Book Recommendations

These are the recommendations from recent years.

2017 recommendations:

  • This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell (CD, EC)
  • A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Steward (CD)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (CD)
  • The Trouble With Sheep And Goats (CD)
  • Late Summer In The Vineyard (CD)
  • Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
  • Small Great Things by Jodie Picoult (CD)
  • A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory is about the slave trade (“stays with you afterwards” – PJ)
  • Cutting For Stone by Abrham Verghese (PJ)
  • All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (CD)
  • At The Edge Of The Orchard by Tracey Chevalier (EC)
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (EC)
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (EC)
  • Elizabeth is Missing (NB) – a sensitive portrayal of a woman’s slide into dementia
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – about the black women who helped America win the space race
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (EC and CD)
  • What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (CD)
  • Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow by Daniel Kahnemann (BH)
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (NB – “Fascinating”)
  • Darkness Visible by William Golding (“The best book I’ve ever read” – BH)

2016 recommendations:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (recommended by all of us)
  • The Tale of Edgar Sawtelle.(recommended by all of us)
  • The Help (CD, EC)
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle┬áby Barbara Kingsolver (NB, EC)


2015 recommendations:

  • The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer is recommended by Nicole and Nicky
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is recommended by Eefie who says “I quite often find myself thinking about it, vividly recalling certain scenes”
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is recommended by Nicky and Catherine: “captivating, funny, shocking, beautifully written.”
  • Perfect by Rachel Joyce is recommended by Nicole
  • Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is recommended by Nicky and others
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier