27 Reads Before Turning Twenty Seven


1. The Girl on the Train – Paul Hawkins
A psychological thriller that explores some fundamental relationship issues in a realistic, heart-wrenching manner. You can’t help but feel a little crazy yourself as you see the world through the main character, Rachel’s, heart-broken, alcoholic mind. An easy read, with those cool short chapters that shift between characters within the book.

2. Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
I read this book in a day. I literally could not put it down. There are two distinct things I love about Jodi Picoult. The first, is her relentless imperative to research the information in her books so well that, as a reader, you are wow’d by the realistic setting you are thrown in to. Jodi has really outdone herself with the book where we discover the worlds of elephants, psychics and, as usual, forensics and law enforcement.The second is her ability to switch from character to character, give you whiplash, and keep you chasing more. Sorry, there is a third, her undeniable ability to chuck in a heart-stopping twist at the end that completely throws you off the rails and leaves you with a book ending you will never forget. This book reminded me of her master piece, My Sister’s Keeper (the first adult novel I ever read!). Highly, highly, highly recommend. You grow attached to elephant characters, you don’t know who to trust or where anything is heading. It’s impeccable.

3. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
A really great account of parental pressures and unknowably over-loving someone. This read depicts the relationships within a family with such authenticity and real-life ferociousness that you can’t help but relate and cringe at times. I found this an incredible read that really highlights why, as individuals, it’s great to sort our own emotional shit out before delving into relationships, being parents and living our truths. A grave expression of love, teenage growth, life and family.

4. All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

5. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
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6. We are Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

7. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

8. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

9. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

10. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

11. The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan

12. Deeper Water – Jessie Cole

13. The Hours – Michael Cunningham

14. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

15. I Came to Say Goodbye – Caroline Overington

16. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

17. Finish ‘1Q85’ – Haruki Murakami

18. Finish ‘The Girl who Played with Fire’ – Stieg Larsson

19. The Girl with the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

20. Sarah’s Key – Kristen Thomas

21. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

22. Girl at War – Sara Nović

23. Disclaimer – Renee Knight

24. The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez

25. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Relin

26. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

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