Three years ago I found myself staring at my bookshelf when I realised that every novel had been re-read numerous times – it was time to shuffle myself off to the local independent book store. A helpful young shop assistant was given the brief of, ‘I like Kate Morton’s books, the Sookie Stackhouse Series, The Inheritance Cycle and *whisperers* Twilight. What do you recommend?’
The first books she recommended were Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a Discovery of Witches and one that had just been released called Divergent. Wow! And so began my reverence of my marvellous Book Guru’s advice. When she takes a book off the shelf and says, ‘Read this,’ I read it. And I love it.
Not once has she led me astray and given bad advice. Well, there were two books that I didn’t completely love BUT they did become my husband’s favourite two books ever, so I still count that as a win.
Regardless of the strange requests I throw at her (‘Can you recommend a NA/YA contemporary romance book about a girl with anxiety that is a blend of serious/funny?’), my Book Guru prevails. She introduced me to Veronica Roth, Lani Taylor, John Green, Lauren Oliver, and so many more.
Here’s my Guru’s list from the last three years:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Passage* by Justin Cronin
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
The Book Thief by Martin Zusak
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
The Ocean at the End of the Lane* by Neil Gaiman
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
The Messenger by Martin Zusak (Not yet read)
*Books that are now the Hubby’s favourites.
What about you – do you have a Book Guru? Is there someone whose literacy advice is always spot on?