By Alannah Andreini
Stephen King once said “Books are a uniquely portable magic” and honestly what’s better than cosying up with a big cup of tea and losing yourself in someone else’s narrative to dull the rest of the noise in your head? Here’s some of our top picks to help you escape the world around you.
Back After the Break – Osher Günsberg
Getting inside Osher’s head is wild, honest and raw with the cleverest use of footnotes I’ve ever come across (seriously, read them). One of Australia’s most well-known and loved TV personalities, Osher presents a very revealing memoir of life, the effects of fame, love and navigating life with a mental illness. Back After the Break will take you on a journey that will make you laugh and cry and show you how not everything is as it seems.
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
A heart-wrenching story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who is ready to die. Violet Markey lives for the day she can leave her small town and the tragedy she’s suffered behind then she meets Theodore Finch, a boy fascinated with death and always unapologetically himself. However as one world begins to bloom, the other shrinks. Niven’s story is the kind that sneaks up on you and then leaves you feeling like you had your heart ripped out. If you’re a fan of John Green, then this one is for you.
The Nowhere Child – Christian White
Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is a brilliant psychological thriller. How would you feel if a stranger has evidence that your entire existence is a lie? Join Kimberley Leamy as she journeys across the world to uncover devastating secrets about her family and identity. It’s a journey of earth shattering revelations, cultish-like beliefs, betrayal, confusion and a plot line that seamlessly blends the past and present. Anyone who is a fan of crime/thrillers should put this one at the top of their lists.
I’ll be Gone in the Dark – Michelle McNamara
One woman’s obsession with the identity of the infamous Golden State Killer creates a true-crime masterpiece. Flitting flawlessly between the accounts of McNamara’s decade’s long investigation into the truth and a chilling snapshot of a criminal mastermind who terrorised neighbourhoods in California for over a decade, eluding capture by some of the best detectives at the time, I’ll be Gone in the Dark makes you realise how far forensic technology has come. A compelling read that doesn’t skip over the terrifying details, this is one true-crime read you don’t want to miss.
All these books are available in paperback version for those who still love a good paperback or ebook for the digital folks.
What are you reading or highly recommend to fellow book lovers?