My top weekend reads from 2016

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Fiction

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the whole of 2016 you will have undoubtably heard of Girl on a Train, recently made into a hit movie, it’s a book that’s got everyone talking. I really enjoyed this book, it’s a classic can’t-put-down type – the kind that even though you’re so sleepy you’re eyes are closing you try and force them open to read some more. I won’t go into detail about the plot so as i’m sure you’ll already know the gist but – suspense, drama, murder, mystery and a great twist, it’s all in there – probably my favourite read from 2017.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Shortlisted for the Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction, this is an incredible coming of age novel set in both Nigeria and America. It’s a brilliant exploration of being African in America, giving a true reflection of the sort of life this entails.  An educational and well-crafted read while being warm, moving and compassionate. I would never have read this if my friend hadn’t recommended it last summer, and even then I was sceptical as to whether it was for me. I’m so glad I gave it a go as it has become a true favourite and a book i’ve recommended to many of my friends.

I Let You Go by Claire Macintosh

This read is a little more heart wrenching and takes you on a real journey of self discovery as you follow a woman starting a new life after her little boy is run over during the school run. Another great page turner with a killer twist you won’t see coming. It comes highly recommended.

Cookery

Chiltern Firehouse by Nuno Mendes

My new favourite cook book – this was given to me for Christmas and is such a good read. From the signature crab doughnuts to maple-glazed salmon and frozen apple panna cotta, Mendes delivers recipes of reimagined classics and bold new flavours. The book also covers details on what makes the staff tick including a run down of the sommelier’s favourite wine’s. Read it because you love food or because you want to looks smart at your next dinner party!

Jamie’s Superfood Family Classics by Jamie Oliver

Good old Jamie doesn’t disappoint in his most recent book. I happened to stumble upon this one day while browsing in Sainsbury’s and I have to say – I think it’s his best recipe book yet. It’s great for easy, delicious, healthy recipes ideas. This is probably the cookbook that i’ve made the most recipes from. Ever. That’s quite a statement for me as usually I buy a recipe book, flick through it and then up it goes on the shelf, unlikely to be read agin for a long while. This is definitely my go-to book out of my entire collection.


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