Our Top Five Books
With more time indoors, what better way to spend it than by getting absorbed in a brilliant book? Transporting you to another time and place, have a read of our synopses below and make your choice.
Want to add a bit of socialising to your reading? Why not set up a virtual book club, pick one of the below, read separately, and schedule a call or video call to check-in and discuss!
Did you know?
You can download the Kindle app free on your smartphone or tablet. So even if you don’t own any of these books you can download them from Amazon. Amazon also has hundreds of free books for you to choose from.
Our Regional Community Manager, Charlotte, has put together a list of her top picks below.
And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
I love Agatha Christie, but this book, in my opinion, is the best she’s written and no famous detective in tow! 10 mysterious strangers are all invited to an island by an eccentric millionaire, who of course, is nowhere to be found. Then they start dying.
By Daphne du Maurier
This book is a classic, and being first published in 1938, still has readers’ attention. The famous line, ‘last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’ transports me back to when I first read this novel and I’m sure I’m not alone.
The novel begins in Monte Carlo where our heroine (we never find out her name!) is swept off her feet by the recently widowed, Maxim de Winter. When they arrive home at his country estate, she realises the effect his late wife will cast over their lives together – with the evil that threatens to end their marriage from beyond the grave.
By Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s moral dilemma’s strike again in this beautiful book. A story of friendship between Sage, a young baker, and Josef, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group. Then Josef reveals a shameful secret and asks Sage for an incredible favour. The decision of what to do will challenge Sage’s identity and all the assumptions she’s made of her families’ lives.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
By J K Rowling
This book needs no introduction. If you know the films, but have never read the books I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, find a quiet corner and tuck in. I mean, after all, if not now, when? For those that don’t know, the Harry Potter series is based around a young boy, Harry, who discovers a secret; he’s a wizard!
The Shadow of the Wind
By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
If you love books and reading, you’ll love this. Set in Barcelona in 1945, Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son discovers a book, The Shadow in the Wind by Julian Carax. He decides to find the author’s other works, but discovers that someone has been destroying every book Carax has ever written. Daniel may, in fact, hold the last of Carax’s books.