Chapter W Book Club: Top 5 Reads for August

Our noses are always firmly in a book here at Chapter W, and we’re here to share the literature love with all of our lovely readers. Chapter W co-founder Louisa Davies shares her top five August reads with you… 

‘A book is a gift you can open again and again’

Garrison Keillor

Is there anything better than getting stuck into a good book? Netflix series come and go, but a cracking novel lasts forever, and we want to make sure your book shelf is feeling healthy this month.

We’ve been whizzing through some fantastic books this month, and they’re just too delicious not to share. We’ve popped our top five books below for you, so your Amazon wishlist can grow a little bit more with stories that will fulfil your mind and feed your soul… what else could you possibly need?

Let us know if you’ve read our suggestions, and give us some recommendations for next month’s book club, we want you to get involved!

How To Stop Time – Matt Haig

Matt Haig’s incredible 2015 memoir ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ moved us beyond words, and we would have heralded it as one of the most important books of the year to read. Haig has done it again with his newest addition to the fictional world with ‘How To Stop Time’, a story of Tom Hazard, a man who has been alive since the 1600s. The novel flits between Tom’s past, the woman he loved in the 1600s, his time with Shakespeare, and his current life in modern day London as a history teacher.

Tom’s isolation and intense sadness of losing everyone he ever loved burns through every page, and you yearn for the character to try and move forward in a world that has changed beyond recognition. It’s a story of change, acceptance, and vulnerability that is definitely worth the hype. It’s also currently being made into a film with the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch in the main role, so you know it’s good. Believe the tube adverts, and buy this book. Trust us.

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s debut novel tells the tale of four friends, through the eyes of 21 year old poet protagonist Frances, as they try and navigate love, heartbreak, family, friendship and growing up. Their conversations shape the experiences they encounter, through awkward and forbidden meetings after dark to candid 2am emails, and you can’t help but feel this could be your own story.

Prepare for this one to get you in the feels a little, with Rooney’s writing getting you in a way that feels outrageously personal to anyone who’s loved the wrong person, or been a little unsure on who they should be in this weird world. One you’ll want to pass on to your friends the minute you finish.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho 

So we know this is a cult classic, and we are a little slow on the uptake, but better late than never… The Alchemist is Paulo Coelho’s bestselling fable that offers an inspirational and uplifting outlook to the life you live. The story of a shepherd boy who gives up the life he knew to find his own personal legend is full of metaphors and quotes that you’ll want to hang up on your wall, with lessons you’ll find yourself applying to your own life almost instantly.

With powerful lessons seeded throughout, you can’t help feeling positive about your life once you’ve finished with The Alchemist, feeling slightly epic and ready to tackle anything. You’ve so got this.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

One of the most powerful books of 2017, this young adult novel follows 16 year old Starr, and the fall out that follows when her unarmed friend Khalil is shot and killed by a white police officer. With focuses on a community split by racial pressures, Starr struggles to split herself between the tight knit community she grew up in that sees drive by shootings and gangs regularly, with the privileged world of her private school. As the world around her crumbles, this powerful novel searches for justice and purpose.

The novel gives a chilling insight into a world that feels all too familiar, and the poignant topic could have been taken from a news report. A powerful and important read in today’s unfortunate climate, reminding us to speak up for what we believe in and always fight for justice and for what is right.

The Power – Naomi Alderman 

So we know we’ve already covered this, but seriously, Alderman’s ‘The Power’ is one of the books to read this month. A narrative split between four protagonists, telling the story of a world where women possess an electrical current power that leaves them feared by men, it’s a dystopian thriller that leaves you completely unable to put it down.

We’ve covered this novel in detail in another post on Chapter W, so definitely give that a read, but all we can say is get this one devoured ASAP.

What books are you loving this month? Tweet us at @ChapterW__ and let us know!

Written by Louisa Davies 

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