Ahead of World Book Day on 1st March, get some inspiration for your reading list with the YOU team’s current favourites…
Selected by: Miranda Thompson, Commissioning Editor
I spotted this New York Times bestseller on all sorts of must-read lists at the end of 2017 and immediately reserved it at my local library – and after 24 other readers, it’s finally mine! It’s a story of two families in Cleveland, Ohio that’s carried along with a whodunnit plot line (hence the title, which refers to an arsonist), but the real focus is on the many differing shapes that motherhood can take.
Selected by: Alice Robertson, Beauty Assistant
I chose this because I loved The Secret History, also by Donna Tartt. It’s the story of a young boy who survives a terrorist bombing at a gallery, but his art-obsessed mother dies. He steals a picture of a goldfinch from the gallery (a picture his mother was particularly fond of) and keeps it for years as he grows up and descends into a life of crime.
Selected by: Acting Fashion Editor Emily Dawes
Tina Brown is a powerhouse of the media industry and one of the women inspiring me most at the moment! These diaries cover her time as editor of Tatler, moving to New York to re-launch Vanity Fair and going on to edit The New Yorker, all whilst balancing a marriage, motherhood and transatlantic life. It really encapsulates the energy and buzz of working in magazines in the 80’s and her work ethic and passion is something to look up to.
Selected by: Chief sub-editor Cath Sheargold
I read The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace (both by Atwood) years ago – and the recent TV series made me want to revisit her. I’d forgotten how breathtakingly eloquent her prose is. It’s the story of two sisters from a once-wealthy Canadian family, brought to its knees by the Great Depression. Love, intrigue, betrayal – it has all the elements for an epic read.
Selected by: Eleanor Jones, Digital Editor
I read Dawn’s YA book Paper Aeroplanes years ago, and now I’m finally getting around to her first adult novel, published in 2017. It’s an easy, entertaining read about three women from totally different worlds, and how they judge each other in the digital age – Dawn cleverly presents some poignant truths about their roles and relationships (both with men and each other) throughout. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for something quick, but still smart and funny.
Selected by: Lucy Coghlan, Bookings Editor
I’m re-reading this mighty tome after lending it to all my friends – or anyone who’ll listen! Set in New York, it follows the intertwining lives and friendships of four men. It’s completely harrowing at times but also insightful and uplifting – it’ll stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.
Selected by: Alex Ridley, Deputy Picture Editor
My dad has just published his first novel and I’m so proud – not least because I helped crowd fund it! I might be a bit biased but it’s a brilliant book that imagines an attack on a London Central Mosque following the Olympic Closing Ceremony and follows five characters caught up in the aftermath.
Selected by: Hannah Hughes, Contributing Fashion Editor
This was a Christmas present from my book-mad brother-in-law (he actually organises the Manx Literary Festival on the Isle of Man). It’s amazing! Set in London’s East End, it’s about Tom, a man who’s been alive for centuries. As you follow him from the Globe to a comprehensive school in Hackney, you’ll gain a whole new respect for the capital – and remember how great it is.
Selected by: Susan Hope, Researcher
I like thrillers and this one caught my eye with the jacket description, ‘You’re in love with a man who is serving time for murder on Florida’s Death Row. Now you’re married to him. And he is free… But is he so innocent after all?’ The main character, Sam, has seen a documentary about Dennis’ case and has joined online forums discussing all the evidence against him. She’s convinced he is innocent and she has been writing to him in prison. In the chapter I’m currently reading she has just flown from the UK to the States to visit him behind bars, where they have declared their love for each other… It’s the author Amy Lloyd’s first novel and so far I’m gripped.
Selected by: Rosalind Lowe, Assistant Editor
Happiness for Humans is a clever, heart-warming novel which addresses the niggle that – as we rely on Alexa or Google Assistant more and more – maybe increasingly sophisticated software will start controlling us rather than the other way round… But what if Artificial Intelligence were to use its increasing powers not for mischief but for match-making? 30-something singleton Jen forms a bond with a very complicated and innovative piece of software called Aiden but – even if he can infiltrate her online identity – can he develop enough emotional intelligence to suss out what will really make her happy? An easy, entertaining read (even if you will never look at your phone in quite the same way again…).
Compiled by Miranda Thompson