Now, if you’re looking for a perfect focal point of your plain and boring bedside table, you need a few good books. I could make this list ten times longer but that would just be silly, so I’ve cut a few out and came up with a few books that would suit your bedside table to the ground. The majority of these books are easy to flip through yet tell an amazing story, see for yourself!
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
We all know that this man is genius with words but this book is just spectacular. It’s quite a short book but it is just incredible. It’s a whirlwind of magic, religion and traveling. It’s about a young shepherd called Santiago who takes the journey of a lifetime. Must read!
- Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Not such a short read but OH MY GOD. Word of warning: once you have read this book, DO NOT watch the film. It will break your heart. My absolute favourite, by far. Based in 1939, all about WW2 and narrated by Death himself. As equally heart warming as it is heart breaking – if you haven’t already, you must read this beauty.
- Winter in Madrid – C. J. Sansom
Another book set in Wartime, in this case the Spanish Civil War. Full of action paired with one of the most moving love stories off all time. In my eyes, it’s a true classic. Again, not a short read but so worth your time.
- The Road – Cormac McCarthy
This was the book I read for my AS level course, and also one of my favourites. It’s a post-apocalyptic American novel about a man and a boy on a very long journey. It’s written in a very unique format, there are no chapters and you learn only one persons name. This isn’t very long but full of amazing-ness. Please read!
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of course. Another book my AS Level course, but I had read it before then. I could talk about this book for hours, and the film (as it never does) did not do it justice. Do yourself a favour and read this instead of watch it – I’ll say no more.
- The Yellow World – Alberto Espinosa
I’m lucky enough to own an uncorrected proof of this book and it’s absolutely inspirational. The only way to describe this book is that it is a funny Spanish book about cancer. Now, that may sound a bit insensitive and rude, but read it and you will see what I mean. It’s pretty much a self-help memoir but it’s amazing, Espinosa insists that this book is not about ‘how to survive cancer, but how to live’. Honestly, give it a go – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez
A beautifully uplifting tale about 5 different women and 1 coffee shop. A real feel good novel that will lift your spirits and give you a little faith in the world once again. Go ahead, give it go!
So that’s it, these are my first 7 choices of books to start stacking up on your bedside table. Absolutely brilliant, all worth a read. What are your go-to bedside table books?