Being a self-confessed book lover, I wanted to share my 'reading list': not an English Lit A Level style reading list, but my five favourite books that I would urge anyone to read - there's something for everyone!

As you will see, each book has come from a recommendation from someone - so here are my recommendations to you.


THE CHAMBER | JOHN GRISHAM.

John Grisham is one of my favourite writers (along with Khaled Hosseini). It was my Dad who originally told me to read my first Grisham, and I have recommended that book to everyone I know - The Client. All Grisham books could be featured in my favourite books, however, this is the one I chose. As a legal thriller writer, all the novels have an edge, and this one is no exception. A prestigious lawyer battling for a death-row killer. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, the lawyer has minutes to save his clients life.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Chamber-John-Grisham/dp/0099537079
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THE DICE MAN | LUKE RHINEHART.

Again a recommendation from my Dad (can you tell where I get my love of books?) Honestly, at first I didn't enjoy the book, I remember telling my Dad how much I hated it - really selling the book now aren't I.. However, after completing it, I found the book kept playing on my mind. On University Psychology reading lists, the novel revolves around an ordinary man who gave his life to a dice. He simply did whatever the dice told him to do and left his life in the hands of fate. A rather shocking and thought-provoking book, which may not be the most enjoyable read, but is guaranteed to stay on your mind.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dice-Man-Luke-Rhinehart/dp/0006513905/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422618429&sr=1-1&keywords=the+dice+man

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AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED | KHALED HOSSEINI.

Khaled Hosseini never fails to disappoint, from the writing style to the twists and turns in every plot. Michaela did an exceptional job by recommending And The Mountains Echoed - a heart wrenching tale, revolving around the ethos of love and struggle. Cleverly executed as Hosseini tells the story of individuals, and in the final chapters every story comes together and the links are made apparent. A beautifully written novel and a beautiful storyline, which definitely brought a tear to my eye.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountains-Echoed-Khaled-Hosseini/dp/1408842459/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422618696&sr=1-1&keywords=and+the+mountains+echoed
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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS | KHALED HOSSEINI.

You know a book is really something when firstly, you decide to analyise it as Literature coursework. However, the real test is whether you still like the book or not afterwards. Bought for me as a gift by my English teacher years ago (another hint that it's a really good book), and still remains my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE NOVEL. The book spans over fifty years and is the tale of the tumultuous lives and relationships of two Afghan women. While also educating the reader briefly on Afghan politics and the rise of the Taliban, the story focuses on female struggle and again, the ethos of love. My favourite book to date and I will continue to read and reread this book for many more years.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Splendid-Suns-Khaled-Hosseini/dp/074758589X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422619084&sr=1-1&keywords=a+thousand+splendid+suns

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DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF | RICHARD CARLSON.

An entirely different style of book, however, one which remains firmly rooted in my favourites. An easy to read book, which does not have to be read in any order, with each page a differing way to live a positive and calmer life; filled with simple strategies to improve upon your life, and one I often pick up if I'm feeling wound up or a bit low. It truly reminds you that it's all small stuff.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Sweat-Small-Stuff-Simple/dp/0340708018/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422619491&sr=8-1&keywords=dont+sweat+the+small+stuff

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THE NEXT ON MY TO-READ LIST.
(Both Lucy Cox Recommendations.)



THE BOOK THIEF | MARKUS ZUSAK.

THE HELP | KATHRYN STOCKETT.

I purchased both well over a year ago, after Lucy persistently told me to read them. I have no excuse for not reading them because time and time again I come across excellent reviews of both. I think I'll start The Help tonight..

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