Bookshop Recommended Books!

This is a list of uplifting, inspiring or distracting books recommended by bookshops from around the world during our Virtual Bookshop Crawl. Find more details on how to join in here and click the links to buy directly from the bookshop that recommended each title. 

Kids & YA

A Book about Ruby's Day by Kate Knapp (recommended by Squishy Minnie, Australia based)

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird (recommended by Squishy Minnie, Australia based)

After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson (recommended by Squishy Minnie, Australia based)

Ameliaranne Keeps School by Constance Heward (recommended by Frog and Flamingo)

Armadillo and Hare by Jeremy Strong (recommended by BookWagon)

Big Ideas for Curious Minds by The School of Life (recommended by The Alligators Mouth)

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (recommended by Books & Ink, purchase from Blackwells)

Bronte: Me and My Boots by Penny Harrison & Evie Barrow (recommended by The Little Bookroom, Australia based)

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watters (recommended by The Alligators Mouth)

Darkwhispers by Vashti Hardy (recommended by Books & Ink, purchase from Blackwells)

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (recommended by The Suffolk Anthology)

Do you Dream of Terra Two by Temi Oh (recommended by The Bookshop, Bridport)

Gnome by Fred Blunt (recommended by BookWagon)

Happy Poems by Roger McGough (recommended by The Alligators Mouth)

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (recommended by Madhatters Bookshop, order from Blackwells)

Kindness Makes us Strong by Sophie Beer (recommended by The Little Bookroom - Australia based)

Locomotive by Julia Tuwim (recommended by The Blue Bear Bookshop)

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stephenson  & Various (recommended by All Star Comics, Australia based)

Mo, Lottie and the Junkers by Jennifer Killick (recommended by BookWagon)

Oi Series (Oi Frog, Oi Dog, Oi Cat, Oi Duck Billed Platypus, Oi Puppies) by Kes Gray (recommended by Foggie Toddle Books)

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (recommended by Through the Wardrobe Books)

Sally Lockhart series by Phillip Pullman (recommended by Green Ink Booksellers)

Teen Titans Go (recommended by All Star Comics, Australia based)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (recommended by Round Table Books - purchase from Blackwells)

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman (recommended by Lost in Books)

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Bird by Charlie Mackesy (recommended by The Barrister in Wonderland and The Book Nook)

The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bentley (recommended by Bookbugs & Dragon Tales)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (recommended by The Blue House Bookshop)

The Kiss by Linda Sunderland and Jessica Courtney-Tickle (recommended by Through the Wardrobe Books)

The Missing Bookshop by Katie Clapham and Kirsti Beautyman (recommended by Five Leaves Bookshop)

The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit (recommended by The Barrister's Book Chamber)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (recommended by Through the Wardrobe Books)

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson (recommended by The Barrister in Wonderland)

The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit (recommended by The Barrister's Book Chamber)

 

There's No Such Thing by Heidi McKinnon (recommended by The Little Bookroom- Australia based)

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (recommended by The Blue House Bookshop)

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter (recommended by The Bookshop, Bridport)

Wonder by RJ Palacio (recommended by Rossiter Books)

Your Mind is Like the Sky by Bronwen Ballard (recommended by The Alligator's Mouth)

 

Fiction

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (recommended by Gulliver's Bookshop, order via Blackwells)

A Month in the Country by J.L Carr (Recommended by Sam Read Booksellers)

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (recommended by City Books - order via Blackwells)

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry (recommended by Read, Holmfirth. Order a signed, special edition by emailing read.holmfirth@gmail.com)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (recommended by The Highland Bookshop- order via Blackwells)

Actress by Anne Enright (recommended by The Book Bird - drive thru if you're in Melbourne. Otherwise order from Blackwells)

After the Crash by Michael Bussi (recommended by Anna's Book Lounge)

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (recommended by The Highland Bookshop - order via Blackwells)

All my Friends are Super Heroes by Andrew Kauffman (recommended by Green Ink Booksellers)

Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth (recommended by BookGrove, Australia based)

Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth (recommended by Much Ado Books)

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (recommended by Harris & Harris Books)

Braised Pork by An Yu (recommended by Brunswick Bound - Australia based)

Butcher's Crossing by John Williams (recommended by Bookish Cambridge

Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees (recommended by Winstone's, Sidmouth)

City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham (recommended by Paperback Bookshop, Australia based)

Come by Rita Therese (recommended by The Sun Bookshop - Australia based)

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann (recommended by Goldsboro Books)

 

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (recommended by The Bookshop, Bridport)

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce (recommended by The Book Nook)

Death Wish by Ben Fama (recommended by Bunkhouse Books)

Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston (recommended by Bridge Bookshop)

Diving into Glass by Caro Llewellyn (recommended by Neighbourhood Books, Australia based)

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman (recommended by The Broadway Bookshop, purchase from Galley Beggar Press)

Dubliners by James Joyce (recommended by City Books, purchase from Blackwells)

Eleanor Olliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (recommended by The Barrister in Wonderland)

Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony (recommended by Hunting Raven Books)

Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans (recommended by Hares & Hyenas - Australia based)

Everyone's an Aliebn when You're an Aliebn Too by Jonny Sun (recommended by Porter Square Books - US based so shipping will be higher for UK people)

Factfulness by Hans Gosling (recommended by The Alligators Mouth)

Fair Play by Tove Jansson (recommended by Gay's the Word - order from Portal Bookshop via DM on twitter)

Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico (recommended by Frog and Flamingo, purchase from Blackwells)

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (recommended by One Tree Books)

Girl by Edna O'Brien (recommended by Hunting Raven Books

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (recommended by Hares & Hyenas - Australia based)

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (recommended by Borzoi Bookshop)

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (recommended by The Last Word - purchase from Blackwells)

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (recommended by The Grove Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

How to Bee by Bren Madibble (recommended by The Bookshop at Queenscliff, Australia based)

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashito and Jessica Haegdorn (recommended by Porter Square Books - US based so postage will be higher for UK people)

I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem (recommended by Round Table Books - purchase from Blackwells)

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (recommended by Harris & Harris Books)

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin (recommended by Winstone's, Sidmouth)

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes (recommended by Gay's the Word - order from Portal Bookshop via DM on twitter)

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (recommended by Housmans)

Just a Normal Family by Fiona Lowe (recommended by The Book Bird - drive thru if you're in Melbourne.)
 

Knit Your Own Moustache (recommended by The Bookmark)


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (recommended by City Books - order from Blackwells)

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession (recommended by Astors Bookshop)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (recommended by The Grove Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (recommended by The Suffolk Anthology)

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (recommended by The Book Nook)

March Violets by Philip Kerr (recommended by One Tree Books)

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby (recommended by Books & Ink, purchase from Blackwells

Mr Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo (recommended by Category Is Books)

Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope (recommended by Fairfield Books, Australia based)

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (recommended by Fox Lane Books)

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (recommended by Coventry Bookstore, Australia based)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (recommended by The Barrister's Book Chamber - this link goes to Facebook but you can purchase from them on twitter too)


On the Edge by Rafael Chirbes (recommended by La Batisfera Libros - purchase from Blackwells)

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (recommended by Goldsboro Books

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (recommended by Readings, Australia based)

Q by Christina Dalcher (recommended by Goldsboro Books)

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (recommended by Hill of Content, Australia based)

Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon (recommended by Books & Ink, purchase through Blackwells)

S. (Ship of Theseus) by Doug Dorst & JJ Abrams (recommended by Typewronger Books)

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (recommended by All Star Comics, Australia based)

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey (recommended by One Tree Books)

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (recommended by The Broadway Bookshop)

Strangers by C.L Taylor (recommended by Anna's Book Lounge)

Ten Poems of Kindness by Jackie Kay (recommended by The Old Bank Bookshop)

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear by Walter Moers (recommended by The Blue Bear Bookshop)

The Adversary by Ronnie Scott (recommended by Hill of Content, Australia based)

The Authenticity Project by Clare Tooley (recommended by The Book Nook)

The Binding by Bridget Collins (recommended by Bookbugs & Dragons Tales)

The Collected Stories by Dylan Thomas (recommended by City Books, purchase from Blackwells)
 

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (recommended by Readings, Australia based)

The End we Start From by Megan Hunger (recommended by Gulliver's Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (recommended by The Ironbridge Bookshop)

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kaye (recommended by Frog and Flamingo, purchase from Blackwells)

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clare North (recommended by Bookish Cambridge

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (recommended by Anna's Book Lounge)

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn (recommended by The Bookshop Liskeard)

The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford (recommended by Anna's Book Lounge)

The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber (recommended by The Bookshop Liskeard)

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G Leonard & Sam Sedgman (recommended by The Bookmark)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (recommended by The Grove Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

The Horseman by Tim Pears (recommended by The Suffolk Anthology)


The Humans by Matt Haig (recommended by The Book Nook)

The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada trans Margaret Mitsutani (recommended by Typewronger Books)

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (recommended by Anna's Book Lounge)

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (recommended by Category Is Books)

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts (recommended by Borzoi Bookshop)

The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton (recommended by BookGrove, Australia based)

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (recommended by Green Ink Booksellers)

The Octopus and I by Erin Hortle (recommended by Hill of Content, Australia based)

The Other Bennett Sister by Janice Hadlow (recommended by Lost in Books)

The Man who Planted Trees by Jean Giono (recommended by Pages Books, purchase from Blackwells)

The Man who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy (recommended by Brunswick Bound - Australia based)

 

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (recommended by Fairfield Books, Australia based)

The New Confessions by William Boyd (recommended by The Old Bank Bookshop)

The Nightingale by Kristine Hannah (recommended by The Book Shop)
 

The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson (recommended by Harris & Harris Books)


The Offing by Benjamin Myers (recommended by Read. Holmfirth - purchase by emailing read.holmfirth@gmail.com)


The Parisian by Isabella Hammad (recommended by The Bookshop Liskeard)

The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story ed. Philip Hensher (Recommended by Sam Read Booksellers)

The Road to Apple Dumpling Bridge by KL Knowles (recommended by The Book Shop)

The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories (recommended by Sam Read Booksellers)
 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (recommended by The Grove Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

The Shifting Landscapes by Katherine Kovacic (recommended by The Sun Bookshop - Australia based)

The Silence by Susan Allott (recommended by The Sun Bookshop - Australia based)

The War of the World by HG Wells (recommended by The Barrister's Book Chamber)

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks (recommended by Readings, Australia based)

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett (recommended by Neighbourhood Books, Australia based)

Things we Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez (recommended by La Batisfera Libros - purchase from Blackwells)

Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryan (recommended by Much Ado Books)

Tony and Susan by Austin Wright (recommended by Bookish Cambridge)

Too Much World by Claire Murphy (recommended by The Book Shop)

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (recommended by The Barrister's Book Chamber)

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (recommended by Westwood Books)

Weather by Jenny Offill (recommended by The Last Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (recommended by Harris & Harris Books & The Book Shop)

Witch Light by Susan Fletcher (Recommended by The Bookmark)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig (recommended by Astors Bookshop)

Non-Fiction

Artists 1950-81; a Personal View by Hans Namuth (recommended by Bunkhouse Books)

Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness (recommended by Pages Books, purchase from Blackwells)

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee (recommended by Madhatters Bookshop, order from Blackwells)

Emotional Agility by Susan David (recommended by Coventry Bookstore, Australia based)

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Save Australia by Victor Steffenson (recommended by Neighbourhood Books, Australia based)

From What is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want by Rob Hopkins (recommended by LiznoJan Books)

Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele (recommended by Hares & Hyenas - Australia based)

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks (recommended by Category is Books)

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (recommended by Housmans (UK based) & Paperback Bookshop (Australia based))

 

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (recommended by The Broadway Bookshop, purchase through Blackwells)

Jacinta Arden: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader by Michelle Duff (recommended by The Bookshop at Queenscliff, Australia based)

Just Kids by Patti Smith (recommended by Paperback Bookshop - Australia based)

Making Comics by Lynda Barry (recommended by Porter Square Books - US based so shipping will be higher for UK people)

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes (recommended by Gulliver's Bookshop, purchase from Blackwells)

Older but Better but Older by Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas (recommended by The Book Bird - drive thru service if you're in Melbourne. Otherwise purchase via Blackwells)

Printing Wildlife: approaches to wildlife printmaking by Lisa Hooper (recommended by The Old Bank Bookshop)

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (recommended by Astors Bookshop)

Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit (recommended by The Bookshop, Bridport)

The Crying Book by Heather Christie (recommended by The Last Word, purchase from Blackwells)

The Joke and its Relation to the Unconscious by Sigmund Freud (recommended by The Freud Museum)

The Lives of Houses by Kate Kennedy & Hermione Lee (Recommended by Sam Read Booksellers)

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (recommended by Five Leaves Bookshop)

The Penguin Freud Reader (recommended by The Freud Museum)

The Power of Breathwork by Jennifer Patterson (recommended by LiznoJan Books)

The Wild Journal: A Year of Nurturing Yourself Through Nature (recommended by LiznoJan Books)

The Womens Suffrage Cookery Book (recommended by Woodbridge Emporium)

 

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (recommended by Hunting Raven Books)

 

Triganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus (recommended by Coventry Bookstore, Australia based)

Uncanny Valley by Anna Weiner (recommended by The Bookshop at Queenscliff, Australia based)

Wanderland by Jini Reddy (recommended by Woodbridge Emporium)

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (recommended by The Highland Bookshop - order via Blackwells)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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