Book Recommendations: By You, For You

Are you an avid reader who is on the lookout for interesting books to read? Or have you always wanted to get into reading but are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice? Perhaps you have recently read some fantastic books that you would love to share with like-minded people?

IGNITE’s Literature Section has all of you covered with the new weekly Book Recommendations list, where you can discover new books and contribute by sending in recommendations of your favourite books as well!

So here are this week’s recommendations!

1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Fantasy)

Fans of Studio Ghibli probably already recognise the title already, but before it was made into an award winning movie , Howl’s Moving Castle was a book. Wherein our main character is cursed to become an old woman, she sets off on a journey to find a cure to get back her youth and comes across the infamous wizard Howl…and his moving castle.

2. Mort by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)

Fans of Pratchett’s other works will not be disappointed in the fourth book of the Discworld series. The reader follows the adventures of Mort, a teenager who becomes the apprentice to Death.


3. Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous (Memoir)

Extremely dark and somewhat a challenge to read at times, Diary of an Oxygen Thief explores the nitty gritty realities of child sexual abuse and how it affects a person well into their adult life.

4. Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than (Comics, Self Help)

Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates beautiful and inspiring quotes to make a story in each mini comic. A great book to read when you feel down and in need of a pick me up.

5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Coming of Age)

A man looks back at his days as a college student in the 70s and how his life unfolded after the untimely suicide of his best friend. Narrated entirely in first person Norwegian Wood talks frankly about mental illnesses and the indescribable sadness that never leaves after one experiences the death of a loved one.

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Coming of Age)

So beautifully written, this book follows the friendship of two Mexican-American boys as they struggle with growing into and establishing their identity as well as coming to terms with their sexuality.

7. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Contemporary Romance)

Eleanor Oliphant is a social recluse with no filter, her hobby is eating pizza and having a nice bottle of vodka with it. Hilariously told in Eleanor’s point of view, this novel deals with themes of mental illnesses and the effects of profound loneliness.

8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Romance)

Young and recently unemployed Louisa Clark gets a new and strange job where she has to be the caregiver of Will Traynor, an extremely successful banker who became paralyzed after being hit by a motorcycle. Sure it reads like a sappy romance novel most of the time but we all have those time where we need some TLC and cozy up with a nice one like this!

9. Prince of Ice by Emma Holly (Romance)

A young courtesan becomes the property of a Demon prince. They find themselves caught up in a world of lust and desire that may kill them both.

10. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li (Literary Fiction)

A collection of short stories set in China of the 21st century where the dust still hasn’t settled after the intense and sudden economic development.

Want to send in your own recommendations and see them featured in next week’s list? Simply send them in to by 2nd November, Thursday. Format:

  • Title, Author
  • Genre
  • Blurb (30-50 words) describing the book/why would you recommend people to read it
  • Your name, course and year (optional- only if you would like it to be displayed)


List compiled by Shamra Rifai 
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