Good reads to snuggle up with

Lou Likes: good books to read this winter

With a chill in the air and snow on the ground (although not enough to close my kids’ schools much to their disappointment!), it’s the perfect time to cosy up with a good book.  It’s been a while since I shared my good reads in the summer so here’s what’s had me turning the pages recently:

Historical Fiction
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – one of the best books I’ve read in ages!  Beautifully written, set in occupied France during WW2 focusing on the bravery of many French women and families despite the horrors they had to go through.
The Tatoowist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – I didn’t realise that this is based on a true story til after I had finished it which makes it all the more powerful.  It’s very simply written to reflect the stark setting but the human stories draw you in.

Our House by Louise Candlish – a real pager turner about a woman who comes back to find someone has bought and moved into her house without her knowledge.  Lots of twists and turns right til the end!
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh – another one with loads of “just when you thought it was all over” twists.  Equally as readable as the other thrillers by this ex-police officer.

Non Fiction
Red Notice by Bill Browder – a incredibly engaging, easy-to- read.  It reads like a thriller but it’s scary to think this account by the largest foreign investor in Russia is true.  It uncovers corruption and the horrendous treatment of one his lawyers.  I didn’t know this before, but a red notice is an Interpol request for countries to locate and arrest an individual.
This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – the diaries of a junior doctor.  Very funny and also emotional and makes a very serious point about the treatment of our junior doctors.  I recently read that he’s making a TV series based on the book and is also working on a new book, so one to look out for if you’re amongst the many that have already read this one.

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey – I loved this collection of essays and thoughts narrated by Oprah in her soothing voice.  Although I actually think I will also buy the book as her words are so wise it feels like a nice one to come back to when you need to take a quiet five minutes.

The 4 pillar plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee  – I’ve read a lot of interviews with this sensible-sounding GP so thought I would try one of his books.  I love his approach of practical tips for a balanced lifestyle across the 4 pillars of relax, eat, move and sleep.  I’ve heard very good things about this new book on stress and also his podcasts which I’ll be trying.  I’ve also just seen he’s did a new ITV show this week linked to his new book.

Perhaps like many of you, I was lucky enough to receive “Becoming” by Michelle Obama for Christmas.  Have you started it yet?  I am loving it.  Elegant and fabulously written just like her #totalgirlcrush.

What’s next on my wish list
Educated by Tara Westover – the memoir of a self-educated mormon girl whose family didn’t believe in schools or hospitals or even registering her birth.

What’s on your wish list? I’d love to hear your recommendations!


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