Good Books to Read

Good books to read are plentiful, but finding them can be difficult unless you have a personal recommendation or honest review. So instead of listing just the good books that I read, I’ll review the books I read here including the good and the not-so-good!

Personally I like to read books that are based on true life stories or are about self improvement and positive thinking (which can be found on my top 10 inspirational books page) but very occasionally I’ll read a novel too.

Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson

I absolutely love this book. Richard Branson’s a complete inspiration. He takes any situation and makes it grow, always making more of whatever there is, always positive. His business concepts are an eye-opener and his energy unsurmountable!

Couldn’t recommend this enough!


See Losing My Virginity on Amazon

The Father

I wouldn’t have read this book if I hadn’t met the (co) author, and I was so inspired by his life story I just had to read the book.

Good books to read - The FatherAnd I absolutely loved it. The book is incredible because although it’s written as fiction, it’s based on his true life story growing up in a family with a very difficult father, leading to the brothers turning to crime and becoming bank robbers. The style is extremely readable and you really get the feel for the characters in this most incredible true tale…

I would recommend the Father as being a not-to-be-missed book for anyone who enjoys reading true stories (or bank robberies) but there are a few violent pages so bear that in mind if you’re sensitive. A page turner at its best.

Check out The Father: Made In Sweden on Amazon 

Eat Pray Love

A light hearted book for taking on holiday, reading on the train…

Good books to read - eat pray loveEat Pray Love is a soft read. There are parts that are a bit slow but you can skim through them easily enough and on the whole it gets the thumbs up from me as long as you don’t expect too much depth from it.

Don’t be put off if you’ve seen the movie, the book is a bit different from the movie of the same title.

I would recommend this to anybody who likes reading girly books about a personal journey told from a personal perspective.

See Eat, Pray, Love on Amazon

The Constant Princess

This is just one example book of Philippa Gregory as I’ve read many of them and I loved the series and the writing style, which is a can’t-put-it-down style.
Good books to read - The Constant Princess
The story keeps you turning the pages and all the while you learn about how things were in the past. Philippa Gregory knows her stuff and paints a real picture before your eyes with characters that are real and three dimensional.

A lovely way to read about history. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great story set in historical times.

See The Constant Princess on Amazon

Wild Swans

Good books to read - Wild swans

I read Wild Swans absolutely years ago but it’s one of those books that stayed in my memory because of the sheer quantity and quality of experiences and cultural differences that you live through as you read about three generations of the same family growing up in China.

If you’re interested in different cultural histories and personal stories of courage then you shouldn’t miss Wild Swans.

Check out Wild Swans on Amazon

The Girl on the Train

The Girl On The Train gets a mixed review from me. On the negative side I found the characters shallow & implausible. They also seemed far too similar to each other and all rather lacking in substance or morals.

Good books to read - the girl on the trainOn the plus side I found it easy reading and finished it in a couple of days. I stayed up late to finish it so there was something that kept me from giving up on the book.

This book is not for someone who’s looking for a meaty read to get their teeth into – but if you’re looking for a quick read to pass the time, it’s ok!

I kinda enjoyed it and hated it at the same time…but maybe both of those points are because it’s not a genre I would usually read.

See The Girl on the Train on Amazon

The Evacuation. A very British Revolution.

good books to read - the evacuation
Easy to read and eye-opening tales about and from children who lived through the evacuation from London.

A lovely little book if you’re interested in hearing true tales from that time in history. I personally really enjoyed this front row view of the London evacuation.


Check out the Evacuation on Amazon


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