestseller was a ground breaking book especially at a time when the pressure on the NHS was becoming so painfully obvious. It’s not an easy book to read, but an important one, especially with a pandemic crushing it right now. NHS staff working hard to keep us all safe in every way, and I’m so grateful for that.
The Prison Doctor
I read this book in almost one sitting, I was so utterly fascinated by it. It’s one of those books where I can remember exactly where I was when I was reading it, turning the pages, regardless of how long ago it was. This book covers the pressure medical professionals face in even more extreme circumstances, following the life of a doctor switching from GP to prison medic. Another hard hitting but important book, if real life stories are of interest to you, this is a must.
No one quite hits the Gothic structure and feel of novels like Daphne du Maurier, and Rebecca is a work of power as well as curiosity. It is a work of legend and has been translated around the world. If nothing else, the book teaches us that marrying a wealthy widower is something to go into with caution if he lives in a big creepy house. Haunted by the memory of the title character, this book is perfect for a spooky, engulfing read.
Laura Purcell’s latest chilling historical fiction is set on the Cornwall coast, following the journey of a young woman who has taken the position of a servant after running away from drastic circumstances. When she arrives, she finds the woman she is bound to care for is obsessed with the collection of china she has accumulated, locks on doors with numbers ticking over, and other bizarre occurrences. For fans of historical fiction, creepy reads, or simply unusual books.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A completely unique book set with an unreliable – yet endearing – narrator, travelling through her life in parts that she couldn’t predict, and flashes of the past that have had left their mark on her beyond what she can acknowledge. I loved this book despite feeling irritated by Eleanor at first, and found the truly honest-to-herself style of the character to be utterly wonderful.
This book on the surface could not be more different, and yet here again is a book about a woman finding her way through the world with her own difficulties and troubles to balance out. She is, again, slightly unreliable as a narrator, but for entirely different reasons. Queenie is an adorable character and you quickly fall in love with her, even if you do question her decision making at times! She’s very different from Eleanor, but they are both wonderful, strong women.
Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng wrote four drafts of this novel, eventually released in 2014. Everything I Never Told You looks at the impact on a family when their middle child is found drowned in the town lake. Through snippets of the information the family gather about her, and trying to move on with their lives, we see the damage caused and the pain they are all dealing with in different ways. Impactful, painful, and individual, this book is one to read for so many different people. Whether you like general fiction, mysteries or psychological twists, you’ll find something in this.
What’s Left Of Me Is Yours
I wrote about this book recently, and although I said almost everything I could possibly say there, it’s worth adding that despite reading several books since I wrote about this one, it’s stayed with me. It’s beautifully written and painful to read, in that all so wonderful way that beautiful books can be. I highly recommend it, and my review, for that matter.
Well, there we go, five more books. I really hope this post is helpful! Let me know if you’ve got any other recommendations linked to these, or if you want to read anything else.