I love reading, but I don't always have time to immerse myself in as many books as I'd like. A few lengthy train journeys and a return flight to Thailand over the past few months though has helped me squeeze in a few good reads and here are six I would definitely recommend.
I Let You Go
by Clare Mackintosh
A compelling story that was very hard to put down. I was hooked immediately and was desperate to unravel the truth behind the main plot. The characters were likeable straight away, except for one you're not supposed to like, but even then you're compelled to discover how it all ends. There are a few twists and turns that not only keep you on your toes, but drive you to turn page after page.
The Day We Disappeared
by Lucy Robinson
Two stories in one as you alternate between the lives of Annie and Kate. Both have a secret they are reluctant to give up. I warmed to the characters immediately and was intrigued to find out the skeletons lurking in their closets. I found it difficult to put down and kept reading a few extra pages whenever I could. It was easy to read and kept me gripped throughout.
In a Strange Room
by Damon Galgut
Many rules are broken here, the usual expected standard of paragraph formation and punctuation for starters. It's amazing how well it works though and goes to prove that if the writing is strong enough, convention can be thrown out the window. It carries Galgut's usual somewhat bleak style, but it's a fascinating read that lures you in. If you like philosophy and are prepared to be openminded then I think you'll enjoy the unorthodox style and narrative of this book.
by Matt Haig
This book tackles some of the bigger topics in life - love, humanity, mortality - in an interesting and almost subliminal way. It begins in quite a lighthearted and humorous way, a style which continues throughout the book. It cleverly draws you in and gets you thinking about what life is really all about. A wonderfully original book and one that I don't think you'd forget in a hurry.
by Louis Sachar
A wonderful combination of simplicity and complexity, this book falls into the young adult category, but I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyble read. I like books with a meaning or life lesson and often those written for a younger reader do it better than stories aimed purely at adults. The writing carried me effortlessly from page to page and it didn't take long to form a bond with the characters.
by J. M. Coetzee
If you're looking for a happy, uplifting read, then this isn't for you. This is the darkest of my six choices and quite a disturbing read. That said it's a powerful piece of writing and incredibly thought provoking. It presents the idea of right and wrong in two very different societies, yet leaves it to the reader to consider which is which.
If you have read any of these let me know your thoughts and if you have any suggestions yourself, please do comment below. I'm always interested to know people's recommendations