5 Must-Read Books We Would Bring To A Desert Island

There are so many books out there – so if you’re new to reading or feel like you’ve run out of new material to delve into, it can be pretty overwhelming to decide where to turn to next. This would be the perfect time to ask people which books they would take to a desert island – because then you’ll know that they’re the really good ones. So, we rounded up five of our must-read books that we would take along with us. Keep scrolling to discover the list of titles we think you just have to have read at least once…

1. The Binding, by Bridget Collins

Lately, you might have been feeling a bit more bored staying in at home, so we think you need this heart-racingly exciting and chilling book in your life. The Binding slowly unravels a mystery surrounding a farm labourer whose life is irrevocably altered when he receives a cryptic summons, pressing him to serve as an apprentice to a Bookbinder. He learns the skills to make exquisitely beautiful volumes, each holding a dark and peculiar secret: a person’s most unconscionable memories. When he discovers a book with his own name on it, he is forced to choose between forgetting and the dreadful, tantalising promise of remembrance.

2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

This is the book you will have seen everyone reading on the tube in 2018, so if you still haven’t read it – this is your reminder. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. She is happy. But one simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls she has built around herself, so now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – whilst searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life…

3. Reasons To Stay Alive, by Matt Haig

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up and some life inspiration, this is the book that needs to go on your list. Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir: it is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

4. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

Now is actually the perfect time to read this ultimate classic, as a new film adaptation starring Lily James and Armie Hammer has just landed on Netflix today! It tells the story of an orphaned young woman, who works as a lady’s companion. Life begins to look very bleak until she meets Maxim de Winter on a trip to the South of France – a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate on the Cornish Coast, she finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers…

5. Death On The Nile, by Agatha Christie

Another book soon be a major motion picture, starring just about everyone from Emma Mackey to Gal Gadot and Letitia Wright, is Agatha Christie’s murder mystery Death On The Nile. The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…

 

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