30 Books You Need To Read

I absolutely love reading – when I get the chance to that is! I have an over flowing bookshelf and I am always eager to add to it. We all have our favourite go to books that we automatically think of, ones that make us laugh or cry and ones we want our children to grow up reading too. So I asked the blogging community to help me come up with 30 books that you should definitely add to your reading list!

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  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is my absolute favourite book and I can never put it down when I start it. I love the idea of a hidden safe garden with little robins flying around.
  2. The Harry Potter books. I always dismissed these as being books for kids but they are truly enthralling and so much better than the films. Beth from Twinderelmo
  3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a book i have read  several times and absolutely love it. It is a classic that must be read. Helen from All The Beautiful Things
  4. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read it at school and still love it now. Jen from Just Average Jen Kirsty from Life With Boys said she read it years ago and it struck a chord, 10 years later it still remains her favourite book.
  5. The magical faraway tree by Enid Blyton. This was my favourite book as a child. Who doesn’t love the idea of a magical tree with magical inhabitants and a magical land at the top? Mama, Eden and me
  6. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. It’s a lovely story about three orphans who become a family. It’s set in the 1930s so is all quite innocent too. Hannah from East Sussex Mummy.
  7.  A Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham a fab crime read about 3 couples on holiday in Florida. Emma   from Life In The Mum’s Lane.
  8. I love The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Its a magical book that I could read again and again. Its a love story but so much more than that too! Lauren from Scrapbook Blog
  9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s about clones who are bred simply to donate organs. It makes you think about how we should treat all people as equal. Erica at 92 Three 30
  10. Falling for a dancer – I’m not a reader, apart from the fact I don’t have time now anyway but I also found it hard to really get into a book, but there was something about this one. I’ve read it so many times and have about three copies of it too. They made it into a tv programme a few years ago too. Sarah from Arthur Wears
  11. Life on the other side by Nick Spalding. Pant wettingly funny. Samantha from Porridge And Parenting
  12. The lonely bones, it’s way better then the film and so beautifully written. Lindsay from Newcastle Family Life
  13. The Book Thief – I delayed reading it for ages but it was beautiful and a really different look at life under the Nazis. I sobbed for ages!! Hayley at Devon Mama
  14. Me before You by Jojo Moyes. One of my favourite books and never fails to break my heart. Laura from Five Little Doves
  15. Doctors by Erich Segal – brilliant coming of age book that goes through all the emotions. Helen from 2 Adults And 3 Children
  16. Rachel Vincent’s Shifter Series. I loved these books as soon as I picked them up, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t put them down! Rhiannon from The Life Of Mummy Rhi
  17. “Junk” by Melvin Burgess. It’s a YA read and probably nearly 30 years old but set in A heroin filled Bristol and tells the journey of addiction. Hannah from My South Bristol Yard
  18. Oprah Winfreys What I know For Sure. Makes you reevaluate your purpose in life and is such a motivational read. Tinuke from Circus Mums
  19. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. This book (fiction) taught me more about philosophy than Uni. And it’s a good story too. Debbie from My Boys Club
  20. Helen Forrester’s autobiography ‘Twopence to cross the Mersey’. There are three books that follow but this is a great read about a well-to-do family going bankrupt and living in the slums of Liverpool during the depression. Really interesting book and well written. Laura from Mum Guilt
  21. The Best Little Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron, A book about a girl who has anorexia nervosa. I read this book when I was a teenager and it has stayed with me. Jo from Pickle And Poppet
  22. The Light between two oceans by M L Stedman. Powerful story of a woman’s devotion to have a child. Just been made into a movie too. Nicola at The Mummy Monster
  23. I love The Island by Victoria Hislop; it’s set in Crete and includes a lot of the history of Spinalonga but it in a really moving way.. Maria from The Happy Mummy
  24. God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Beautiful story, incredible language, and guaranteed to make you think.  Victoria from Mummy Times Two
  25. All the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly. I devour them as soon as he releases them. They always keep me griped and the back story of the character develops with each one too. Plus, they’ve now turned it into a TV series which is brilliant! Catherine from Battle Mum
  26. The Mayor of MacDougal Street by Dave Van Ronk is a book I have recently enjoyed. A fascinating peep behind the scene of the 1960s folk music revival. Jo from Cup of Toast
  27. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s recently been made into a tv series and there is a film too. Its a dystopian story told from the perspective of a woman who (like other fertile women) is kept as a handmaid/surrogate by the ruling classes. Very interesting and it emphasises women’s culpability in their own subjugation, addressing the lengths some people will go to to maintain their own power by pitting women against each other. Natasha from Mummy And Moose
  28. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker is a book I would recommend. Such a moving tale and shocking insight into being a black woman in 1930’s Georgia. It’s a strong story of sisterhood and being the best you can be despite your start in life. Vicki from TippyTupps
  29. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. The ultimate spy-thriller-supsence novel. A monster of a book but such a fabulous read. Tinuke from Circus Mums
  30. The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend were a collection of books I read as a teenager. They give an interesting insight into the life of Adrian as he grows up in a difficult and sometimes amusing world.


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I think between us we manage to find quite a variety of good reads! Do you have any books that you would recommend to others? Are you more of a classics person or more of a fan of the newer best sellers?


10 thoughts on “30 Books You Need To Read

  1. Oooh, I love a good book! Some of these suggestions are awesome – now all I need is the time to actually read a book again! Perhaps this should be one of my summer goals!

    1. I would love for you to be able to enjoy reading again – it is tricky to find the time to relax with a book though these days.

  2. I had a copy of The Secret Garden on my bookcase for years but I’m not sure I ever got round to reading it properly – might need to think about reading that one in the future. I read the Harry Potter books pretty much as they came out. Chris and I had been married only a few weeks when I dragged him into town for the midnight release of the last book. He wouldn’t however, let me stay up and read it – I had to go home and sleep then I could read it in the morning.

    Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield – I only discovered these after watching You’ve Got Mail.
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    1. It’s a very good book; in my opinion! I enjoyed the Harry Potter books a they came out too!

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