This theme started when I read the first one on this list recently. I had to share it with you guys so I went to my huge bookshelves and under my bed (what? you didn’t know that there are books under the entirety of my full sized bed?) and on my kindle app to find other books about the British. There were a lot of options but I narrowed it down to five. Guys, I think I have a problem but in the meantime, I give you books if you love Brits.
1. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgans’ The Royal We
Okay, if you follow Will and Kate and their family, you’ll want to read it (it’s still definitely fiction). If you like British Chick Lit, you’ll want to read this. Yes, there was romance but there was an equal amount of laughter. This is so perfect for the beach, I cannot even explain how much you will enjoy it under the sun. This was one of my most recent reads and I flew through it though it isn’t short. It isn’t the exact story of Will and Kate. The “Kate” in this story is an American. But if you know anything about that royal romance, they went to uni together (I’m so British right now) met and fell in love, broke up, got back together and engaged so it’s kind of like this wonderful saga.
2. Chris Cleave’s Little Bee
This book is complicated, as it should be. I recommend it to many people because of the current political landscape and Cleave’s ability to take that and turn that into real people with real feelings. Maybe you have an opinion about immigration. Maybe it’s just easier not to have one. But everything falls away when it seems like you are looking another person in the face. This is the story of two women: Little Bee is Nigerian Refugee that has been in a detention center in Britain for quite a long time and when she is released she finds the only English person she knows, Sarah. They met in Nigeria years before under horrible, traumatic circumstances. And when Bee knocks on Sarah’s door this time, there are different horrible, traumatic circumstances. Read this. It’s an incredible story.
2. Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary
Okay, you’ve seen the movie because…Colin Firth and High Grant. C’mon. But have you read the book? I had to read it in this class I took in college about feminism in British literature from the beginning. We read Tess of the D’ubervilles and A Room with a View and Mrs. Dalloway and more. We ended the semester with Bridget Jones’s Diary looking at it through a certain perspective. Try it. Especially if you have only seen the movie. There are also sequels: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and About a Boy (I have not read the third book).
3. Jojo Moyes’ The Girl You Left Behind
This book actually goes back and forth between France, during WWI, where Sophie doesn’t know if her husband is still alive, the Germans have taken over their town, and she is trying to keep her family safe. And then there is present day widow Liv, trying to deal with her young husband’s sudden death. Like most of Moyes’ books (Everyone loved Me before You and did you know a sequel is coming to that story? It’s called After You) it’s great and I couldn’t put it down. There is an item that connects these two women and they both will have to give so much up in order to keep it, if they can keep it at all.
4. Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale
Again, you’ve probably seen the movie because hey, Daniel Craig (and in my opinion it was one of the best Bond films in awhile and also fun fact, this movie makes my top ten list…I can’t even tell you why). Considering this is the book that started the James Bond phenomena, give it a read. It’s short and quick too.
5. Ian McEwan’s Atonement
Really any of McEwan’s books are truly a writer’s dream. His prose and stories definitely inspire me. Now, if you have not seen the movie, read this first. The twists and turns are incredible, almost as incredible as the writing. If you saw the movie (Hugh Dancy!) but haven’t read the book, still read the book. The movie was extremely well done (see Kiera Knightley in the emerald dress) but nothing can truly capture McEwan’s writing. Also, you’ll cry but in a therapeutic way. Any other book lovers know what I mean?
I also have to add all the books from my Books for Downton Abbey Fans.
Also, obviously, if you know me, Harry Potter? This set is beautiful or check out the books in the Hogwarts trunk try them in Kindle form. Again, Pride and Prejudice (Kindle is free). Check out this beautiful Austen set too!
There are so many more I can add but I held back. Haha. What would you add? Have you read any of these?
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