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9 books to kickstart your reading habit

Including easy-to-read books, our favourites from last year and some highly anticipated 2024 releases.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 10.01.2024

EASY READS

How to get into reading: 9 books to kickstart your reading habit

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

“Nearly everything I know about love, I’ve learnt from my long-term friendships with women.”

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming an adult, journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all.

In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, finding a job, getting drunk, getting dumped, realizing that Ivan from the corner shop might just be the only reliable man in her life, and that absolutely no one can ever compare to her best girlfriends.

Everything I Know About Love is about bad dates, good friends and—above all else— realizing that you are enough.

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How to get into reading: 9 books to kickstart your reading habit

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

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The Rachel Incident by Caroline O'Donoghue

When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr Byrne, her best friend James helps her devise a plan to seduce him. But what begins as a harmless crush soon pushes their friendship to its limits.

Over the course of a year they will find their lives ever more entwined with the Byrnes’ and be faced with impossible choices and a lie that can’t be taken back.

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2023 FAVOURITES

How to get into reading: 9 books to kickstart your reading habit

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Andy loves Jen. Jen loved Andy. And he can’t work out why she stopped.

Set adrift on the sea of heartbreak at a time when everything he thought he knew about women, and flat-sharing, and his friendships has transformed beyond recognition, Andy clings to the idea of solving the puzzle of their broken relationship. Because if he can find the answer to that, then maybe Jen can find her way back to him.

Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend’s side of the story.

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How to get into reading: 9 books to kickstart your reading habit

The List by Yomi Adegoke

Ola Olajide, a high-profile journalist, is marrying the love of her life in one month’s time. Young, beautiful, successful – she and her fiancé Michael seem to have it all.

That is, until one morning when they both wake up to the same message:

‘Oh my god, have you seen The List?’

It began as a list of anonymous allegations about abusive men. Now it has been published online. Ola made her name breaking exactly this type of story. She would usually be the first to cover it, calling for the men to be fired. Except today, Michael’s name is on there.

With their future on the line, Ola gives Michael an ultimatum to prove his innocence by their wedding day, but will the truth of what happened change everything for both of them?

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Talking at Night by Claire Daverley

Will and Rosie meet as teenagers.

They’re opposites in every way, but over secret walks home and late-night phone calls they become closer, destined to be one another’s great love story.

Until, one day, tragedy strikes and any possibility of them being together shatters.

But that tragedy – and their history – is what will connect them forever.

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2024 RELEASES

How to get into reading: 9 books to kickstart your reading habit

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

‘There were seven of us in all, trapped on the island. One of us was a murderer…’

On a small private Greek island, former movie star Lana Farrar – an old friend – invites a select group of us to stay. It’ll be hot, sunny, perfect. A chance to relax and reconnect – and maybe for a few hidden truths to come out.

Because nothing on this island is quite what it seems. Not Lana. Not her guests. Certainly not the murderer – furiously plotting their crime…

But who am I? My name is Elliot Chase, and I’m going to tell you a story unlike any you’ve ever heard.

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The Women by Kristen Hannah

Women can be heroes, too.’ When twenty-year-old nursing student, Frances “Frankie” McGrath, hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. So when her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the young men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed America. Frankie will also discover the true value of female friendship and the heartbreak that love can cause.

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Funny Story by Emily Henry

Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met, fell in love, and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra.

Which is how Daphne begins her new story: Stranded in Waning Bay, Michigan, without friends or family and proposing to be roommates with the only person who could understand her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles.

The roommates mainly avoid one another, until one day, while drowning their sorrows, they form a tenuous friendship and a plan. If said plan also involves posting deliberately misleading photos of their summer adventures together, well, who could blame them? But it’s all just for show, of course, because there’s no way Daphne would actually start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex…right?

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