To celebrate hitting 50,000(!) followers on Instagram, we thought we’d share our 50 must-read books, as chosen by our wonderful members! There’s a huge mix of books, from classics to contemporary, autobiographies to crime thrillers – how many have you read?!

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

A Life on Our Planet (David Attenborough)

A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)

All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) 

Beartown (Fredrik Backman)

Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Birdsong (Sebastian Faulkes)

Clap When You Land (Elizabeth Acevedo)

Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters)

Fifty-Fifty (Steve Cavanagh)

Educated (Tara Westover)

Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo)

Half a World Away (Mike Gayle)

Hamnet (Maggie O’Farrell)

His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman)

Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)

I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)

Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

Little Women (Louise May Alcott)

Love in Colour (Bolu Babalola)

Natives (Akala)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)

Noughts & Crosses series (Malorie Blackman)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

Open Water (Caleb Azumah Nelson)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams)

Regeneration (Pat Barker)

Such A Fun Age (Kiley Reid)

The Beekeeper of Aleppo (Christy Lefteri)

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

The Flatshare (Beth O’Leary)

The Girl With the Louding Voice (Abi Dare)

The Great Believers (Rebecca Makkai)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies (John Boyne)

The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

The Light Between Oceans (M L Stedman)

The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

Three Hours (Rosamund Lupton)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

When God was a Rabbit (Sarah Winman)

Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

We’ve created a Bookshop list of all these amazing books that you can visit here – this is an affiliate link so if you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops!

How many of these books have you read? What books would you add to our must-read list?