There are so many books in the world, sometimes you can't get through everything. So I'm recommending ten books I've read myself that I think languish on the shelves undeservingly. So in alphabetical order, here are my ten books you've might have missed but should read.
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – this is the story of a young girl who grew up in care who has no one to call her own. But one person had a connection with her and she taught her the Victorian Language of Flowers.
Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin – want to read the original Harry Potter? This came out when my Mum was a teenager and when you read it and you can see where JK Rowling got a lot of her ideas. Luckily the similarities stop there and there's a whole new fabulous world for you to discover.
Underground by Andrew McGahan – a futuristic Australian thriller that is hilariously action packed. Perfect for fans of Terry Hayes, Lee Child with a dash of Aussie humour to really make it sparkle.
Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell – a fantastically researched novel of old Japan. David Mitchell brings to life the year of 1799 through the eyes of a Dutchman living in Japan. Constrained to a small man-made island in Nagasaki Harbour he nonetheless meets and falls in love with a Japanese girl.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – for those who love Neil Gaiman, and other well written fiction with elements of magic this is the perfect book for you. A victorian gothic tale that spins a web between characters in a way that will delight you.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa – a maths professor who has only 80 minutes of memory hires a housekeeper with a young son who is interested in maths. Between the three of them a strange family forms and a story that will sit with you for many years to come.
The Cats Table by Michael Ondanjte – the lovliest book where nothing happens. It's a funny little semi-autobiographical story of when Michael went from Sri Lanka to England on a steamship to boarding school.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys – a harrowing tale of World War II told through the eyes of a young Lithuanian girl. Beautifully written but heartbreaking., love, life, loss and a part of the war you've never heard about.
High Sobriety by Jill Stark – at turns funny, brutally honest and informative this autobiography will make you reassess your own alcoholic habits, without judging you.
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman – once there was a young girl and she called her rabbit God. With her big brother by her side, this is the story of a family, day to day life and yet so much more.