27 Books for My 27 Years

Today is my 27th birthday so I am officially in my late 20s. I don't know if it's an age thing or a post-pandemic birthday hangover but I haven't been that excited about my birthday this year! But I did manage to put together a list of 27 books I'd recommend and a little one line review about them all so I'll jump straight into it (in no particular order, also all the books are linked to amazon by clicking the title - they're affiliate links).




Confessions of a Forty Something Fuck Up - Alexandra Potter

Hilarious and relatable - even in my 20s.


Everything I know About Love - Dolly Alderton

I couldn't put this down - a must read for every 20-something


Just Haven't Met You Yet - Sophie Cousens

I read this in a day, loveable characters and set in the beautiful Jersey - Sophie should be on the tourism board because this made me want to visit!


Piranesi - Susanna Clarke

For the first half of this book I thought it was a fantasy book (my least favourite genre) but by the second half it all started to make sense and I loved it.


Boys Don't Cry - Fiona Scarlett

Get the tissues ready, this is both heartbreaking and moving.


The Man Who Didn't Call - Rosie Walsh

I loved the mystery of this and never guessed the ending - I was completely gripped!


Last Tang Standing - Lauren Ho

Hilarious romcom - another one I couldn't put down!


A Woman is No Man - Etaf Rum

I kept putting this off until we chose it as a book club pick and I'm so glad we did. An emotional and gripping story of three generations of Palestinian-American Women - I cannot do this book justice it's wonderful.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

The glamour and suspense in this novel win every time for me. I always recommend this one!


Elenor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

A strange one to make the list because I can't remember it but I know it was my favourite book for about two years after I read it in 2018 so I had to include it!


The Hearts Invisible Furies - John Boyne

My current favourite book, there is so much in this book I don't know where to start but if you have watched It's a Sin and liked it, pick this up!


The Education of Ivy Edwards - Hannah Tovey

I love Ivy - that's all there is too it. If you like funny, realistic female characters this will be a new favourite of yours!


It Must Be Love - Caroline Khoury

Such a beautiful romance set in the most beautiful locations! Great for a summer holiday read!


Beach Read - Emily Henry

I could have chosen any of Emily's books but this was my first by her so it edged it's way forward - an amazing summer romcom!


The Silent Treatment - Abbie Greaves

My other favourite book. It touches on some tough subjects but I loved it and the main character Frank!


Lonely Castle in the Mirror - Mizuki Tsujimura

A fantasy book (it's not fantasy in the dragons and witches sense) I didn't expect to enjoy and ended up loving. It is a gorgeous translated Japanese fiction!


Eight Perfect Hours - Lia Louise

A beautiful love story, I was rooting for the main characters the whole way through!


Twelve Days in May - Niamh Hargan

A romcom set during the Cannes Film Festival is a winner for me. Full of glamour and sunshine!


The Hating Game - Sally Thorne

Read this and then watch the movie - it's actually a really good adaptation!


The Best is Yet To Come - Katy Collins

This got me out of bed at 6am on a Sunday because I woke up thinking about it and had to finish - theres no better recommendation from me!


Open Water - Caleb Azumah Nelson

This is a beautifully written, poetic, love story.


Conversations on Love - Natahsa Lunn

Theres so much in this book I couldn't sum it up but it explores the many ways love shapes our lives.


How We Met - Huma Qureshi

A glorious memoir about how the author met her husband.


Shiver - Allie Reynolds

The only thriller to make the list - this is set at a ski resort and makes for the best (or worst) atmosphere!


The No-Show - Beth O'Leary

The first of Beth O'Learys books on this list but I love how different this is to her other books. The groundwork at the beginning leads to a huge payoff at the end!


Snowflake - Louise Nealon

My final favourite book on the list - I loved everything about this book!


The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary

This got me back into reading romcoms so it will always have a special place in my heart and on my shelf!

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