Today, I wanted to share with you 5 recommendations that I have picked at random from the books I have read in the past year or so. I wanted to pick some books that I feel do not get a lot of attention or love that they rightfully deserve. So, here are 5 random book recommendations!
Seed by Lisa Heathfield
Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.
I read this book last year on the recommendation of a few friends and I wanted to pass the recommendation on to you all! If you enjoy mystery books and have an interest in cults, then this is the book for you. It is hard-hitting, dark and shocks you at every turn. This book deserves so much more attention and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Every Little Piece of My Heart by Non Pratt
When Sophie receives a parcel from her best friend, Freya, she expects it to contain the reason why Freya left town so suddenly, without goodbyes and without explanation. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew – or did she? As more letters arrive for more people on the periphery of Freya’s life, Sophie and Win begin to piece together who Freya was and why she left. Sometimes it’s not about who’s gone, but about who they leave behind.
This book was released last year but due to covid and bookshops being closed, it did not get the love that it deserved. I loved this story when I read it and flew right the way through the book. Non Pratt does an amazing job of writing realistic teenagers. This book is about friendships, misconceptions and so much more, I cannot recommend it enough.
First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson
There are three sides to every story… It’s GCSE results day. Frankie’s best friend, Jojo, is missing. A baby has been stolen. And more than one person has been lying. Frankie’s determined to find out the truth and her ex-boyfriend Ram is the only person who can help her. But they’re both in for a shock… EVERYTHING is about to change.
This books release got pushed back due to covid and I due to that I read it incredibly early thanks to having a proof copy. It is a book I will never forget because of how I felt when reading it. I was in a reading slump when I started this book and within 12 hours I had finished this book and wanted to move onto another straight away. It is a book that I just could not put down due to how intriguing and incredible the story itself is. If you are looking for a book to get you out of a reading slump and a book you cannot put down, I recommend this one to you!
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
A small town murder mystery book that I flew right the way through. This book is perfect for fans of murder mysteries but also for fans of podcasts. With a podcast about the missing girl weaved throughout the story and a real-time look at the small town where the main character is living, this book is an incredible read. I would highly recommend this one in both its physical format but also in its audiobook format as well because that is exceptional and has a real cast of narrators.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?
Maurene Goo went from an author I knew very little about at the start of last year and then by the end of the year she was one of my favourite authors. This is my favourite of her book for a number of reasons. Romance, food trucks and rivalry being a few of the reasons. If you are looking for a cute romance with a little competitive rivalry throughout, then this is the book for you.
There you have it, 5 completely random recommendations! What are some random books that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!