International Literacy Day

In homage to my love of reading (even though I have less and less time to read these days) and to link in wonderfully with International Literacy Day, I have devised a ‘must read’ list.

As the evenings get darker and the weather gets colder, what’s better than curling up on the sofa, glass of wine in hand, to read a good book?

So here are some of my recommendations…

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (My all time favourite novel)

I’d say this is pretty Marmite, you’ll either love it and understand it, or it will leave you underwhelmed. Either way, it’s worth a read. A novel contrasting love and war, it bluntly thematically focuses on the way individual psyches experience trauma, whilst diverting the reader to pre-war flashbacks. Well written but not an easy read, it always get my vote.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The first instalment of an ever expanding series, it follows the story of a WWII housewife who finds herself, unexpectedly, travelling through time. Plenty of trials and tribulations follow as you learn about her story.


The Last Amateurs: To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew by Mark de Rond

Probably a slight curve ball on my list of ‘give it a go’ reading recommendations. This is an intense and personal account of a years training, pre Oxbridge Boat Race. This isn’t just about rowing, it summarises determination, pride and the never ending necessity to aim for standards that, to mere mortal men, should be well out of reach.

Is it just me? by Miranda Heart

For those you looking for a light hearted read this is the book for you. The book openly looks back at all those cringe worthy moments whilst growing up – providing us with practical advice to deal with all the unexpected blunders we face.  It had me in stiches!


By no means is this an exhaustive list of what to read, but I do hope it encapsulates a little of something for everyone. Be sure to pick up a book of any kind (put down the kindle and walk away) – and take the time to read it… properly!

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