book recommendations

Happy books:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  • Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes

Science Fiction


  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

YA contemporaries

Adult contemporaries:

  • Hot Mess by Lucy Vine
  • My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella

Personal Favourites

High Fantasy

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Elven by Bernhard Hennen
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu

POC main characters

LGBT+ main characters

  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (gay)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (gay)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (gay)
  • Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour (lesbian)
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson (bi + gay love interest)
  • Half Bad by Sally Green (bi + gay side character)
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (gay)
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (bi + gay side characters)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (bi + lesbian love interest)
  • More happy than Not by Adam Silvera (gay)

Based on Mythology

  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Greek)
  • First Frost by Jennifer Estep (a lot of European)
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris (Norse)
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Greek)
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Egyptian)
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Norse)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greek)

Historical fiction:

  • Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • The Son of the Light by Christian Jacq
  • The Stone of the Light by Christian Jacq
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White