Five for Friday – Books

Hey there,

Hope you are well today.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about feeling guilty because there are so many books I haven’t read and for one reason or another I feel I “should”.  I’m still in two minds about whether or not “should” will dictate any of my future reading – click here if you would like to see the original post.

I’ve talked a few times on the blog about my favourite books, although mainly about the books that have affected my life or influenced my wish to write.  Mostly, therefore, I’ve referred to books that I read when I was a child. I thought I’d bring things a little more up to date and share five books that are important to me from my (supposedly) grown up years. I’m not saying you “should” read them, only that I reckon you won’t be disappointed if you do. 🙂


Addition, Toni Jordan

Grace lives with a form of OCD. She counts everything in her life from the bristles on her toothbrush to the poppy seeds on her cake. She can’t live a “normal” life, but what is “normal” anyway and how can Seamus O’Reilly fit into her very structured world?

Fall Girl, Toni Jordan

Della Gilmore comes from a family of con artists. As Dr Ella Cranfield she sets her sights on millionaire Daniel Metcalf and elaborately plots to “encourage” him to donate to a bogus research project. Trouble is, Della hasn’t met anyone like Daniel before…

The Woman Destroyed, Simone de Beauvoir

Three separate stories, “The Age of Discretion,” “Monologue” and “The Woman destroyed” covering issues such as loss, loneliness and the fear of aging.

And the Band played on, Randy Shilts

Politics, People and the AIDS epidemic is the strapline. The book explores why AIDS spread in the US, highlighting the misplaced priorities and prejudices that enabled an epidemic.

The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria grew up in the care system but has now reached adulthood and must fend for herself. She takes refuge in the language of flowers, the meanings flowers were ascribed in Victorian times.

Are any of your favourites on this list? Which books would you most recommend? I’d love to know, so please get in touch either here or on twitter.

Have a great weekend 🙂

Elle xx

2 thoughts on “Five for Friday – Books

  1. Hmmm, I’m not good at being told I “should” do anything, and that goes for books too. I’ve never read any of your favourites, but I’ll certainly look them up!

    One of my favourites is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (it’s a bit of a beast at over 900 pages long!). I also love A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner, both by Khaled Hosseini. I think his writing style is nothing short of amazing and I’m looking forward to reading his new book.

    Have a great weekend, Elle! 🙂


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