Here's a few books that I would recommend reading...
This is such a great book! It's so different and unique. It's narrated by Don who is a university professor and who's life is governed by very strict routine and logic. His brain is wired differently to most people, and he's not great in social situations. However, he's very endearing and he does try very hard not to offend or upset people, his heart is certainly in the right place even if he accidentally says the wrong thing! He's decided he needs a wife so he applies his logical approach to dating, which is interesting to say the least! Enter Rosie, who is spontaneous, fun and always late- the complete opposite to the kind of person Don is looking for. If you liked 'The Curious Case of The Dog in the Night Time' you will love this. I couldn't put it down.
I couldn't put this down, I finished it within 24 hours, and that's with work and a trip to the cinema in between! I was reading it at every spare moment I could, from eating my breakfast/lunch to simply making a cup of tea. It's written in the style of a series of letters that start from when the two main characters (Rosie and Alex) are just age 5, and they continue all the way up to when they're middle aged. It's a simple plot but it's so gripping, I couldn't stop reading it or thinking about it. It made me laugh and cry as well as shout out in frustration! I got so involved, it really is a great read. There's actually a film that's just come out based on this book called 'Love, Rosie' too which I can't wait to see.
(I do seem to have a thing for books about people called Rosie- it's not just because it's a good name, honest!!).
The Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth
If you're a fan of the Hunger Games or the Delirium Trilogies you'll like this one. It's a similar kind of story in that it's set in a dystopian future, where the country is divided into 'factions' based on people's personality. Tris is 16 years old and has to be sorted into a faction, except her personality is not that easily sorted. She fits into three factions, making her 'divergent', which is very dangerous in this society as they are hunted and killed. Therefore, she has to keep her true identity secret, and the series is all about her journey. Certainly a page-turner, it's packed full of action!
The Shardlake Series - C J Sansom
I've loved the Shardlake series from the very first book (Dissolution). They contain everything from great characters, a mystery, an interesting setting with Henry VIII's rule and a thrilling conclusion. Shardlake is a hunchback lawyer living in Tudor England. He takes on some great cases, and, along with his sidekick, manages to solve some thrilling cases and wriggle out of some very tricky situations! I'd go as far as to say these books are my favourites of all time- certainly in my top 3.
The new one (6th) Lamentation has just come out and I've just started it- it's just as good as the rest!
Paper Towns - John Green
This is another YA read, but a very good one! Quentin has always loved Margo, the cool and quirky girl at school, and would do anything for her. When she goes missing he is therefore determined to find her. She leaves behind a series of clues for him to follow, resulting in a crazy chase all around the country. Quentin finds out a lot about himself and the real Margo along the way. It's a great read with lots of twists and turns.
What do you think of these books? What books would you recommend I read? I'd love some suggestions in the comments!