MR Readers World Book Day Recommendations

As it's World Book Day and we're kind of in the process of beginning to discuss the possibility of maybe one day when we have time starting a book club, we asked a few of our Readers to share their favourite/recommended reads.



Diana Evans

Its a beautifully written debut novel about two mixed race sisters growing up and coming of age. I read it when I was younger and it stands out in my memory as being one of the first books that spoke to some of my own experiences growing up in a voice I recognised and could identify with.

Nehanda @nehandasoul



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ohhhh gosh... Americanah Chimamanda, so bait but it is.
Tamu @mxm_tam


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

JK Rowling

I have so many favourite books! But I think I'd have to say Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Why? The imaginative descriptions, the characters, the mixture of magic and morality. Lourita @madebylowie


Hollywood Wives

Jackie Collins

It's a page turner, fun, glamorous and shocking and an uplifting read when adulthood gets too adult and stressful.

Yvadney @yvadney



Alice Sebold

It's a memoir. Having been the victim of rape, the author describes how it shaped her life. I can't remember the minutiae of the story (I read it over 10 years ago), but whenever I see it in a shop it gives me a warm feeling.



Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization

Anthony T. Browder

It was the 1st book I read about ancient black history, it was very interesting and got me into reading and researching. His daughter was also an author, at the age of about 9 she wrote similar books for children, I named my first daughter Atlantis after her.




Roald Dahl

This is the first book that I chose to read more than once. I found the language fascinating, I honestly couldn't get enough of it. The combination of fantasy and reality being so closely linked really struck a chord with me, I can't even remember how many times i've read this.

Leah @purpleramblings


The Bridge of Beyond

Simone Schwarz-Bart

One of my favourite books is The Bridge and Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart. It was my first encounter with Francophone literature. The story is written from the perspective of French Caribbean women and uses rich, lyrical language to tell their story and is full of emotion. It felt like a rare find and unlike anything I had read before. For me, it’s one of those reads I will always remember.



The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

It changed my life and the perspective I have. I share this all I can! Nadu @n4dup


The Famished Road

Ben Okri


Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It's a toss up between these two. I love books about traditional Igbo Nigeria as I feel I'm learning more about my ancestors and I also love books that detail the modern Nigerian diaspora. I cannot choose x

Cee @heyisthatme


The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

This Book!! It's just got everything and is always there at the back of my mind.



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

I wouldn't say it's my favourite book, but it was a really good book I read last year. I found it very interesting, but it also raised feelings and a range of emotions at how she was exploited by Scientists. It's amazing how her cells have contributed to science and medicine and paved the way for advances in medicine today including cancer treatments and stem cell science.

Roxanne @roxyheart609


The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

My fave book is The Kite Runner! It's a story about a young boy growing up, it stayed with me because it was such a powerful read. I could picture every word, it even made me cry!!! It was a brilliant read and really makes you thankful for the things you have and where you have come from!


Have you read any of these? What's one of your favourite reads? Which book(s) do you keep going back to?