Top 25 Best Books to Read

25 page turning books – courtesy of my readers – that apparently you won’t be able to put down!

I recently read my first book ever (crazy right?!) and I loved it. In fact I think it may have kick started a whole new chapter for me (no pun intended).

Whilst I didn’t find reading the book a struggle, I did find choosing one to read quite overwhelming. I had no idea where to start looking, so I took to Instagram and asked my followers what they recommended. The responses poured in, and it seems I now have a very healthy book guide to work my way through.

Here’s the top 25 books that have made my list of must reads, all courtesy of The Organised Housewife community – thank you!

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Celeste Barber bookChallenge Accepted!

Author: Celeste Barber

Funny woman, Instagram star and international comedy sensation, Celeste Barber’s Challenge Accepted! is a hilarious and outspoken guide to life, unwanted gas and how to rock a sexy scar. It’s real, like totally, really real.

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The Dry by Jane HarperThe Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Who really killed the Hadler family? Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well … 

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The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThe Rosie Project

Author: Graeme Simsion

An international bestselling romantic comedy. Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. Then a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire—a sixteen-page, scientifically researched document—to find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. 

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Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in a full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead.

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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A by Mark MansonThe Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

Author: Mark Manson

Backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, Mark Manson makes the argument that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. It’s time to recalibrate what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can worry about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

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The Mister

Author:  E L James

The thrilling new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal number 1 bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy – London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

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How to be Second Best by Jessica DettmannHow To Be Second Best

Author: Jessica Dettmann

Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma’s husband simultaneously fathers a third child three doors up the street, things get very tricky, very fast.  No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother – now she’s trying to be the best ex-wife, and the best part-time parent to her ex’s love child, and that’s before she even thinks about adding a new bloke to the mix. 

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent DaltonBoy Swallows Universe

Author: Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli’s life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He’s about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

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The Lake House by Kate MortonThe Lake House

Author: Kate Morton

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned. Fast forward to decades later…

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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi PicoultMy Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Anna Fitzgerald doesn’t want her sister to die. But she’s sick of helping her to live. Anna was born to be a perfect genetic match for Kate, who at just two years old was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. For thirteen years, she has acted as donor to her sister.  Now, Kate needs a kidney, and nobody is asking Anna how she feels about it, they’re just assuming she will donate. Until the Sheriff serves the papers that will rock their family’s world: Anna is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. 

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Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander – Volume 1

Author: Diana Gabaldon

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather. 

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Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWater For Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

A great, glorious, big-hearted novel set in a travelling circus touring the back blocks of America during the great depression of the early 1930s. It’s a story of love and hate, trains and circuses, dwarves and fat ladies, horses and elephants – or, to be specific, one elephant, Rosie, star of the Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

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Becoming by Michelle ObamaBecoming

Author: Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. 

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane MoriartyNine Perfect Strangers

Author: Liane Moriarty

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them. 

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Am I Doing This Right? by Tanya HennessyAm I Doing This Right?

Author: Tanya Hennessy

Tanya Hennessy can’t tell the time on an analogue clock, was once employed as a stilt-walker and still sleeps with Morris, her childhood teddy bear, so naturally, she is the most qualified person to write a guidebook for growing up. Tanya has compiled an entire alphabet full of hilarious, horrible, humbling and happy experiences that will make you laugh, cry and ultimately leave you feeling less alone in this complicated world. 

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The Woman In The Window by A J FinnThe Woman In The Window

Author: A.J. Finn

It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

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Slow. Live life simply. By Brroke McAlarySlow. Live Life Simply.

Author: Brooke McAlary

Once upon a time, Brooke McAlary thought she was close to having it all. Married to a wonderful man, mother to a lively young daughter, and pregnant for a second time, she’d acquired all the things she’d once thought important – holidays, cars, a renovated home. Yet despite this, she found herself utterly despondent. Realising that they wanted a simpler, more fulfilling existence, Brooke and her family gradually created their own way of living, with an emphasis on depth, connection and experiences. 

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The Nowhere Child by Christian WhiteThe Nowhere Child

Author: Christian White

On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. 

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Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

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The Sparkle Pages by Meg BignellThe Sparkle Pages

Author: Meg Bignell

Susannah Parks – wife, mother, cleaner of surfaces and runner of household – is a viola virtuoso. Except she hasn’t picked up a viola for over a decade. She has, however, picked up a lot of Lego, socks, wet towels and other exhibits of mundanity. She has also picked up on the possibility that her husband has lost interest in her. (And frankly, she’s not very interested in Susannah Parks either.) But this year, she has resolved to be very interesting. Also thoughtful, useful, cheerful, relevant, self-sufficient, stylish, alluring and intelligent. 

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The Mother-In-Law by Sally HepworthThe Mother-In-Law

Author: Sally Hepworth

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

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The Bronze Horseman by Paullina SimonsThe Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer when the sun hardly sets on the beautiful palaces and stately avenues that still speak of a different age, when the city was known as St. Petersburg. The Metanov family live in a crowded apartment, the two sisters Daria and Tatiana sharing a bed, their parents and brother crowded in another room, their grandparents nearby. It’s a hard life, but one with room enough for love and romance. However, when Tatiana first sets eyes on Daria’s boyfriend, Alexander, she knows immediately that for her, the path of love will never be easy, but rather, one of sacrifice and denial.

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The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerThe Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Author: Amy Schumer

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good – and bad – sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.

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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly RinglandThe Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Author: Holly Ringland

After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. 

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16 comments

Amelia May 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Super, I need to pick a book club book tonight!! Perfect timing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 15, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Haha, that’s fabulous to hear! Hope you picked a page turner Amelia. Kat x

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Lizzy May 14, 2019 - 7:26 PM

I just finished Jemima J by Jane Green. It was so good, definitely one of my all time favourite books! I also liked Falling, also by Jane Green.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 15, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Ooh, more to add to my list, LOL. Thanks for the suggestions Lizzy! x

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Michelle May 16, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Thank you so much for reviewing these books. I read a blog called Mix and Match Mama and she reviews 4 to 5 books a month. If you love to read check out her web site. I have read some great books from her recommendations and from the people who comment on her web site.

I was finally able to get the Silent Patient after 3 months on a wait list from my library, I think you might like it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Thanks so much Michelle! Will check out her site.

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Kirstie May 26, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Oooh great list.. definitely check out a few of them!
Also anything by Marian Keyes…She is amazing!

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Margaret Middleton May 17, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Have read most of those books. May I recommend your clients to look at Dropbox. It’s an app where you can download digitised books from your local library onto your computer or tablet, and you have 2 weeks to read them. If you don’t finish reading books in that time, you can renew them. You don’t get to keep these books, they’re just on loan like regular books from the library. I’ve spent a fortune on books over the years and as a result am swamped with them! BorrowBox has been a godsend for me, particularly as I’m now laid up from botched surgery for hip replacement. Night recommend using BorrowBox as you can see! Check it out.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Great suggestion Margaret, thank you! Wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope that you are back up and about soon x

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AMI June 24, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Borrow box

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Kate May 19, 2019 - 11:42 PM

I received the Michelle Obama book for Mothers Day – so looking forward to the read.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2019 - 9:33 AM

I hear it’s a great read! Let us know what you think of it x

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Melissa Chambers May 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

I have read The Dry – edge of sit thriller ans The Rosie Project – hilarious but accurate. Just finished The Orchardists Daughter by Karen Viggers. Excellent read that captures community in a small rural town.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Thanks Melissa, I’ll add that one to my list too! x

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Melinda March 23, 2021 - 8:09 AM

My Husband’s Daughter by Emma Robinson was just brilliant. Keep tissues handy for the ugly crying as you can’t help bonding with these characters.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 24, 2021 - 1:16 PM

Oh thank you for recommending that title! Kat x

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