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I'm on a mission to find books about mid-twenty-somethings ladies trying to figure out how to be independent in life and love. I just want something that I can relate to at this point in my life and I'm finding it rather difficult to locate literature of this sort. Maybe something thematically similar to the HBO series Girls, perhaps? Any suggestions would be most appreciated! :)

Asked by Anonymous

How about Summer Sisters by Judy Blume?

Hi there. Do you know of any good mystery/crime books? I realised that my favourite film/TV genre was this and so I want to try out some more books in this genre too. I love BBC's Sherlock, for instance. Preferably non-YA books, please.

Asked by Anonymous

I really enjoyed Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None; Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca; Mary Horlock’s The Book of Lies; Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale; Rosamund Lupton’s Sister and Afterwards; S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep.

I’m hoping to read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History this month!

I love your blog as well :) and I'm wondering, if you know of any really well WWII/Holocaust or WWI books? I've read All Quiet on the Western Front and really loved it, and I'm getting around to Diary of Anne Frank and Night, so anything else is welcome for suggestion! (Mostly historical fiction please, but if you know of any good non-fiction, let me know!)

Asked by monsieur-blue

I do, actually! I’ve been mostly making a list of First World War young adult and children’s novels to post next month for the centenary (and because they’re harder to find).

WWI
Charlotte Sometimes
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave*
Poppy
Valentine Joe
War Girls* (and you can read my interview with one of the authors here)
Without Warning: Ellen’s Story, 1914-1918
War Horse
Remembrance

WW2
Code Name Verity*
Rose Under Fire
Between Shades of Gray*
The Complete Maus*
The Storyteller*
The Book of Lies*
Bomb Girls
Carrie’s War
The Book Thief*
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Resistance
Girl With a White Dog
Fly Away Home
That Burning Summer
Warpaint
Cross My Heart
The Things We Did for Love
Prisoner of Night and Fog

So yes, mostly YA though. I haven’t read them all, just the ones with an asterisk – the others are on my ‘to read’ list or ‘wishlist’!

And these are neither, but they’re brilliant historical non-fiction: Stasiland and Nothing to Envy. You can see reviews of historical books I’ve read here.

And thank you! :)

edit: Here’s others that I’ve bee sent messages about:
A Woman in Berlin, I Will Bear Witness, Fatelessness, Jakob the Liar, Every Man Dies Alone, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Eichmann in Jerusalem, The Tin Drum, Number the Stars, and For Freedom.

Have you read Fangirl? Because I maybe want to buy the book (they dont have it in our library yet) but it's very expensive in my own language... I just want to know if its worth it...

Asked by Anonymous

If you’ve ever read or written fanfiction (I haven’t) or have been part of an online fan community or fansite (I have), you’ll likely enjoy Fangirl. I wrote a review of it here – it was one of the most enjoyable to write!

Do you read ebooks? If so, isn't it weird? The reason i'm asking is that i'd like to read ebooks cause they're accessible and some free but i just can't read a virtual book. I tried but i can't

Asked by a-n-n-e-m-a-r-i-e

I love eBooks! I’ve had a Kindle for over three years now and even though I ‘prefer’ physical books (unsurprisingly, since this is called Pretty Books!), I love reading eBooks. I commute to work and so I much prefer taking my Kindle with me. I enjoy the fact that I can read with gloves on in the winter and eat my lunch and read at the same time. I also find that I read much faster! It probably doesn’t do my bookshelves any harm either… They’re full as it is! I also have an e-ink reader rather than a tablet, which is much nicer to read on, I think.

High-res #BookADayUK / I pretend to have read it.Now, I actually never pretend to have read a book when I haven’t. But sometimes, when I’m around English Literature graduates, I just nod and smile politely when they talk about the books and poetry they studied because I took Sociology and therefore often have no idea what they’re talking about!

#BookADayUK / I pretend to have read it.
Now, I actually never pretend to have read a book when I haven’t. But sometimes, when I’m around English Literature graduates, I just nod and smile politely when they talk about the books and poetry they studied because I took Sociology and therefore often have no idea what they’re talking about!