Book Recommendations (A Collab with Starring Pamela)

Hey all! I’ve teamed up with my good friend Pamela from Starring Pamela for my first collaboration of the year! We’re coming up with some book recommendations for you all! I’m always looking for some more books to add to my To-Be-Read and I love seeing what you guys recommend. So here’s some books from a whole range of genres that I really enjoyed reading and recommend you guys give a go!


Those books that keep us guessing, and on the edge of our seat.

Gone Girl


Psychological thriller, death, unreliable narrators, and a lot of twists! What more would you want from a mystery novel! I loved both the movie and the book. But I love the book just a little bit more 😀

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


Corruption, abuse, and a look into the darker side of human nature. This book was definitely not an easy one to read, but I definitely recommend it if you want a thrilling read.


The books that everyone says you should read at some point.



I read this a few years back, and it still sticks in my head. I’m sure many of you guys already know this book, as it came up with the concept of  Big Brother, among many other terms. It’s definitely one that makes you think (maybe even overthink), and will leave you feeling a bit paranoid for the next few days.



Another book I read a while back, but I really enjoyed! The book definitely has a darker sense of humour. It did take me a while to read, as the narrative was a bit jumpy. The plot however was enough to keep me entertained all the way through.


Modern books that everyone says you should read at some point.

The Handmaid’s Tale


A book I read at a blogger friend’s recommendation (although a friend also told me to read it a  few years back). I read it in a short amount of time, and I was left feeling depressed and upset. Not a cheery book by any means, but definitely a cautionary tale.

Fight Club


I read this after watching the movie. I will say that I liked the movie a little bit more, but the book was so much fun! It’s dark, funny, and Chuck has a fun way with words that makes me not want to stop reading.

Young Adult

Books that almost always get turned into movie franchises.

The Hunger Games


I love both the books and the movies. A typical YA dystopia set up, but this one just stood out from the rest for me. The characters felt more real, and the idea of having people watch kids kill each other on a television show is an interesting concept.

The Fault in Our Stars


I had to include John Green for a YA book. I like to jump on the hype train, and while sometimes I’m disappointed, for this one I wasn’t. It was funny, sweet and heartbreaking. I do know that when it comes to John Green’s books, people seem to have really polarizing opinions.


For books that have a little lurrrve in them.

Me Before You


Another book I read due to blogger recommendations, and it lived up to the hype. I adored both characters, and their love story. You already know it’s not going to have a happy ending, but you try root for one anyway.

Confessions of a Shopaolic


I love this series from Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read most of them, just not the most recent ones. I hear they’re not as good anyway. But, this is the perfect light, summer read. Whenever I come out of a very heavy book, I like to dive into a chick-lit of some kind. It’s like a dessert after a heavy meal you know?


Dystopia, space, all that techno-babble goodness.

The Martian


One of the earliest books I read last year, and one I still push people to read. Andy makes the main character so funny and snarky, and the ‘blog’ formal of the book makes it even more entertaining. Also, I feel like I learned a little about biology as I was reading.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


I have been meaning to finish this series for a while. Douglas Adams has such a weird, delightful sense of humour. Sci-fi and humour are expertly rolled into one with these books, I still love to reread it from time to time. Also, check out the movie version, it’s a lot of fun.


Diving into a world of magic, royalty, and another world altogether.

Harry Potter


You may already know I’m a fan of Harry Potter. The book series is so much fun, and the world she creates is definitely magical. I will say though, sometimes I don’t know if I’m so fond of these because it’s been mixed up with my nostalgia for growing up with these books. Put it this way, if you’re a general fan of fantasy and young adult, give it a go, you may like it. If not, then it may be a swing and a miss.

Game of Thrones


I only recommend the first three in this series. I just didn’t like the fourth and fifth, and I’ve also given up on the television adaptation. That being said, the first three are perfect fantasy novels. You have so many interesting characters, plot developments, twists and turns, the world he creates is so detailed. Plus, you really stress for the characters, any of them can die at any time. No one is safe, and coming out of books where the heroes are always okay at the end, this was a refreshing wake-up call.


Because sometimes you just want a laugh.

Hyperbole and a Half


The first blogger I ever recall following. Anyone remember Allie Brosh? Creator of Hyperbole and a half. She draws comics to go along with stories she tells (in Paint of all things), often from her life, all exaggerated for our entertainment. If you don’t know of her, definitely check out her blog, and then her book.

Adulthood is a Myth


I found Sarah’s comics on Tumblr all the time. She is the queen of being relatable, and her comics never fail to make me chuckle. So when I saw she had released books of even more comics, of course I was going to read them. I lost count of how many times I said “Same” or “Me too!” while reading it.


Biographies, self-help, and general information about people and things in our world.

Yes Please


My favourite biography I’ve ever read, from one of my favourite people ever. I’ve talked about this before, but it’s such a good book! Amy offers insight, advice and just shares about her life. “Good for her, not for me”, is one of the best mantras I picked up from this book, and I still stand by it today.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck


The anti-self-help book. Basically, rather than not giving a fuck about anything, the book more gets us to realize what we should be giving fucks about. It was just a refreshing read and a light bonk on the head of where my priorities should lie. It’s also just so damn funny!

So yeah, there’s a bunch of books! As you can see, I have a very wide range of interests when it comes to books. I love genre jumping, I tend to lose interest in books faster if I just read ones from the same genre all the time.

Last year, I ended up reading 27 books for my reading challenge, and a lot of the books I read were based on recommendation from you guys! I wanted to thank Pamela for joining me in this collab, be sure to check out her blog to get even more book recommendations! I’m excited that this was my first for 2018 and I’d love to do more!


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  1. Thanks for mentioning Hunger Games, one of my all time favorite, and nothing to say that Harry Potter is a classic now. I was only wondering if you add some motivational books like The Alchemist and The Secret. But overall list is good to goo for a book lover like me, Thanks again =)


    1. I’m glad you liked the list! Hunger Games is an amazing series! I haven’t read much motivational books, but I’ll definitely look up The Alchemist and The Secret and add them to my own reading list 😄

  2. Such brilliant picks & great variety!
    I thought Gone Girl was really good, and preferred the book to the film. I haven’t read Fight Club though – I loved the film so hearing the book was such fan has definitely convinced me it need to go on my TBR list. And the last one, the Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k is already in my Amazon basket 🙂

    1. Thanks Caz! I definitely preferred the Gone Girl book to the movie as well. Fight Club was so much fun, I definitley recommend both the movie and the book. You’ll definitley enjoy The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck! 😄

  3. What a great list and so cool how you guys did a collab, you two are some of my favourite bloggers ❤️❤️ Really need to grab The Subtle Art and Handmaidens Tale, they sound so good!!

    1. Thanks Mel! Pamela is such a great blogger, I loved doing this collab! I’ve been wanting to do more collaborations this year 😄
      Both The Subtle Art and Handmaidens Tale are such good books!!

  4. Great picks Angela! Me Before You is one of the sweetest stories 🙂 Gone Girl was an amazing film, I can only imagine how good the book is!

    1. Thanks Chanelle! I definitely recommend reading Gone Girl! Even if you know the twists coming, it’s still such a good story! 😄

  5. Nice picks!

    1. Thanks Shannon! 🙂

  6. Yayyy I love any and all book recommendations and I recognise so many of these! I’ve been meaning to read and watch Gone Girl even though I’m not that into crime/mystery books—this one has been getting so much hype though and I love unreliable narrators so I’ll definitely pick it up! Harry Potter and the Hunger Games can almost be considered classics as well haha they’re so popular and for good reason! Thanks for sharing these awesome recs, Angela! 🙂

    1. I love book recommendation posts too! Gone Girl was the first book I read with the whole unreliable narrator trope. It threw me off so much, which made me love the book more! The movie was a really good adaptation, and both are definitely worth a go!
      Harry Potter and Hunger Games are definitely classics, I’m pretty sure everyone on the world has at least heard of them 😀

  7. Great post!!! 😀 The girl with a dragon tattoo is one of my faves! It’s an amazing trilogy! The fault in our stars and the hunger games are fab books too.
    The handmaidens tale, gone girl, game of thrones, catch 22 and 1984 are all on my list to read! 🙂 xo

    1. Thanks Carina! I’ve been meaning to pick up the next installment in the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series, but I just don’t know if I’ll like it as much. I really recommend all the books, and I hope you get to read them all someday 🙂

  8. I absolutely love your list Angela! Now I want to reread the Hunger Games. And Harry Potter! I do still need to read 1984 and The Fault in our Stars. I loved working with you again and thank you for asking me! 💖

    1. Thanks Pamela!! I’ve reread both the Hunger Games and Harry Potter so many times now haha! It was fun to do another collab with you!! 😀 <3

  9. Me before you is such an amazing book!! Love it so much xx

    1. It really was! It’s always nice when a book with so much hype actually lives up to it 😀

      1. That’s so true!! I was so scared I didn’t like it because of the hype xx

  10. great list! there are still a few i haven’t reach that i really really want to, such as fight club and the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and 1984 (because it seems to parallel with our current reality). i have added a few others to my list, thank god you posted this because i will be needing some books this year 🙂

    1. Thanks Rossy! I’m glad it helped give you some more ideas of what to read! 😄

  11. I still haven’t read The Hunger Games books even though I have seen the movies, I feel like I am missing so many details and plot twists lol. Great picks you listed! xx

    1. The books were so much fun to read! I read all three in under a week haha! I do recommend reading the books if you liked the movies, as it does fill in a lot of the plot holes 😀

  12. you know i have put off the hunger Games for a long time but sooo many of my friends loved it! I think I will have to pick it up on my library and do my own review on it. I loved all these choices!

    1. I’m glad you liked the post! The Hunger Games is definitely such a fun book! Especially if you enjoy the YA genre 🙂

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