The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

For more works of narrative journalism and strange crimes, try these:

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper for a thoughtful exploration of the uneasy relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm for a masterclass by one of the most intellectually and morally precise writers around. 

Night Games by Anna Krien for an explosive examination of sex, power and sport, focusing on a rape trial that divided fans and feminists. 

Last Bets by Michaela McGuire for a casino manslaughter trial and an examination of gambling and the gap between morals and the law.

This post was guest edited by journalist Michaela McGuire, author of Last Bets. Michaela also hosts Women of Letters, and blogs for The Monthly

The post is part of a series in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from October 1-5, 2014. More info here.

Go Book Yourself: Anna’s All-Time Top 5 Books

We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Anna’s picks:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the book that changed my life. You can see the film I made about it for the Baileys Prize here.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a book that entranced and delighted me. It both celebrates and challenges what a novel can do.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman for a trilogy that inspired, challenged and moved me as a child and adult.

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro for my favourite book from my favourite author. Bizarre and lyrical, it’s utterly unique. 

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger for two stories that provoked me to think about what I wanted out of life and my favourite of Salinger’s works.

Anna is the Recommendations Editor at Go Book Yourself. She also writes about books for The Bookseller and Elle UK. Find her on Twitter here.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

For more supernatural romance:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for a heroine who stands her own.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter for a modern take on the Persephone myth.

Secret Lives by Gabriella Poole for the story of a new girl at a guarded school full of secrets.

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling for a heroine learning to embrace her power. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For whip-smart YA with plenty of heart, try these next…

In Bloom by Matthew Crow for characters a little bit off the beaten track

Trouble by Non Pratt for a superb, moving yet witty look at what happens when life doesn’t go to plan

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews for a fresh, clever, and funny story of friendship

Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz for a coming of age story about finding who you really are

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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

For more anti-Westerns, try these…

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt for a blackly humorous tale of two hired killers

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a story of the gold-rush with more to it than meets the eye

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver for a genre-defying exploration of myth, love and identity

Welcome to Hard Times by EL Doctorow for a dramatic novel about evil set in a small town in Dakota Territory

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