Asking a bookworm to choose a favourite book is very much like asking a parent to choose a favourite child, or so they say! However, 26 books – that’s entirely possible, so just for fun (and to try and chase away some of those Monday blues), I turned my attention to a list of my must-reads from A-Z. The only letter I struggled with was X (no prizes for guessing here), and some letters like L, P, W, S, M and T were unfairly over-represented, which made picking a book from those letters a little more difficult.

The books are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I’d love to hear which titles you’d add, or remove…also if you have any ideas for ‘X’, do send them my way.

  • A – A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
  • B – Being Mortal (Atul Gawande)
  • C – The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  • D – Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
  • E – East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  • F – A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  • G – Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond)
  • H – The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  • I – Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
  • J – Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  • K – Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
  • L – The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien)
  • M – My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
  • N – North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  • O – One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  • P – Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Q – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Speaking (Susan Cain)
  • R – Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig)
  • S – A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth)
  • T – Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Thomas L. Friedman)
  • U – The Undoing Project (Michael Lewis)
  • V – Voices from Chernobyl (Svetlana Alexievich)
  • W – When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
  • X – ??
  • Y – The Year of the Runaways (Sanjeev Sahota)
  • Z – The Zanzibar Chest (Aidan Hartley)

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I'm a compulsive reader always in search of new adventures. I love learning through travel and seeing the world through my camera lens. The books are ALWAYS better than the movies. I enjoy nothing more than a good book argument so feel free to disagree with me - it might lead to a fun conversation!

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