Readers can’t seem to get enough of Jojo Moyes these days! Her most recent novel, Me Before You, came in at #2 on Your top 20 books of 2013 (so far!). Our reviewer deemed the book—about the development of an unlikely relationship between former coffee shop clerk Lou and recently paralyzed, former adrenaline junkie Will—a “twisting, turning, heartbreaking novel . . . the kind of book you simply can’t put down.” (Click here to read a Q&A with Moyes about the book.)
Lucky for us, we won’t have to wait very long for Moyes’ next novel. The Girl You Left Behind is coming out on August 20!
Curious about what she likes to read, we asked Moyes to recommend three books that she’s enjoyed reading. Here they are, in her own words:
I picked this up last summer when I heard people whose opinion I trust discussing it on Twitter. (I’ve found Twitter is a useful place for book recommendations, especially as so little commercial fiction gets reviewed.) This book was one of the few books to make me actually gasp out loud (the last was Atwood’s The Blind Assassin). I love the way she writes about male/female relationships, and the fact that I genuinely couldn’t work out how it was going to end.
I read this as part of the Women’s Book Prize (formerly the Orange), which I’m helping judge this year. It has won pretty much every British book prize going—but it is up against five equally wonderful books on our shortlist. The prize, however, gave me the excuse to finally pick up a book I’d meant to read for a very long time. Bring Up the Bodies looks “heavier” than it is. It takes a tiny period in royal history and brings the court of Henry VIII—with all its intrigue, politics and characters—alive. It is an awesome achievement; entertaining, gripping and brilliant on human psychology.
I have read everything Kate Atkinson has ever written; she’s one of my “buy for the author’s name alone” writers. And she never disappoints. This book takes a simple idea—what would happen if you could live parts of your life over and over again?—and uses it to weave a story that is audacious, profoundly moving and beautifully written. It is also on the Women’s Prize shortlist.
What do you think, readers? Plan to add any of these to your to-be-read list?