Books you NEED to read



If you’re not a big read then now’s the chance to start. Reading books opens you up to a whole new world of stories, characters and information that otherwise you would be missing out on. Reading is good for the soul and good for the mind, the ultimate act of self care. If you think you don’t like reading then you’ve probably just never found the book for you.

Here’s a few of our faves from the ISAW fam, from Crime to Romance, there’ll deffo be something on the list for you. 



Gone Girl

Husband Nick Dunne discovers that the entire media focus has shifted on him as a suspect when his wife Amy Dunne disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. Everything is not as it seems.

Girl On The Train

The story is a first-person narrative told from the point of view of three women: Rachel, Anna, and Megan. Rachel Watson is a 33-year-old alcoholic, reeling from the end of her marriage to Tom, who left her for another woman, Anna Boyd. Rachel's drinking has caused her to lose her job; she frequently binges and has blackouts. Rachel follows her old routine of taking the train to London everyday; her train slowly passes her old house, where Tom and Anna now live. She also begins watching from the train an attractive couple who live a few houses away from Tom. She idealises their life (this is megan).

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door is about Anne and Marco Conti who are invited to their neighbours for a dinner party, they leave their six-month-old baby daughter at home and just take a baby monitor with them, in between going back every half an hour to check on her. At Midnight Anne leaves the party to return home to find the baby missing and the cot empty.


When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare. Especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers. But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again



The Shining

Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy,, and his son, Danny who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

The Hunger

They have been journeying west for weeks and have reached a crossroads. Two diverging paths lead to the same destination. Desperate to reach the other side of the mountains before the weather turns, George Donner’s decision will affect the lives of everyone travelling with him. Driven to the brink of madness, the group struggle to survive, they turn against each other, a few begin to realize that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the elements to something more primal, and far more deadly.

Rosemary's Baby

A young wife comes to believe that her unborn baby is not of this world. Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet. When Rosemary becomes pregnant she becomes increasingly isolated, and the diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth.




We all know the Twilight saga books whether we’ve read them or not. The young adult vampire-romance novel written by author Stephenie Meyer. If you’re going to give them a read (or re-read) Twilight is the first book in the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington. She is endangered after falling in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire

Harry Potter

I mean we all know the plot to Harry Potter...

Peter James (Roy Grace)

A gripping series of detective books by Peter James. Centred around character Roy Grace; a down-to-earth detective with a strong sense of conviction, and a sense of humor. He was touched by tragedy ten years ago when his wife disappeared. He still hopes to find her and even keeps some of her things in place in case she resurfaced. In his work, Grace investigates missing-person cases. Each book focuses on a different case whilst dropping in small clues about Roy Grace’s past personal life.



To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life. Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves.

Me Before You

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will is bitter and nasty at first. With time, however, he slowly warms up to Lou, and their relationship grows closer and closer. Lou learns the truth about why she was hired: after a previous suicide attempt, Will made his mother promise to take him to an assisted suicide facility in six months to end his life. Lou's job has actually been to make sure he doesn't hurt himself before then.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Henry De Tamble suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. On one of his sojourns, he meets the love of his life, Claire, and they marry. But the problems and complexities of any relationship are multiplied by Henry's inability to remain in one time and place, so that he and his beloved are continually out of sync.



A Brief History Of Time

A Brief History Of Time is Stephen Hawking's way of explaining the most complex concepts and ideas of physics, such as space, time, black holes, planets, stars and gravity to the average Joe, so that even you and I can better understand how our planet was created, where it came from, and where it's headed next.

Bad Blood

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. Tim Kemp had good news for his team. The former IBM executive was in charge of bioinformatics at Theranos, a startup with a cutting-edge blood-testing system.It covers the rise and fall of the firm Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup headed by Elizabeth Holmes. If you want to know a bit more about it before buying the book watch Kendall Rae’s Youtube video which gives a great explanation.

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck

Finding something important and meaningful in your life is the most productive use of your time and energy. This is true because every life has problems associated with it and finding meaning in your life will help you sustain the effort needed to overcome the particular problems you face. Thus, we can say that the key to living a good life is not giving a fuck about more things, but rather, giving a fuck only about the things that align with your personal values.

This Is Going To Hurt

Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, hospital doctors, and in particular the author, are depicted as poorly paid, undervalued and grossly neglected professionals who are unfailingly willing to give up their own time for free to do battle with the health of the nation.



A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life is the autobiographical memoir of Jaycee Dugard. Dugard was kidnapped in June of 1991 near her home by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. For eighteen years, she was a captive of the couple and forced to endure repeated sexual abuse and false imprisonment.


Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

Eat Pray Love

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. This autobiography was also turned into a movie starring Julie Andrews!


Coming of Age

All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places is a compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. This has recently been turned into a Netflix film, however I would recommend reading the book before the film.

The Spectacular Now

Sutter, a popular party animal unexpectedly meets the introverted Aimee after waking up on a stranger's lawn. As Sutter deals with the problems in his life including the development of alcoholism and Aimee plans for her future beyond school, an unexpected romance blossoms between them. All i can say is READ THIS BOOK. The film is awful in comparison and they even change the ending???

Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows. John Green was THE author of my teen years, from The Fault In Our Stars to Looking for Alaska- it will forever amaze me how he has such a great insight to my mind.

Normal People

Normal People is a story set in Ireland about the relationship over time between two people, complicated by their social and socio-economic divisions. Marianne and Connell meet as teenagers in high school. Marianne is bookish, unpopular and wealthy. Meanwhile Connell is a well-liked football player, but his family is of the “wrong” sort. They’re friends because Connell’s mom works as a cleaner for Marianne’s house. When Marianne admits her feelings for Connell, they begin hooking up secretly. The novel then follows Marianne and Connell’s “will-they-or-won’t-they?” relationship across the next five years.


Lord Of The Flies

William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves alone on a deserted island. They develop rules and a system of organization, but without any adults to serve as a 'civilizing' impulse, the children eventually become violent and brutal.

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a novel about a group of animals who take control of the farm they live on. However, trouble starts as the pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, fight for the hearts and minds of the other animals on the farm. Napoleon seizes power by force and ends up exploiting the animals just as Farmer Jones had done. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” the similarity between politics and this animal novella is uncanny.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby's neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after 1922, when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. The story is filled with affairs, drama, love and murder.

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