Go Book Yourself 1st Birthday Special!
It’s our birthday! In just 12 months, we’ve recommended 653 books over 135 posts, and grown to over 130,000 followers. Thank you all so much!
To celebrate, here are our favourite books recommended to us by others…
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman was recommended to me by my Grandad, who bought it for me one Christmas. My grandad would buy me and my sister books every Christmas and this year he gave me what turned out to be one of my all time favourite books.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt was recommended to me by Dan, who said the characters reminded him of us. I loved it. It was like stepping into the Wild West and sitting in a movie theatre at the same time. Great characters, brotherly bonds and a bad-ass search for gold!
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill was recommended to me by Anna. Anna is the best recommender of books I’ve ever met and for good reason, she knew I’d love this and she was right. It’s my favourite book of the year so far; hilarious, heartbreaking and beautifully written. Thanks Anna!
Tell us: What’s the best book you’ve ever been recommended, and who recommended it to you?
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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Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
For more tales of magic, adventure and friendship, try these…
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones for a magical fantasy series about being true to yourself and overcoming adversity
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson for the predecessor to the Harry Potter model
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman for an outstanding magical trilogy of adventure, identity and philosophy
Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce for an epic young adult fantasy series
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